|Forum topic by pintodeluxe||posted 05-27-2016 08:56 PM||461 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
05-27-2016 08:56 PM
I am working on a project with glass doors. There is a center mullion and secondary rail to form openings for leaded glass. I know glass door joinery can get pretty complicated, but luckily the parts are simple craftsman style without any decorative profile. Rails and stiles are 2” wide x 7/8” thick. Mullion and muntins are 1.75” wide x 7/8” thick.
I want to cut the rabbets first, and mill offset tenon shoulders to match. No problem there. The design issue I am having is where the intersecting parts meet for a half lap joint.
A true half lap would leave a gap in the joinery as shown here.
The gap would be covered by the leaded glass frame, but it would be nice if the joinery were a little cleaner.
2. Cut the rabbets before assembly. Then cut a partially lapped joint at the intersection. This would leave the vertical mullion 1/4” thick at the joint. The muntin would be thicker. All door stock is 7/8” thick.
3. Cut rabbets before assembly. True half lap that creates a gap. Fill gaps with hardwood pieces after assembly.
Any ideas on which method you prefer?
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