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10-28-2011 03:59 AM

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Okay so here are two unrelated questions:

1. I am routing this image into a piece of oak. Would you route the white parts or the black…I am thinking the white.

2. Where do people get wood for door panels, especially larger cabinet doors?
Just curious


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#1 posted 10-28-2011 05:58 AM

1. I would think the black for two reasons… the routed color will include the depth and cause shadow… the black as the depth will be hard to tell the depth of the route. Just my thoughts.

2. Contact a local cabinet maker and tell him/her what you are doing (not in competition) and what you need.

Good luck.

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#2 posted 10-28-2011 01:22 PM

2. I’m probably not understanding your question exactly. Are you asking where you get boards wide-enough to be used as panels? Because most of the time you can’t or it’s prohibitively expensive—you just glue them up out of narrower boards. I prefer to use biscuits as an alignment aid when doing so, but that is by no means mandatory. Unless you are lucky enough to come upon a slab (aka slice off a tree trunk) wide enough to fit your intended purposes, this applies to anything wide such as table tops, head boards, side panels. This is another reason some folks try to use plywood for these applications.

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#3 posted 10-28-2011 01:30 PM

Route the black as it will make the head rise from the wood and route at different depths making it more 3D.

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#4 posted 10-28-2011 05:02 PM

Thanks guys,

no, no cnc…I will definitely do the black lines, but probably all the same depth.

Appriciate yalls help

I guess I was suprised that people glue up boards for door panels in cabinets, but it makes sense.

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#5 posted 10-28-2011 08:48 PM

If done well, the glue joint will be the strongest part of the board. do it and then cut the end square. Take the drop and start breaking it and see where it breaks and you will know how well you did in making a good glue joint.

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#6 posted 10-28-2011 08:51 PM

Even if I find a board wide enough to make a panel in one peice, I’ll cut it into smaller boards (3” – 4” wide) then reglue it together flipping every other plank. Otherwise, warpage become a serious factor down the road.

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#7 posted 10-28-2011 08:59 PM

What DS251 says is very true.

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#8 posted 10-28-2011 09:10 PM

I would got with the black wich would allow for additional shaping.

I try to go straight to the mill. (if I get a mill I will go to the forest…that seems to be the only way to get what you want these days)

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#9 posted 11-20-2011 03:29 AM

Just wanted to thank yall. The routing went really well.

Besides the circle at the bottom, which I should have left well enough alone, instead of making it worse, I think it looks great.

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