I am exploring design alternatives for some bedroom cabinet (dresser/bureau/etc.) doors. I’d appreciate some feedback or experience you might like to share.
One thought is to use laminate (Formica or Wilsonart) as the flat panel for shaker style doors. The reason I’m considering laminate is because I’m interested on some of the metallic looks that might work with cherry or walnut. I suppose another alternative is a slab style door, but I’m not inclined toward heavy particleboard doors and plastic edging.
Does anyone have experience with laminate on 1/4” particleboard stock? Also, what material could I use for the inside surface of the panel? More laminate seems wasteful.
I would likely have the panels made up at a local countertop company (if they’ll do 1/4” panels) and I would cut the them to finished dimensions for the frames. The frames would be 3/4” thick rails and stiles. Ideally it would be great if they could bond the laminate to a good baltic birch but I know shops prefer an particle board products.