I’ve got the cabinets primed, filled and ready for paint. I’ve got the backs done and ready for the doors. I decided to go with the MDF so as to have a nice flat panel as these doors simply get a routed profile. I have had issues with MDF’s screw holding ability, especially on euro hinges. I have seen them pull out pretty easily. I realize a lot of factories use MDF but I just don’t care for having problems.
Here’s what I decided to do. I took a 1/4″ maple spline and inserted it into the MDF. I cut a 1/4″ groove 2″ deep into the edge. I didn’t go dead center but rather held it towards what will be the back of the door allowing extra meat on the face for routing. It ends up with about an 1/8″ thickness of MDF, a 1/4″ maple spline and then a 3/8″ thickness of MDF on the face. I simply glued it well coating both the inside of the groove and the spline as Mdf will soak some glue and then I used Titebond ® III, put wax paper between the doors, just in case, and clamped them to my flat bench and let them dry overnight. It surely looks good to me. Now again, I realize most would not want to go to all this trouble and again, I know that the MDF is simply screwed everyday and a lot of the factories use a plastic insert where the screws go, but I have seen these fail many times, and trying to repair MDF after it tears out doesn t work well at all. This way I know I have some holding power in there, I just feel better taking the time and effort to do it.
We are running behind today, had to wait for the ice to melt a bit, but its still pretty ICY out and calling for perhaps more tonight, hope not…it’s off to final size the doors, get them routed and sealed.
Later ya’ll, be safe.