|Forum topic by KevinBlair||posted 385 days ago||1217 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
385 days ago
I am getting ready to make 18 cabinet doors for the kitchen cabinets that I have been steadily making for the last several months.
The doors will be “shaker style” using birch hardwood (1/4” Baltic birch plywood for the panels) with tongue and groove joinery and a flat panel (my wife likes the IKEA cabinet look and that is what I am emulating).
I have decided to make the T&G using a router table and a T&G bit set.
My plan had been to mill all of the wood to thickness and width on my planer, jointer, and table saw and to start on the joinery by cutting all of the grooves needed (probably make 10-15% more linear feet than I measure as needed), cut my stiles from the grooved wood, and then make the rails (i.e., tongues).
However this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNJP0Vw9EMY, showing the making of the kind of door I want, is pretty firm in saying that you should make the tongue first, then the groove. I have looked for other videos showing best technique, but this is the only one I’ve found (if you know of others, please post the link).
I can do it as shown in the video and I understand the logic of fitting the groove to the tongue as demonstrated in the video, but it seems less efficient than running all of the grooves first. Of course, if getting the tongue to fit the cut grooves is too difficult, then this would be the better, more efficient, way.
So, should I make the tongues first and then the grooves (as shown in the video) or will I be better to make all of the grooves and then make the tongues? I could also make each door separately (i.e, one at a time), but that seems really inefficient and may also lead to noticeable variations in the doors.
Thoughts and ideas welcome!