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Forum topic by DBuonomano posted 08-31-2012 06:09 PM 1426 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DBuonomano

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08-31-2012 06:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: face frame faceframe bookcase cabinet doors window seat

I’ve been in the design phase of a built in bookcase with window seat project for a while, and I’m having trouble making one last design call. I have a window that is centered on the wall, with a base cabinet on either side with bookshelves on top.

There will be three inset doors w/ a face frame in each base cabinet, but I’m not sure if I need to do a face frame rail between doors #2 & #3 or just do the face frame around all three doors. My current plan was just to do a plywood wall within the case between doors 2 and 3 to use as a divider and place to put a hidden hinge for door #2 but I’m not sure how it’ll work out.

I’ve done cabinets with two doors and four doors and figuring out the face frames on those is easier, I just can’t decide what will look the best once completed. Any thoughts? Here’s a picture of my sketchup model; when finished it’ll all be painted white. The materials I used in sketchup are just so I can export into CutList and have the materials grouped by type (Sanded Plywood, poplar, etc…)

Any and all help is appreciated!

Also, here’s a link to the Sketchup Model on the 3D Warehouse:
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=9d709828f2c73563dc18159d04432f3


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JAGWAH

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 06:39 PM

Using european stule hinges with offsets as needed should be no problem allowing you to have a single plywood bulkhead for it to attach and to support any shelving behind. WI have built many lowers this way and simply apply veneer tape to the face of the bulkhead. What you have here for looks is fine with no further frame needed.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#2 posted 08-31-2012 07:04 PM

That’s what I was hoping to hear! Thanks JAGWAH!

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 09:15 PM

Glad there’s no spelling police around. I should read what I’m posting before I finally hit the Posr Reply button.

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 09:48 PM

Just for grins, have you tried the design with four doors?

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 10:38 PM

Just for grins, have you tried the design with 3 doors, but having the center door narrower then the two outer doors?
doing a different panel or the center door ( like etched glass, stain glass, chicken wire or maybe a pleated cloth). Your design looks great,and it will work fine the way you want to do the face frame, it’s just fun to kick around different ideas. Sometimes I just get a brain fart and see things a little differently.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#6 posted 08-31-2012 11:49 PM

JAGWAY, hope you haven’t called the spelling police yet!! I think I should reread mine also before I hit the post button.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#7 posted 09-01-2012 10:50 PM

I’ve played around with both 2 and 4 door configurations for each base cabinet, but the width I have to work with makes both look awkward. The total width including face frames is 55”, so if I do 2 doors they’re too wide and if I do 4 doors they’re too narrow.

I hadn’t considered making it with three doors and having the middle one being narrower… I like the idea of playing around with a different door panel than just the normal painted MDF/plywood (haven’t decided that part either). We’ll see what inspiration strikes when it comes time to make the doors, and what my wife requests in the mean time!

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#8 posted 09-04-2012 03:15 AM

Hinge door 2 & 3 together making a bi fold of sorts.

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#9 posted 09-04-2012 03:39 AM

As a rule

if u cant draw it

u cant build it

or should not attempt it

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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