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363 days ago
I’ve built a desk and need to make two doors for it. The desk will be stained a dark color. The top is made of a single sheet of plywood cut in an irregular shape and has a routed round-over edge. There are two cabinets on either side, one for a computer and one for storage. The computer monitor and the persons legs go between the two cabinets.
Almost all the tutorials I’ve found for raised panel cabinet doors require a router table. I’ll buy one eventually, but not in time for this project.
I do have:
I’m willing to buy up to $50, as long as it can be purchased locally (ie. a router bit from Home Depot). It’s a gift and needs to be finished in 5 days.
I can’t believe there’s no way to make nice looking cabinet doors with the tools above. So here’s my ideas:
1. Use the same 3/4” birch plywood I used for the cabinet bases. Use a single piece per door. Use the Roman ogre or round over on the edges. Question: You’d see the layers of the plywood exposed under the round-over since its not solid wood, would that look silly?
2. Use solid wood for the frame, mitre the corners at 45 and assemble with wood glue and pneumatic nails. Its the same as what you’d do with the router table, except the joint would be a mitred butt joint instead of a tongue and groove (or whatever its called). Then I’d need to cut a groove inside the frame for… This is where it’s confusing because some designs use 1/4” ply on the inside, but it looks like its got an inverse round over (round under?) which you couldn’t cut into 1/4” because its not deep enough. Some designs use 3/4” ply, but how do you get a 1/4” edge to fit the frame?
Thoughts on either of the above or alternate suggestions?