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Old April 28th 08, 11:25 PM posted to rec.woodworking
Tanus Tanus is offline
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Default Removing wood panels in cabinet doors


We're revamping our kitchen cabinet, and having doors with rails and
curved stiles we would like to cut out the center panels and replace
them with glass. I know it's just a matter of cutting the inside of
the door about 1/2" around the center, but I'm at a loss on the best
way of doing this.

I've tried several different Dremel circular cutting blades which
work, but they break after just seconds of use. Short of going
through boxes of blades per door I'd like to find other options or
maybe some suggestions on which blade will work since I'm betting the
Dremel will work given a proper cutting blade is used, which their
website isn't much help in locating. The cabinets are made from a
harder wood, though I don't know what kind.

I also thought about using a chisel, but I'd rather keep the cut as
uniform as possible so the inside of the doors look good without
needing trim or fixing with wood putty.

I appriciate any suggestions on how to get this project moving.
Thanks for your time,


Hi Alex,

You've received some decent suggestions, but I'm guessing that you don't
want to learn how to do this on doors that are going to be part of a
good kitchen.

I don't own a Dremel, so I don't know if there is a blade that will do
what you're looking to do. I suspect there isn't, because it's not the
right tool.

This is a job that _could_ be done with hand tools, but as you've noted,
it could get a bit ratty.

And if you don't own a router, maybe the easiest thing do do is draw it
out and take it to someone who has one. You may be able to find someone
in the yellow pages that won't charge much. With the right tools, it
shouldn't take long, and you'll have nice even rabbets.



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