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Forum topic by GotHardWood posted 09-11-2014 11:34 AM 1017 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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GotHardWood

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09-11-2014 11:34 AM

After installing the outside cabinet doors, I realized my rookie mistake. I forgot to account for hinge space. I built these uppers for over the stove, trying to match our existing 1930’s cabinets that we love. The match was a success! I need to gain back 3/4 inch from both sides to make room for hinges. The doors are already built. So, my question is….Should I cut both stiles of each door,or only the inside stile? Or, is there another solution?.... tick tock…

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#1 posted 09-11-2014 12:15 PM

If it’s full overlay, I’d trim both sides 3/8, hang them in place with tape and stare at them for a beer or two to decide if the stiles being 3/8 narrower than the rails was going to bother me more than the cost and time of re-doing the doors.

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#2 posted 09-11-2014 12:21 PM

I would cut the 3/8 off and put it up. If it bothers you that they don’t match, make new doors as Dan suggested.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 09-11-2014 12:43 PM

Yep… That’s the way I was leaning too…. okay, here goes nothin’!... thanks for the input. I like the tape idea, Dan… or was it the beer?...hmmm…

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#4 posted 09-11-2014 12:49 PM

another idea would be to trim a bit off the doors find a profile you like and run a router around the doors you would have to do all of the old doors as well but it could be a thought. a while back I had bought some doors at a lumber company that sells seconds overruns etc for about 10.00 ea you can’t build them for that I milled the existing edge off them put one I liked on so now they fit the opening of the cabinet and they came out looking like a diamond stuck in a goat’s hind end lol just a thought hate to see anyone scrap a bunch of doors when they could be saved. good luck

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#5 posted 09-11-2014 12:53 PM

If you had paid someone for these doors you’d spend more than having made them twice and would not have had the opportunity to gain a valuable lesson/skill for your wood working, The great thing about LJ & the Ljer’s that are here is that there is vast knowledge, experience, and countless screw-ups to help support the learning curve.

Now remember that it’ll only be a 1/4” cut to the left of the blade don’t set the fence for 3/8, oh if I could only get back HALF of those 1/8”s I’ve turned into sawdust.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#6 posted 09-11-2014 01:16 PM

Funny Dan, but good point. Measure the door, set the fence to 3/8 less, cut, measure door again, set fence to 3/8 less than that, make final cut.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 09-11-2014 01:26 PM

Can you use a european hinge (hidden) and leave the doors the way they are?

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#8 posted 09-11-2014 01:59 PM

+1 for Iwud4u.

I’d try a different set of hinges. You might have to add ply on the sides of the

partitions to make it flush with the face frame.

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#9 posted 09-11-2014 02:04 PM

IWUD… the problem with the euro hinges, is that the rest of the kitchen is the style I have. That’s what brought up the mistake I made. I was thinking of only the doors and not the hinge. I did the cuts and, they came out perfect! Taped ‘em up like Dan suggested and, you can’t really tell the diff unless you’re anal… Sorry Dan, I opted for coffee instead of beer. Anyways, they’re drying now with the new stain. Should have them ready for hanging tomorrow night, humidity allowing.

-- I'm tryin' to think, but nothin' happens!

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#10 posted 09-11-2014 02:10 PM

p.s. here’s the vain side of me…the photo sucks but, the doors are rounded over on 3 edges… the grain run on the stiles gives the appearance of a bad cuton the doors. Not the case though. They look awesome. j/s…lol

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#11 posted 09-18-2014 01:37 AM

Okay, new pic is due here GHW

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#12 posted 09-18-2014 02:41 PM

make new doors

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#13 posted 09-21-2014 09:48 AM

Here you go, DAN… I fixed the door issue. As you can all see, The hinges are almost behind the adjoining doors. The trim worked great but, now I’m going to round the hinge sides over, just to make the uniformity more seamless… The spice rack was an afterthought but, she likes it! Besides, it was all scrap!

-- I'm tryin' to think, but nothin' happens!

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