cabinet doors with removeable panels?

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05-28-2012 11:27 AM

Getting ready to make cabinet doors for kitchen. These are simple shaker style doors. Wife asked if I can make them such that the panel could be removed and replaced with a glass (or acrylic) panel. While I’m sure this is doable, I’m NOT sure about how to make the frames. Normally you’d just make a 1/4” dado in the rails and stiles and then I rabbet a 1/2 inch panel so the edge fits in the dado. Panel is flush on the back and inset on the front.

Seems to me if the panel needs to be removable, you’d rabbet the back of rails and stiles and then drop a panel in. But how would you secure it so it doesn’t rattle?

I’ll be using Blum Clip hinges so the stiles will be about 2 and a half inches wide so there needs to be that 35mm cup hole taken into consideration.


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#1 posted 05-28-2012 12:11 PM

Use glazer’s points to hold in either the wood pannel or the glass. Or build another frame for the inside that could be screwed to the door to hold either the pannel or the glass in place. Or just make some nice wooden buttons screwed to the door that would hold them in place, this would seem to me to be rather shakerish. OK guys any more ideas?

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#2 posted 05-28-2012 12:20 PM

You could use Glazer points or MLCS has matched stile and rail cabinet bit sets for glass panels. You make them just like any other cope and stick panel then rip a thin strip out of the back that makes a rabbet, then put the panel in and use the piece you ripped out and nail it back in. Here
Frued also has a set that uses a type of weather strip Here

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#3 posted 05-28-2012 01:20 PM

I’ve done this this with panel clips ...not that pretty on the inside, but in my case it didn’t matter.

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#4 posted 05-28-2012 02:07 PM

Hmmm…. a frame made of something like 1/4” oak or maple or something hard. like an inch or inch and a half wide, held in place with small brass screws actually wouldn’t look too bad for what we’re doing. Heck, my wife said if the doors were made with pocket screws, she’s fine with that. “The INSIDE of my doors is not a decorating consideration.” :) I don’t want them to look like crap, but if I did something that looks like it was on purpose then that’d be ok.

In terms of strength. The door frame is doing all the work, right? I mean, even with a panel in the door, the panel is floating so it’s not adding to strength. Maybe helping to keep the door from warping. But if I build the stiles and rails wide enough, then this removable panel thing shouldn’t be an issue…. right?

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 01:50 AM

is there anyone out there that can help me with making glass doors for mantel clocks

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#6 posted 12-19-2012 01:56 AM

thank you . i need all the help i can get never made the before

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 01:58 AM

so i guess i am just going to have to make a trial run . with this and see what happens

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#8 posted 12-19-2012 02:09 AM

make them as normal, do not add panel. take a router and route out the dado into a rabbet, then square your corners with a really sharp chisel, then you can either use a 1/4 by 1/4 trim piece to hold the panel in or use glazier’s points to hold in the panel.

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#9 posted 12-19-2012 09:40 AM


I will be doing the same thing in a couple of weeks. I looked at the options and I bought the Sommerfeld web that will fit into to the panel. You will need to route a 3/16 groove (I think that is the size) and then the web will fit into the groove and hold all the way around. I haven’t done this yet so not sure how it all works. I saw this at the wood show last year and it seemed to be a good choice.


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