a 60’s vintage kitchen with typical plain/flat front semi-overlay cabinet doors.
3/4” thick doors—3/8” x 3/8” overlay.
They want the LOOK of archtop raised panels but don’t want to go the cost of new doors.
The two ways I know to mimic that look is by either
Routing into the existing doors.
Trace the pattern of the panel with a couple of V or rounded grooves about an inch apart and then a mortise bit to flatten out the space between.
Cut ‘rails’, ‘stiles’ and ‘panel’ out of 3/8” plywood or MDF – route the edges appropriately and glue/brad them onto the surface of the doors.
– inset about 1/4” from the outer edge of the door to give decorative edge.
Is there a third option I’m overlooking?
Of these two – which would be preferred?
If I went with the overlay—should I get by with 1/4” instead of 3/8”?
or – conversely – should I go up to 1/2”
(Yes – I know that is largely subjective—but I value input.)
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