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Forum topic by plang posted 04-11-2010 08:11 PM 1347 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2010 08:11 PM

My wife wants me to build new doors for our kitchen cabinets and wants them to have beadboard as the paneling to match a spice cabinet I made for her. My question is, what other joints will serve well on the rails and stiles other then cope and stick. I have no way at this time to make anything fancy due to my shop is in storage. At this time it will need to be something simple such as a 45 degree with spline at the joints, or her choice, a half lap joint which I agree to for strength. Will these joints hold up for this application or what do you suggest? Thanks Plang

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#1 posted 04-11-2010 08:29 PM

toung and groove. (spelling?) sorry you did say other than cope and stick too, so what about plunge panel bits? ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 04-11-2010 10:01 PM

A half lap would work and you could fancy it up by a small rounding where the boards meet, if desired.

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#3 posted 04-12-2010 12:17 AM

Pocket screws with butt joints will also work on the door and are amazingly strong. You can rabbet the backside of the door panel frame to install the bead board panel. Won’t be fancy, but will definitely won’t require a lot of tools.

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Michael Murphy

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 12:51 AM

Mitered doors with splines or biscuits along with the beadboard should be strong enough and easy to do.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#5 posted 04-12-2010 05:00 PM

Half-lapping the rails and stiles will be plenty strong for your application. A simple rectangular cross-section will work nicely with the beadboard panels. They’re simple to make, and if they’re all the same thickness and width, you can crank all of them out with a single setup.

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Kent Shepherd

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#6 posted 04-13-2010 11:56 PM

This is a little more time consuming but makes a good strong joint with minimal tools. I have doweled mitered corners together several times. All you need is a drill and doweling jig. I have not had great luck with biscuits and strong joints.

Half lap is a good choice, but do you have the tools available to do that?


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#7 posted 04-14-2010 12:06 AM

Check out Copperhead’s page on LJ’s He is a cabinet door maker
and knows his stuff! I met him last week and saw his business!
I’m sure he could help you!!!!!!

-- dumpster diver delux

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