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HickWillis

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10-26-2016 02:05 PM

Hi all,

I just began the process of milling my lumber for some shaker style cabinet doors I am making for my kitchen. I got 5/4 red oak and am wondering if it is maybe too thick? I went to 5/4 so I could 1/2” ply for the inserts. Should I consider planing this down a little bit or would 5/4 look fine in a kitchen?

-- -Will


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#1 posted 10-26-2016 03:08 PM

Well 5/4 will net out at 1” thick. I think that’s a little too thick for my taste, especially if the cabinet doors are overlay style. However, I almost always start with 5/4 stock regardless of the final thickness. It is just easier to get flat, straight stock when you start with 5/4.

I would shoot for 7/8” thick. If you don’t like it, you can always plane it down to 3/4”.

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#2 posted 10-26-2016 03:14 PM

Most ultra-high-end (read expensive) cabinetry uses thicker doors. Just keep in mind that this requires a thick door hinge.
Most one-piece production cabinet hinges can’t handle the throw out on a door that thick.

So, unless you can mount these with a Euro style thick door hinge, you’ll need them to be thinner.

My preference says thicker is better.

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#3 posted 10-26-2016 03:27 PM

Should I consider planing this down a little bit or would 5/4 look fine in a kitchen?

If the drawer fronts are the same you should be okay with that.

The industry standard is 3/4 though.

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#4 posted 10-26-2016 03:50 PM

Most door companies will offer a thicker door (7/8”)
I just made some shaker doors that were 1” thick with a 3/8” panel.

I prefer a thicker door, there just better all around.

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#5 posted 10-26-2016 04:03 PM

Nice reveal on your well made doors jbay!

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#6 posted 10-26-2016 05:17 PM



Most ultra-high-end (read expensive) cabinetry uses thicker doors. Just keep in mind that this requires a thick door hinge.
Most one-piece production cabinet hinges can t handle the throw out on a door that thick.

So, unless you can mount these with a Euro style thick door hinge, you ll need them to be thinner.

My preference says thicker is better.

- DS

I can mount them Euro style – just need to locate the correct door hinge to allow for the thicker doors.

-- -Will

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#7 posted 10-26-2016 05:17 PM



Should I consider planing this down a little bit or would 5/4 look fine in a kitchen?

If the drawer fronts are the same you should be okay with that.

The industry standard is 3/4 though.

- waho6o9

Drawer fronts will be the same thickness – however I’m making the drawer fronts a solid piece (no insert). Saw a few pictures of kitchens with this style and I liked it.

-- -Will

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