Wednesday, January 9, 2013
RETROFITTING THE CHINA CABINET DOORS
Yesterday I showed you my current project, the china cabinet for the dining room.
The outside doors had a wire screen rather than glass. I like the charm and texture of the wire, but it was not in good shape (surprise!) and I decided that I wanted the clean look of glass all the was across the doors.
I was hoping for a simple trip to the glass shop for a few rectangular panes of glass, but upon examining the backs of the doors I discovered the door frame around the glass was cut in the same curved shape as the front of the door. Boo. A much more difficult cut for the glass and much more $$$ to replace it.
However, the doors were nice and thick and I thought it would be fairly easy to notch out the corners of that curve to make the back into a rectangular frame for the glass. So, I called my handy-dandy dad for some help. We decided this would be a fairly easy project with the router.
First, we marked the section that we wanted to cut out,
and then he routed out most of the unwanted section.
There was a small section left in the corners where the router couldn't make a sharp cut,
so using a chisel he squared up the corners.
That's it! A little sanding and paint and no one will ever know. I left the doors at the glass shop so they could get a good fit, and it will only cost about $10 per door for the glass.
By the way, if you ever need to clean up spilled, ancient, dried wood glue, a chisel turned upside down is a great tool! Ask me, I know. :) Apparently this cabinet was also the tool storage unit for the previous owners.
Most of you don't know my dad, but these photos from his garage will tell you a lot...
He's organized, disciplined, consistent, resourceful, creative, and a super-hard worker.
Dad, thanks so much for your help yesterday! I know you had a long list of other things to be doing, and I love how you're always willing to drop all of your projects when someone need your help. I hope that I am that willing to help others, also.
Wish me luck, I'm off to sand a little more and start priming!
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