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Old 09-12-2016, 09:07 PM   #1
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How To attach decorative doors and panels to peninsula ?


We are installing new cabinets in our kitchen.
Including a peninsula.
The back and end of the peninsula have a 3/16" finished panel to cover them.
Additionally, we have 'decorative' doors that go on top of those panels to give the look of cabinets.
I'm wondering about the best way to attach the panels and doors to the cabinets.
When the doors go on they will cover about 95% of the panel.
The doors are just like the cabinet doors.
They are 3/4" thick. They have a 2 1/2" solid maple rails and stiles.

Thanks for any thoughts or advice!
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Re: How To attach decorative doors and panels to peninsula ?


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The thin panel can be secured with glue and short brads appropriately placed so they go into the nailers and don't poke through on the inside. For the doors I usually use short drywall screws from the inside of the cabinet into the styles or rails. Keep the screws away from the corners of the doors, many have some kind of metal fasteners there. For a 30" tall door four screws per side will secure it. Double check the length of the screws in relation to the thickness of the cabinet and door styles, approx 1 1/4" total. 1" screws in this case won't poke through the doors. I mark the inside of the cabinet where the screws are going to go. Then I clamp the door exactly where it is going to be with the mini size squeeze grip clamps. Then I pre drill with one of the Snappy countersink bits, again being very careful how deep you drill. I am pre drilling into the door style. Then insert the screw and snug up enough to keep the door tight to the cabinet. If the doors are something hard like maple, use fine thread drywall screws.
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Thanks, Mike!
That all makes sense.
The backs of the cabinets are about 5/8". So there is about 1 1/2" of total thickness.
They are maple. I've been using GRK cabinet screws in this material.
I'll pre-drill as you suggest.

What do you use to attach the kick plates and shoe moldings?
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I would attach the doors to the panel while the panel was on saw horses then install the panel.
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The back of the peninsula is about 70" long.
Three of the decorative doors will be going back there.
Would you still put the doors on the panel first?
Or maybe do one door/panel at a time?
I was thinking of installing the panel as a single piece first.
But it could be cut. The doors could hide the seams.
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Yes, I would attach the doors to the panel first. I see no reason to cut the 70" panel.
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