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MikeOB

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1266 days ago

On a TV stand I am making, I have the bottom doors that open outward from each other. How much of a gap should I allow between the doors so the will not rub. It is a perfect fit now closed, but by the time I add a few coats of varnish and 3 coats of poly, they will rub pretty bad.

Any suggestions for how much I should shave off each door or total? Would you suggest I use a table saw or my jointer to do this.

-- Mike, Portage, WI


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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 1266 days ago

Mike,

When I’m fitting doors or drawers on a project, I try to leave at leasat a 1/8” or little under to prevent that from happening. With the finish applied, and changes in humidity, you ned to leave room to keep them from rubbing…..I keep a thin shim on hand for just that reason….. Rick.

EDIT: I’d use the jointer and shave off about a 32nd or 64th of an inch on each door…that should be enough, with waht your gonna leave for the gap.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Lee Barker

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#2 posted 1266 days ago

If the stuff is easily planable, Mike, you might taper the back side of the leading edge of the doors leaving 3/16 or so square. Then for sure they won’t rub when one’s closed and the other closes to it. And if, later, you need to take a smidge off one, it’s an easy stroke or two and done.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Lee Barker

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#3 posted 1266 days ago

btw, what’s with all the coats, some of varnish and three of poly? Seems like a lot of build. Is this a cabinet for the front porch of a submarine? : )

L.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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MikeOB

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#4 posted 1266 days ago

kind of…a 6 yr old’s room.

2 coats of poly I meant. only 1 on the non important parts

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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Bill White

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#5 posted 1265 days ago

Lee’s suggestion about tapering the leading edges of the doors is the answer. You can keep the gap to a minimun that way.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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