“Do you know of a procedure for removing a panel from the rails and stiles of a standard raised panel cabinet door constructed with cope and stick joinery, in order to replace it with a glass panel. I can’t figure out how to make a square opening in the corners on the back side in order to lift out the panels. Have you ever done this, do you recommend it? Router perhaps?”
WWGOA Editor Response:
I’ve been stewing on this. Here’s what I propose… I’m assuming you don’t need to keep the panel. Using a jig saw, cut the panel as close as you can get to the inside edges of the frame, without cutting into the frame. In 4 or 5 spots leave a high spot. My theory is that if you don’t leave too much meat behind from the panel you’ll be able to grab the tabs you left behind with a vise grip and, especially on the end grain, bust it out. Once the panel starts coming apart, you should be able to pull on and fracture the rest.
You need a laminate trim bit to change the groove into a rabbet. The pilot on these bits is very small and should fit into the available space. The bearing on a standard flush trim bit won’t fit into the groove. You’ll need to hand chisel the corners square.
Hopefully the resulting rabbet will be deep enough to take the glass.
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