|Forum topic by kap_x||posted 09-24-2015 03:25 PM||1662 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
09-24-2015 03:25 PM
I am new to woodworking and decided to dive head first building a 7’6” Gustavian-style corner china cabinet. It will look similar to this. Most everything is done and looking good, but I am working on the cabinet doors now. This is a paint-grade project.
The top section will feature cabinet doors which are ~36” tall and ~13.5” wide. Each will have a 1/8” glass panel inset into the rails and stiles. The rails and stiles on the lower cabinet doors are joined with mitered edges and each have a dado which accommodates a central panel. I’d like to make the top doors in a similar manner, but with glass. These will have two additional horizontal rails on the front face in line with the shelves. I have never worked with glass before, so this presents some foreseeable challenges for me.
As it stands, the rails and stiles are all designed to be 3/4” thick and 2” wide. I am thinking a 1/4” deep dado into each to accommodate the glass panel and still leave room for inset frameless hinges and a key-lock mechanism. My hangups are as follows:
1. Joinery – I am concerned that glued miter joints will not be strong enough to support the weight of the glass on a cabinet door. Is this a valid concern? Should I change the joinery? On the bottom doors the center panel was glued into the dado; is there an adhesive with which I could accomplish this with the glass?
2. Dado concept – On most of the glass doors I see, it seems the glass is inset into a rabbet. Is there something I am overlooking with the design concept, for instance issues stemming from temperature fluctuations (I live in Alaska…)
3. Joinery for horizontal rails – Still debating on how I want to join these with the stiles. I was thinking some sort of lap joint but if there is glass in the 3/4” stock, that’s a pretty thin joining surface. Suggestions?
Thanks in advance!!