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JAN/FEB 2005
Volume 48/Issue 1

Project Articles
A Gift For Your Kitchen
Outdoor Deck Chair
Bandsaw Boxes

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Hardwood Information You Should Know - Pt 4
Service Pointers
The MARK V Vertical Drill Press & Horizontal Boring Machine

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Stepped Dowels

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Rip Scale Upgrade Kit, Cabinets, & Lift-Assist

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A Gift For Your Kitchen

Don't replace your kitchen cabinets. Re-FACE Them instead and save a bundle!

Dreary kitchen cabinets can ruin even the smartest of kitchen decors. And if you've thought about solving that problem by purchasing new cabinets and having them professionally installed, you may still be recovering from “sticker shock”. Today, such a plan can easily cost you thousands of dollars that you may not have.

However, if your cabinet frames are sturdy and you're satisfied with the overall layout and position of the various components, there's no reason to replace everything. Instead, you could achieve the same upgraded results by merely replacing the cabinet doors, drawer fronts and any visible facings and panels. You could easily save enough on this single project to pay for your MARK V!

The doors we've made here are all frame-and-panel style doors. The frame consists of four pieces: Two vertical stiles plus a top rail and a bottom rail. For strength and durability, they're joined in the corners with mortise-and-tenons. A rabbet on the inside of the door frame holds the door panel in place.

The door frame
There are three primary ways to hang your cabinet doors...and the final size of your doors will be determined by which hanging method you choose. You can either hang them so they overlap the frame...partially insert them by cutting a lip all the way around the edges of the doors...or insert them completely within the cabinet frame.

Should you choose to overlap or partially insert the doors, cut them to1/4" to 3/8" larger than the door opening (all the way around).

If you'd rather insert the doors into the frame completely, make them 1/16" smaller than the door opening. The easy way to do this is to make them to the exact size of the opening, then use your jointer to remove 1/32" all the way around.

Start by cutting the rails and stiles to size. Except for the top rails, the pieces are generally 3/4" thick and 2" wide. The doors pictured here have a slightly wider top rail; the simple curve in the rail was cut with a bandsaw and does not interfere with the joinery. You might want to use your imagination and cut a curve of your own design for the top rails.

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