Tuesday, October 23, 2007

glass cabinet doors

our house came with a newly remodeled home depot style kitchen. not that we were complaining, but if it were up to us we would have chosen a different style. we just moved from an apartment that had some nice built ins that miyoko used to display her glassware. we thought that adding glass doors to our kitchen might give it a little more character. on a trip to home depot we found that there indeed were glass doors to match our kitchen -- for $240 each.

i recently got a router for my birthday and finally got around to trying to replace the wooden panels with glass.

the first set up i tried was to route the panels out with the router table attachment to my table saw. this would give me a fence to make sure that the routs were straight. the down side (pun intended) was that since i had turn the doors upside down i couldn't see how far i was routing. i ended up with this...as you can see some of the routes were a little too long.

while at work the next day i thought about how i could possibly salvage the door. the first time i routed a side it left a small strip of wood with the outside laminate on it. i decided to chisel out the part i screwed up, put wood filler in the hole and glue little strips of the laminate on the outside. it kind of looks like crap, but it was the best i could do.

after the first door i decided that the router table was a bad idea. for the remaining 5 i clamped a 2x4 to a table and used that as a fence. then i clamped the door what turned out to be 15mm away from the fence. this allowed me to not only see what i was doing, but also get a straight route.

once i had the 2x4 set up and figured out the measurements, the routing went a lot faster. putting the quarter round still took about 30 minutes a door. and mitering the pieces showed off how unsquare my routes were, but it didn't turn out too bad. since i showed you my worst door above, i'll now show you my best.

all in all i spent $62 on glass, $15 on 1/4 round, $8 on a miter box and $.99 on brads. here are some pictures of the finished doors.


At 4:21 PM , Blogger magicmarker said...

wow brightens it up nicely!

At 4:46 PM , Blogger Arirak said...

So, when are you coming over to our house to do our cabinets?
Nice job, Ricky!


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