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    Cabinet Door Repairs

    My boss has two cabinet doors she's been trying to find a cabinet shop to re-produce as the hinge areas on them were broken out. None of the local shops were interested in messing with them or didn't have the bits needed, and she asked if I'd be willing to make them. After she described the issue I told her to bring me the exist doors an I'd see if I could do anything with them.

    Here's what I came up with as the solution. I used a dado to clear out the existing tear-out, then fitted new pieces of MDF into them. To help join the new pieces to the doors on the butted edge, I went with a few dowels around the hinge areas to add extra support. I've probably used those dowel markers a handful of times, but boy do they work, got a perfect fit with them and a brad point bit.
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    I had to order the detachable hinge router bit, should be here next week to finish things up.
    Darren

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    No satisfaction in a job that doesn't require a new tool.

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    Looks like a great solution, Darren! And keeping the boss happy is good, too!
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    Thanks guys, just took them out of the clamps and got good tight bonds everywhere. Will get them puttied up here and there, sanded down, seal the patches, and wait for the router bit to arrive this week. I have the feeling I'll be doing more for her in the future, those things aren't made very well in the first place.
    Darren

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    Cool fix u could always offer to make her real doors with raised panel and wood frames for a fee

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    So Carol isn't the only one with a John Deere tractor, how is yours working out for you?:roll eyes:
    Great repair job by the way!
    Jon

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    So Carol isn't the only one with a John Deere tractor, how is yours working out for you?:roll eyes:
    Great repair job by the way!
    Jon

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    In hindsight don't u think it might have been better to put a piece of hardwood in there instead of MDF something like poplar given u going to paint them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    So Carol isn't the only one with a John Deere tractor, how is yours working out for you?:roll eyes:
    Great repair job by the way!
    Ha, you know those green tractors, so easy to operate, even a 1 1/2 year old can do it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    In hindsight don't u think it might have been better to put a piece of hardwood in there instead of MDF something like poplar given u going to paint them?

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    It's what I had on hand and I don't think either will survive long term, but I think she'll remodel the kitchen before these wear out. I think she's mostly just wanting them fixed before her holiday party rolls around.
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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