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Forum topic by Michigander posted 07-18-2012 03:56 PM 1087 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2012 03:56 PM

I am building a cherry TV cabinet and need to purchase 2 solid cherry doors. I was told that I should stain the doors before assembly as shrinkage can cause the unstained panel to show when the frame shrinks. I contacted one company who told me he would not sell unassembled panel doors as he couldn’t guarantee that I could assemble them due to differences in humidity.
1. Where is a good source for custom dimensioned doors?
2. Do you think there would be issues buying a completed door and shrinkage causing bare wood to show?
Your thoughts are appreciated.
Thanks, John

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 04:40 PM

You could buy the doors, leave them to acclimatise in the room they’re going in for a few weeks, then stain them. Any movement from there on in should be minimal.
I personally wouldn’t stain cherry as it goes much darker over the course of a few years anyway. What finish are you putting on the unit?

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 04:50 PM

Why not get cherry… And laminate it together?
There would be your source of a door… It’ll just be probably heavier.
And more expensive

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#3 posted 07-18-2012 04:56 PM

Well, you can try to get them to ship the doors without
the panel-retaining nails installed. Good luck with that!

In the likely scenario that your un-nailed panels come
to you nailed, you’ll want to look at extracting the nails
in some way. Then you can shift the panel around
in the frame to get stain closer to the edges.

Another thing you can is get a hygrometer and
do your staining when the room the doors are in
are at their driest and the panels at their narrowest.

You might call around to local cabinet shops and ask if they
can make your doors the way you want them.

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#4 posted 07-18-2012 05:11 PM

For commercial doors – look at a CSH catalog. Custom Service hardware.

The first half of the catalog almost is kitchen panels/doors/drawers etc.

In general since you are looking for this on ONE project – I would look at a local cabinet shop to shoot it together on their framing table likity split.

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