Cabinet door thickness

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Forum topic by KellyB posted 03-07-2015 02:46 PM 604 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2015 02:46 PM

I am considering making the doors for my kitchen cabinets 5/8 in thick as opposed to 3/4.
The stock is well-seasoned red oak.

Am I asking for trouble?


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#1 posted 03-07-2015 02:53 PM

You wont be able to use cup hinges. That thickness will limit you to older style surface mount hinges. IMO thinner doors will also look flimsy and cheap.

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#2 posted 03-07-2015 03:03 PM


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#3 posted 03-07-2015 03:06 PM

Ditto above!

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#4 posted 03-07-2015 03:08 PM

It will restrict the edge profiles you might use, if your using cup hinges. (1/2) depth required for most , hence leaving 1/8 to play with. If you have a choice, why would you choose 5/8 ?

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#5 posted 03-07-2015 03:41 PM

Ok. I see the results of the “poll” and am once again upon the path of righteousness.
According to Blum, the min thickness for the compact is 5/8” and the stock I am using is rough sawn to about 1”, which when I am able to get it flat after taking out minor warping, it’s all I can do to achieve 3/4.
Hence the question.

So, if I can’t get 3/4”, I guess I’ll have to get different stock for the doors.

I’m just being frugal…ok, cheap. the oak is free.

Thanks, all.

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