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Posted: 01/10/22 07:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I had to make a bunch of frames similar to that and found a half-lap joint to work well. If you set up your table saw, you can cut a bunch of them very quickly, in one operation. Run the piece through a number of times, nibbling away the material so the depth and length of the lap are the same on each. A bandsaw works too but requires two set-ups. Assembly with glue and a couple of small brads, and the wood will bust before the joint.

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Thanks for the post. Not sure why my brain went blank on this section, but it did.

That's not a joint I normally use, but in this case, I am going to make an excepion.

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Posted: 01/10/22 08:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I managed to get my lumber cut up into pieces that would work for the doors I wanted to build.

I cut all of them at once, since it saves time, and I only have to setup the equipment once.

After I cut the boards to size I setup the router and cut the half lap with it.

Here's the setup, with a fence, and a stop block. The fence holds the door frame from moving away from the router bit, and the stop block prevents the frame from moving too far.



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As you can see making multiple cuts with the router yields an uneven cut at the end of the cut. After moving the fence a few times, these cuts were done, and the uneven section will be cleaned up with the last cut.



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Posted: 01/10/22 08:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For the last cut, I set the fence to the proper depth, then used a block behind the frame to keep it square, and it made a very small trim cut to finish making the uneven edge straight.



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Posted: 01/10/22 09:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Then it was a matter of applying glue and clamps, after making sure they are square, and by tomorrow the glue will be cured, and I can make the panel which will fit inside the frame rails.

I have 3 of these sitting, clamped, just waiting for the glue to dry.



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Posted: 01/11/22 08:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, I didn't end up where I wanted to today, but I did get some sanding done on the door frames. After spending some time sanding, I then rounded off the edges, both inside and outside on the top, or front edges, if you will.

I had hoped to get the panels cut and glued in today, but it just did not happen.



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Posted: 01/12/22 09:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I got my router out and proceeded to cut a groove on the backside of the frames I made, so I could put a panel in the center.

Then I cut some 1/8" thick plywood and glued them in place. Just waiting for the glue to dry.



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Posted: 01/14/22 08:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sooooooo, I went to Lowes today, and bought a 3 sets of hinges for the doors I just made.



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Posted: 01/14/22 08:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, 3 of these doors.



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After a little drilling, and screwing, we end up with this! Wahoo!



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