Raised Panel Cabinet Doors with Table Saw, Roundover and Rabbeting Bits

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Forum topic by David Grimes posted 09-30-2011 05:24 AM 4004 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Grimes

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09-30-2011 05:24 AM

Situation: Customer has existing cabinets (not by us) that are white thermofoil over MDF “raised panel” style doors. She wants a built-in “shallow pantry” with doors that “go” with her others across the room.

Reality: We don’t have a raised panel bit set anything like her other cabinets profile and wouldn’t need them again for forty forevers if we spend the $100 + to get some. This project is a 6’ wide by 7’ tall by 9” deep bank with 8 doors, then a 24” wide by 30” high by 12” deep base cab with two doors and one drawer. A very welcome project, but not a large or lucrative one.

Solution: We made the four outer frames with fj white pine (paint grade, remember) with mitered corners, a roundover with top ledge on both sides and finally the bottom rabbet to the inside. We used 3/4” MDF for the center panel that we TS cut a 45 degree bevel 1/2” deep, then stood it up on its end to TS cut the male end of the rabbet (and some “reveal”) for the lower edge. Like this:

I guess my point is that when you make do with what you have, it’s good as long as the finished product makes the customer happy. We aim to do just that.

They get installed, trimmed and finish painted in alkyd (oil) tomorrow (Friday). I’ll follow up with pics of the final product (with a real camera… these were all made with my cell-phone today).

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#1 posted 09-30-2011 11:04 AM

Good job. What profile was you trying to match?

I would try to bill the customer for a knife fee to get her profile and then make a sample door with it and show it to future potential customers.

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 01:46 PM

Hey I too would just pass the cost of the cutter on to the customer. I have in the past without complaint and will continue to. It’s a good way to build your different styles and something to offer others and your customer can always come back for more of the same work.

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#3 posted 09-30-2011 01:50 PM

Looks really good.

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#4 posted 09-30-2011 05:36 PM

I truely admire your creative thinking here. Its a great example of how there is more then one way to skin a cat in our craft. The customer will love these doors.
However I have to agree with everyone else. Everytime I quote a piece of furniture or large cabinetry unit I ALWAYS add the price of a new Blade or specialty cutter if one is needed. obviously my customers arent buying my woodworker II’s everyday but if I am going to be milling up lots of rough stock, which I almost always am the price of a blade gets figured in.

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#5 posted 09-30-2011 05:48 PM

completely agree with mtenterprises…

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#6 posted 09-30-2011 10:21 PM

Since you are one that never does anything the easy way…...well, you did a great job anyway. Thanks for the post

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