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Good Afternoon,

I am working on restoring a "Hoosier" style cabinet for my sister. This was made in the 1920's and while they seem to be "in vogue" now for some, the company that made it is long out of business.

My problem...... I am missing 3 doors off the top section and am having a hard time finding anything like them. I have checked a local cabinet surplus store and looked through literally "thousands" of doors and didn't find a thing.

Does anybody out there know of anyplace that sells these or at least reproductions?

Thanks much.

Tim G.
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Good Afternoon,

I am working on restoring a "Hoosier" style cabinet for my sister. This was made in the 1920's and while they seem to be "in vogue" now for some, the company that made it is long out of business.

My problem...... I am missing 3 doors off the top section and am having a hard time finding anything like them. I have checked a local cabinet surplus store and looked through literally "thousands" of doors and didn't find a thing.

Does anybody out there know of anyplace that sells these or at least reproductions?

Thanks much.

Tim G.
Central PA
Hi Tim - I had to refresh myself about what the Hoosier style was so I googled up some images. The ones I found all looked like pretty much rail and style flat panel construction. Can you post a pic or link to ones you are trying to match.:smile:
 

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Oh my these have to be the easiest build for cabinet doors. The secrete to making them Hoosier is the edges have a round over, inside and out. Finding the hinges might prove to be a challenge but I bet EBay would be the best place to start.

Al

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Plus, I have all the hardware; just not the doors. Without going into a long boring story, I only had the top part of the cabinet and was just going to hang it in my garage for storage. I didn't think I would need the doors so I got rid of them. I now have unexpectedly gotten the lower half and am trying to refinish both parts now as a gift to my sister; ergo, I now need doors.

No one ever said I was too smart!

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hi Tim i'm the door man at a professional cabinet shop in NC, if you could send me some close up pics and dimensions (rail/stile width included) of the doors you're wanting I would be happy to see what I can do, we build around 20 different styles of doors so ill do my best to help at a fair price! as stated earlier hardware will probably be more of an online search...hope this helps
 

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You might be able to find a local carpenter to make the doors for you. All that would be needed is a table saw and maybe a router. It's just simple tongue and groove joints with a piece of 1/4" plywood for the panel.
 

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Basically, there are 3 doors; the first one, Door 1 is on the lower left of the top section and measures: 12" w x 16 1/2" h; doors 2 and 3 are in are on the top right and go "side by side". These dimensions are 12 1/4"w x 16 1/2" h. There would need to be a 1/4" "lip" so that the doors would fit in the opening for a tight fit and the frame is 1 3/4" wide around the flat panel. The frame is not mitered but instead what I would call "butt" joints.

Can you give me an idea of what you would charge for these before I commit? Also, see the link I put in anon post for a pic.

Thanks much.

Tim G.
 

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Basically, there are 3 doors; the first one, Door 1 is on the lower left of the top section and measures: 12" w x 16 1/2" h; doors 2 and 3 are in are on the top right and go "side by side". These dimensions are 12 1/4"w x 16 1/2" h. There would need to be a 1/4" "lip" so that the doors would fit in the opening for a tight fit and the frame is 1 3/4" wide around the flat panel. The frame is not mitered but instead what I would call "butt" joints.

Can you give me an idea of what you would charge for these before I commit? Also, see the link I put in anon post for a pic.

Thanks much.

Tim G.
From what you are describing the door would be a 3/8" inset to the face frame. The inside back edge of the door frame can be routed with a simple rabbet to accept a ¼" plywood panel. Your corners can be a half lap. You can do the round over and rabbet on the outer edge either before or after the frame is put together.

For the rabbet for the panel, do that after the frame is together. Just run the profile all around the edge and then just chisel out the corners square. Or, you could leave the corners with them rounded, and sand the panels' corners round to fit. The actual profile for the frame will look like the one below, and the hinges are called 3/8" inset.
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Thanks much. I am not ready to get the doors yet. I have gotten two other pieces to do for customers that is taking up my time.

I'll be in touch if I want to pursue the doors.

Thanks again.
 
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