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Forum topic by intheshop posted 11-03-2010 07:47 PM 1369 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2010 07:47 PM

I’m building the vanity cabinet in the pic. I’ve made a couple of design changes and I’m interested in some help with the doors. The changes I’ve made include using 45 degree chamfers instead of round overs on the drawer front, false front, and skirt. Also, I used a simple arch to match the doors on the skirt and this too was chamfered. The rest of the woodwork for this bathroom will follow this style including arches and chamfers. There is a medicine chest and a mirror that will have stiles and rails which are offset by 1/4” – I think this is Greene & Greene style or Craftsman.
Here’s my dilemma: I had planned to use simple raised panel doors with a matched rail and stile set. But in order to make these doors match the rest of the woodwork I’d like to use the 1/4” offset with mortise and tenons and a slot to hold the panel. But how should I handle the chamfers since the rails and stiles are offset? Should I chamfer the whole stile all the way to the top or should I stop the chamfer where it would otherwise intersect the rail if they were flush? Or do you have any other ideas? I will be using a raised panel. Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 11-04-2010 06:01 PM

If the chamfer is on the perimeter of the drawer front, then I would match the doors to that and put a chamfer around the perimeter. If you really want the chamfer as the inside detail, buy a cope and stick bit designed to do this (this is how I would tackle it).

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