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07:19AM | 10/11/02
Member Since: 10/10/02
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My kitchen cabinet doors are wood with a rectangular detail a few inches in from each edge (these rectangles actually have arched tops). I'm interested in cutting these door centers out and installing plexiglass (or glass?) to update the look of my kitchen. How to do this?

Mark Hammond

05:35PM | 10/12/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
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If you can't easily take apart the frames,(and you usually can't) then you may need to cut out the backs of the stiles and rails that cover the panel in the center. One way to do this is to take a laminate trimmer and install a stright cutting bit. This can be used to follow the curve on the upper part of the door as well as the straight sides. You should cut down to the insert (about 1/4") and just let the piece fall out after. Install the glass and hold it in place with small pieces of trim but don't let it show past the edge of the frame or you will be able to see it from the front. Good luck.....Mark Hammond


08:00AM | 10/14/02
Member Since: 10/10/02
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Thanks so much for your advice, Mark - makes complete sense and will make my life *much* easier! Kimberly


03:11AM | 10/15/02
Member Since: 09/17/02
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Here's a tip that might help you. When you trim the curved edge, trim the rabet to a square shape. That way you can install a square piece of glass in the hole and it will still looked curved from the front.


03:56AM | 11/22/02
Member Since: 11/20/02
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If you didn't want to go to such lengths, I have a suggestion. Take the doors off of the cabinets you wish to replace with pglass. I did this and also installed white wired Christmas lights around the back of the interior of the cabinet to illuminate my everyday dishes and a few objects of interest. It looks very elegant and really warms my kitchen look. I keep them on 24/7.
I would loved to have done exactly what you
are attempting but because my budget is limited, I opted to do this instead. If you try this first, it may save you time and money and still accomplish your goal.

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