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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    London, Ontario

    Simple Cabinet Doors...

    The previous owner of our house was not a woodworker. Still, he left us some entirely adequate built-in bookcases in our family room. These were not fine woodworking, but still too good to tear out. (And considering that they installed hardwood floor after putting in the bookcases, yes around the bookcases, it would take a lot for us to go through the pain of ripping that all out!)

    However, these bookcases were messy. We have a lot of books, we have a large family, and we homeschool. So all bookcases in our house get well used! But enough was enough. These bookcases were functional, but made the family room feel constantly messy. My wife put out the call for doors, and I was put to work.

    For building doors for these basic bookcases, to turn them into cabinets, I elected to keep things quick and simple. The above photo is of the backside of my sample joint. The frame was made from 2-1/2" x 3/4" red oak stock. The ends were connected with pocket hole joinery. The inside was then cleared out with a 3/8" rabbeting bit on the router. A panel of 1/4" oak plywood is then fitted into this space and glued and screwed into place.
    (I made sure I bought flatsawn plywood, and not rotary!)

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    More photos on my webpage
    There's usually more than one way to do it... ........

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Ahhh, so much better. Very well done.
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  3. #3
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Nice transformation
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Looks great, Art. You did a good job of color matching on the stain, too.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Good job and much better appearance.
    Best regards,

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Lindale, TX
    Nothing wrong with those at all! Very nice work.

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