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Hawki39 05-18-2011 10:14 AM

Cabinet Door spacing
I am making a pantry cabinet for my wife. The carcass is finish grade plywood, the face frame and doors are pine. The doors are to be flush with the face frame. How much space should be left to allow for swelling?
Without trimming anything from the door panels I have about 1/8" space between the rails and top/bottom of the doors and 1/16" between the stiles and the door sides. The doors are solid, glued and doweled panels. Each is 13" wide by 31" long.
Is that enough space?

12penny 05-18-2011 11:27 AM

Hawk...I'd go 1/8" at the stiles as well. More from aesthetics (? spelling) than anything else. Once those doors are finished (all sides and edges) they take in very little moisture. Combine that with a conditioned house and they shouldnt move.


Hawki39 05-18-2011 11:58 AM

OK 12Penny,

I wasn't sure how much they'd move. The cabinets will be painted, inside and out...When they're done I'll post picts.

The wife's been waiting a while for this project, I built one carcass 2 years ago and I'm just now getting around to finishing it for her. Of course she's changed her mind on the door construction and I had to buy new hinges/hardware to accomidate her. :)
The good news is that the Desgner shade of maroon Paint (she insisted on) I bought 2 years ago is perfectly fine (after a good stirring).:thumbsup:
BTW I'm not too far from you...over the Blue Mtn to Schuylkill Cnty.

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