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First project (sort of)...

I've been slowly chipping away at a long, drawn out kitchen face lift. One of the projects involved tearing out some old built in shelves / drawers in favor of one large pantry. These are the doors I've made for it, and I'd appreciate some feedback from the multitudes more talented than I.

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They are the first "real" project I've built with joints more complex than butt joints. They are made of 1x3 Aspen for the rails and styles, and 1/4 MDF for the panels.

I'm pretty pleased with them, especially considering that I haven't invested in a dado blade yet. Everything was done with my stock table saw blade. The frames will be painted white. I'm not sure about the inside panel color yet. Probably the same as the wall color.

Thanks for looking.

-Rich

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-15-2010, 10:40 PM
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Looks great so far. Good work pushing your boundaries and learning some new techniques.
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More talented than you? I don't think so...

Just goes to show you don't need any of those fancy tools, like a dado blade, to get good joints.


A couple questions and a suggestion;
1) Is that one door or two?
2) Are the panels floating or glued in place?
3) Looks like there are hinges in the corners on the right side (maybe, hard to tell). It also looks like the door is about 6 foot tall. If they are that tall, you might want to consider using two more hinges evenly spaced between the two already there.

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Just goes to show you don't need any of those fancy tools, like a dado blade, to get good joints.


A couple questions and a suggestion;
1) Is that one door or two?
2) Are the panels floating or glued in place?
3) Looks like there are hinges in the corners on the right side (maybe, hard to tell). It also looks like the door is about 6 foot tall. If they are that tall, you might want to consider using two more hinges evenly spaced between the two already there.
It is two doors. The panels are glued in place. And, yes, there are hinges in the corners. I haven't installed any more on the door yet because I'm not sure if I'm going to use 3 or 4. I did get to buy a nice set of forstner bits to install the hinges with, too So, I think I'll use 4 so I can use my new bits. Plus, better to err on that side of things. The doors are about 75 inches tall, and 17 inches wide.
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Nice looking door! Good shots too. The mortise and tenon joint looks very good to me. I haven't had the nerve to try a door yet. Your bravery is inspiring. :) Good work.

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Ben,

Thank you very much. But, I assure you, your work bench is much more complicated and inspiring than these doors. The wide shot of your shop caused conjured up strong feelings of envy on my part.

I'd love to try some sort of glue up, and maybe a bench with legs laminated, like yours, would be a good way to practice. Now, if I could only find somewhere to put it

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Dude,

the doors look awesome!!! but really "the rug ties the whole room together" (sorry couldn't help myself inside joke) Keep up the good work!!

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Dude,

the doors look awesome!!! but really "the rug ties the whole room together" (sorry couldn't help myself inside joke) Keep up the good work!!

Thanks for making my laugh, Greg. I made a killer Big Lebowski reference here:
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It's killing me to not know if it was picked up or not

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sorry i didn't read thru that thread til you pointed it out but good one. i have a select group of friends who love that flick so any time we can tie an every day occurance to the movie we get a good laugh. at work we have a guy who always pushes the the envelope so one day during a meeting i blurted out "this is not nam craig there are rules here" half the room knows of the movie so there was a huge outburst after that one!!!

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There is a true art to cabinet making. Nice decision starting with the doors, they look great. Keep up the good work.
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I put in some more time on completing this project this weekend. Here's the pics:
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Nothing in this stupid house is square!!
I guess some trim is in order, even though it's inside a pantry.

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As you can see in the final picture, I only had 3 sets of hinges and need to install one more on each door. But, I had to see how they looked

Like I said, nothing is square or level. So, I had to measure and cut each piece as I went. That, coupled with having to pre-drill and anchor everything into the plaster, made this take entirely too long to complete. There's over 60 1/4" anchors in there.

Over all, I'm pretty happy with how this project has turned out. Some sanding, primer, and paint and it'll be ready to hold some cereal boxes.

Thanks for looking, and for feedback.

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