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DIY Shaker Door Advice

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by matthew tubbs, 1 Mar 2017.

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    I am looking at making some shaker kitchen doors to upgrade an existing kitchen.

    I recently got some 18mm solid oak flooring from a reclamation yard for practice but I am struggling to get the motrice and tenons correct. I am hoping when I move to 22mm this will become easier.

    If I plan to paint the units do I have to use hardwood or could a softwood suffice?

    I am currently trying to do it by hand but I need a table saw for other jobs anyway so that might be making an appearance soon, however I would like to get it right by hand first.

    When doing the tenons is it best to saw them out or just chisel the material away?
     
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    Using a saw might be hard to get the V grooves in the doors. You might need to get them routed.
     
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    What V grooves are in a shaker door?
     
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    That's what I was thinking - to me a shaker door is a floating panel in an un-mitered frame like the below.

    The grooves between the pieces of the frame could be made using a block plane (maybe on a shooting board).

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    I'm tempted to ask whether or not the materials you are working with have been replaned and thicknessed. Recycled stuff can be out of square and/or a little bit warped.

    For durability a hardwood is probably much better. A suitable, relatively cheap hardwood for painted doors is poplar (sometimes called tulip wood).

    Mark out with a marking knidfe. Saw. Clean-up the faces with a rebate plane and the shoulders (if required) with a shoulder plane. To work on small scale joints the joinery has to be pretty accurate

    The "v-grooves" are merely slightly chamfered edges on the rails and stiles - easily worked with a block plane BEFORE assembly
     
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