|Forum topic by cpt_hammer||posted 10-27-2008 02:20 PM||12006 views||1 time favorited||6 replies|
10-27-2008 02:20 PM
I’ve been working on an entertainment center for our family room for several weeks (okay months) and I need to install 2- 24×24 cabinet doors. Well, after I built them and mounted them as overlay doors, my wife and I agreed that they should be inset doors. Luckily, when I constructed the cabinet (frameless) and edgebanded the plywood edges, I verified that the cabinet openings were perfectly square by measuring the diagnols. They were both within 1/16th of each other. Each edge measured 23 1/4th (plus 3/4 for frame) to equal 24 inches.
The cainbet doors are standard rail and stile measuring 24×24 and made with 1×4 red oak and a plywood flat panel insert. So I had room to trim off the edges, so I went and cut 1/2 of each side to get me to 23 (so I have 1/8th gap around the edges). I measured the diagnols again and they were within 1/16th of each other or better. However, when I went to place them in the cainbets, they as might as well been triangles.
I had a huge gap of 3/16 at one edge with less than 1/16th on each other on the bottom while the top was a perfect 1/8th gap. The only thing that I can think of is that they are opposing parallelograms and the accuracy I really needed, needed to be a lot higher. So in my wisdom, I scribed the edges, to give me a more uniform look rather than exact measurements. That at least, with the very dark color of the stain I’m using, should hide any imperfections.
Next problem, I bought cheap euro style hinges that instead of mounting using the 1 3/8 diameter hole type, used four screws on both the door and the frame. The good thing about this, is that when I changed the doors from overlay to inset, I could just cut the doors evenly on all sides and fill in the screw holes instead of big 1 3/8” diameter hole from standard euro hinges.
I followed the directions and mounted the frame first and then place the door in place as measured and placed in the screws, but they were off, after about twenty tries, I finally found the perfect placement. By the way, this left a huge amount of screw holes on the inside of my door and some in the frame (no problem with a little wood putty and touchup work). However, the screws are so hard along with the wood, I tore up at least 5 different #2 phillips screw heads for both my electric and manual screwdrivers. The only one that didn’t tear up was my Craftsman Screw Driver (insert plug here). Not a single screw was stripped (except for the one that broke the head off completely).
After this was all done and the doors hung, I had to take them back off, so I could finish staining and polyurethane the doors. So in a few days after everything is dry and ready, I will try again to hang these doors. Luckily I marked the screw holes I needed on the doors, so I hope to use the same holes again.
So my question to all of you, is how do make the perfect cabinet doors and hang them?