I learned about the paint or stain first the hard way. I built a medicine cabinet and inserted the mirror in the cope and stick frame. What I did not realize is the mirror picks up the unfinished parts below the vision line, and it looks ugly! Amplified unfinished line around the mirror. Looks like I am a sloppy painter. Which is not true. I am an ignorant framed mirror painter. If it did not cost so much I would rebuild it.
John: why not use plywood? I would. If you can get some to fit the groove. If not ???
Hi David, I think the spacers are probably a good thing, but I have built quite a few doors and as long as the panel is a good fit I dont think they are a must. You want a snug fit, not tight but not loose you, you will be able to tell as you test fit your doors before assembly. Good luck!
Hello again,John, Here's a supplier in Atlanta,that i use: Peachtree woodworking supply 6684 Jimmy Carter Blvd.Suite100 Norcross,Ga 30071 1-700-458-5539 Toll Free: 1-888-512-9069 on line :ptreeusa.com I've used this supplier for years with good results,even tho I live in Illinois. They are a great source for woodworking supplies,advice,and they offer classes and seminars. Dave,the owner,will be able to advise you,where to find a good wood supplier in your area. Tell him,Dave from Illinois,sent you. #2 Yes,you need the gap,even if the spacers aren't used,so the center panel can "float". If you don't,something may crack r break apart. I use spacers to keep the panel centered in the frame,while it expands and moves around,but that's just my touch. Also,John Magee's advise is also correct,as is witnessed by his excellant raised panel doors in his kitchen.His photos are on this site....check them out.His work is fantastic! Hope my advise prooves helpful to you. Good luck to you, Dave
I've been told that I need to have an 1/8" gap on each side for a total of 1/4" for the top and sides. Would this be true without spacers? Have you had any problems without the spacers?
John Magee said:Hi David, I think the spacers are probably a good thing, but I have built quite a few doors and as long as the panel is a good fit I dont think they are a must. You want a snug fit, not tight but not loose you, you will be able to tell as you test fit your doors before assembly. Good luck!