|Forum topic by Jackietreehorn||posted 11-03-2015 12:01 AM||600 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
11-03-2015 12:01 AM
I’m about to start routering my rails and stiles and I got to scratching my head a bit. I have two tall pantry doors, around 60×16.
I based the height off my parents pantry which was wider. I figured if theirs didn’t have problems I should be able to (hopefully) get away with it, except whoever built theirs knows a lot more than I do.
Stiles are 2&5/16 wide 3/4 maple. The panels are 1/4 mdf maple veneer. I planned on using four hinges per door to help hold things together too. I’m really against adding a middle rail (as is wife).
In my searching I’ve stumbled across a suggestion of cutting a middle rail and planing it down to go in the backside. They also suggested doing an 1/8 dado in back of panel so the rail would stay thicker. Kind of makes sense to me.
The second thing I read was where a guy was saying to glue the hinge side stile to the panel.
And the last thing I’m considering is doing a longer tenon as I have the adjustable rail and stile bit. I’m a little leery of this as this is my first leap into rail and stile bit and afraid of miscalculation or something on my part. Is the extended tenon real helpful on a door of this size?
Just curious if anyone has a suggestion of what’s better, doesn’t seem to be a tried and true method other than splitting door in half with extra rail. Thanks!