Joints for doors with glass?

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Forum topic by mart posted 06-24-2008 05:34 PM 848 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2008 05:34 PM

I have been building furniture for a few years and have done a fair number of doors with flat panels and raised panels but just finished the doors for a medicine cabinet that will house mirrors, my first crack at anything with glass. In looking at the finished product, I have no doubt that the frames will carry the light weight of the mirrors but question whether it would carry heavier glass panels. I used a tenon and groove cut on the table saw and rabbeted the back for the mirrors. My question; is there a better joint to use when one is creating a door that will house a glass panel? I have a job coming up for our pastor, to build a cabinet for his extensive stereo equipment collection. He wants glass panels in the doors and I want to make sure I provide a strong door to support the glass. I am largely self taught, from watching Norm and studying books and magazines and have not come up against this before. Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 06-24-2008 06:22 PM

You may want to try a haunched mortise and tenon, as the length of the tenon is greater than that of the stub tenon that you’re familiar with.
The depth of the mortise can be as great as 2/3 the width of the door stiles if needed. The haunched part of the tenon is the depth of the groove in the stile (just like you’re used to cutting). The added length of the tenon should provide enough gluing surface to more than support heavy glass.

-- Gerry

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#2 posted 06-24-2008 08:11 PM


That’s kind of what I had in mind but needed some confirmation. Thank you.


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