|Forum topic by Charlie||posted 643 days ago||1661 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
643 days ago
Ok I’m looking for ideas. For 6 of the 10 cabinet doors I have yet to make my wife would like to be able to remove the center panel and change it. Seasonally. For a holiday. Just because….. whatever.
These are simple shaker style doors. Rails and stiles are about 2 and a half inches wide. I’m using Blum euro type hinges (with the 1-3/8 cup, screw on, soft close, 170 degree open…. yeah).
To make the solid panel doors, I’m basically doing it all on the table saw. Using a dado I make a 1/4 in groove, 3/8” deep down the center, then trim back the rails to form a tongue. So basically I need to remove the one leg from the “groove” on the back side. Easy for the rails. I can just trim it off on the saw, form the tongues, and Bob’s your uncle.
But for the stiles, I can’t trim it off to the ends. I need to have a complete groove, the width of the rail, at each end of the stile. I’m thinking my best bet here is to use the router. Not sure if I should just do them blind on the router table or if I should come up with a long jig so I can see everything and run the router down a straight edge. Either way I’d have to clean up the corner, but if I can do this fairly accurately from the start, I should be able to clean up the corners with a chisel.
How would you do this? Am I on the right track?
Holding the panels in isn’t a concern. I may simply use panel clips or I might mill some thin strips to form a frame on the back side of the door and use some fine brass screws. The doors are not large. 4 of them are only like 12×16, 2 more at about 12×24 and one at 24×30.
So I think I’m just looking at what might be the best way to clear the back of the stile so I can set panels in there.