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Carbide

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567 days ago

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Ok, I need some help. I have a customer that wants me to match a couple of doors for a curio cabinet. The original doors were broken. Building glass doors is not a problem. But how do I build a cathedral glass door? I don’t know how to mill out the rail deep enough to accept the glass in the cathedral area. Do I somehow mill out the back side of the stile to accept square glass? Please someone help me.

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#1 posted 567 days ago

Normally I think the glass is cut to the shape.

If your arches are smaller and multiples in one frame, routing
out the back to depth is the way to do it. Probably the
most straightforward way to do it is with a pin router setup,
but you can do it on a router table with a hardboard template
screwed or taped to the back of the door frame and a guide
bushing around the bit. Not all router table systems have
guide bushings available so you may have to figure that one
out if yours doesn’t have them available.

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#2 posted 567 days ago

Not on these doors. The glass has been cut with the top two corners cut off. The groove which the glass slides into is cut really deep to allow the glass to slide farther up into the stile. My router bits do not cut that deep.

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#3 posted 567 days ago

Laminate the upper rail to form the groove.

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