Flat Panel Door with Dutchman

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Forum topic by ClammyBallz posted 12-29-2015 08:12 PM 651 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2015 08:12 PM

I want to make a door like this for a cabinet I’m working on.

Is this is 1/4” solid stock or is it thicker?
What do you think they did for the groove in the center? V-groove router bit or run it through the table saw?

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#1 posted 12-29-2015 09:44 PM

Clammy, I would guess that it is book matched 1/4” or maybe 5/16” stock. Make the bevel on the TS or a bevel router bit before gluing up the panel, but only cut the bevel to 1/8”. Hopefully, someone that is knowledgeable will chime in on this. :D

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 10:31 PM

I made a cabinet door very similar, book matched quarter sawn white oak, I did not put in the butter flies and the 2 panels are not glued or attached to the other except by a tight fit, bevels where done on the router table with a 45* bit, Mine are 3/8s or 5/16 thick, cant remember, I was going for 3/8s but might have had to go just a bit under to clean up the resaw.

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#3 posted 01-02-2016 06:06 PM

Hey CB,

These are standard doors on upper end factory made furniture. They’re pretty easy to build once you get the dutchman thing figured out (which I would do on some scrap first). Like they said above, they’re at least 1/4” thick book-matched pairs with the center chamfer done either on the table saw, jointer, hand plane, router, etc. The panels will need to float in the rail/stile frame to allow for expansion across the grain. Since you can run the grooves in the rails & stiles on the table saw, make sure you account for the haunch or part that will fill in the table saw groove. I’ve had good luck with Spaceballs in my doors. They keep the panels secure yet allow them to expand & contract. If you don’t use a template kit, make the dutchman first, then use a razor knife to “trace” it on the wood to get an exact fit. There are lots of router kits that will help with the template and a bearing to account for the bit width when cutting out the hole and the patch. Also, pre-finish your panels. They will expand and contract an 1/8” over the next year and you don’t want to see unfinished wood exposed. Also, back bevel the inside of the doors so they don’t bind when they swing shut.

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