Three Ways to Make Cabinet Doors
Construct joints for fine furniture, glass panels or cabinets to go
Synopsis: Three types of doors will solve most needs: doors for fine furniture, doors with glass panels, and low-budget quickie doors. Steve Latta shows how to make all of them, including solid-panel doors joined with mortises and tenons, the best method for strong, classic frames. There’s no offset shoulder on the tenon in the joint for a glass panel door, because it would get in the way of the rabbet. Cope-and-stick joints are weaker joints, but you can strengthen them by gluing plywood panels in the frame, Latta says. Side information takes a close look at cope-and-stick router bits.
In a perfect world all cabinet doors would be constructed using stout mortise-and-tenon joints, built to last generations. When I reproduce an 18th-century piece, I build doors whose joints will outlast these achy joints of mine. My clients pay for that, and I would not sleep at night during them…