johnmccrossen wrote:I'm thinking about trying to upgrade some old 3 /4" plywood kitchen cabinet lip type doors by eliminating the lip and fabricating a 2" frame around them so they look more like a panel style.... Any cabinet door making advice would be appreciated. Maybe I better try some planter boxes or bird houses instead.
Thanks, John McCrossen
John here is my suggestion: First make a trial door to see if it works for you]and also the hinges
[/I]you are almost there. (if you want, you can wait to this point to mill that groove on the inside edge. You can either saw or rout the groove. This groove is usually 1/4" wide, but can be another size.)
Next, saw out a new piece of 3/4" plywood - mill tongues on the four edges of the plywood so that will just slide into the frames. Holding the new "pattern panel door" up to an opening - see if this works for you. If it looks like you want - copy this pattern multiple times using your old plywood for the panels in the new doors.
You can rout round overs on the edges of the new frame if you want. If you do this in the inside - you'll have to miter the inside round overs (probably with a chisel and a 45 degree guide.
Probably the biggest problem you will find is matching colors and stain to produce a pleasing door. I'd prefer to use hardwood for the frames. I have used poplar and stain to match apple-wood cabinets. (It came out close!)
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