You are not logged in. [ Login ] Why log in
(NOTE: Login is not required to post)

5 piece shaker doors using textured melamine

Harold morantz


Hi guys, I am building 3 rooms of closets and the doors will be 5 piece shakers using 3/4” textured melamine for 3” stiles and rails and 1/2” matching melamine for center panel. Some doors will have a center clear glass panel and others will have the 1/2” center panel and some will have an 1/8” mirror glued onto the center panel, still giving a shaker look with about an 1/8” inset to the face of the mirror. I am planning to rip my 3” rails and stiles, band both sides of rails and inside edge of stile. Make a groove for clear glass in center of 3/4” , insert glass into rails and cap with stiles and use my lame lol zeta with the Tenso snap fasteners with polyurethane glue to glue rails and stiles. The Tenso will click in place and hold butt joint till glue dries.
For the 1/2 solid matching melamine center I will use my router table with hold down spring device and run a groove with a slot cutter the thickness of 1/8 Masonite registering from the back of the 3/4” and 1/2” material and join the whole door together with the same glue and Tenso joints at rail and stile. This will give me a flat surface inside the door or drawer front and then add the 1/8” mirror afterwords for the 6 doors that need mirror fronts. The drawers will be built the same way and mirrors will be added and handles will be attached to stiles to avoid drilling into glass fronts.
We have bought these 5 piece doors in the past, but they are very pricey and my center panel being 1/2” thick compared to the 3/8 panels that are usually used means my usual suppliers won’t touch it.
We do have a great Brandt bander with premill that will do a perfect job of banding the 1mmbanding, so no problem there.
We will have to band the top and bottom of doors after assembly so that the rail to stile joint looks like one piece at top and bottom.

Some of the large doors are 80” high with clear glass and my question is do you think I can use 1/8” glass to keep weight down or will I need 3/16” glass? We can use silicone to glue glass into groove all around to add strength to the whole door. We cannot have any center stiles in this project. The upper doors are only 20” tall, so I do not foresee any issues there.
Although this is an all melamine job, it is 50k worth of closets and want to get it right.
Any advice is welcome and any pitfalls that you can see are also welcome. Thanks, Harold.

View higher quality, full size image (4032 X 3024)

View higher quality, full size image (4032 X 3024)

5/5/18       #2: 5 piece shaker doors using textured ...

Hello, I have looked at the manufactured doors you referenced, I think they use a spline that matches center panel to hold rail and stile joint together , then they edge band exterior of door to hide joint.
I have made some mitered doors with clamex fasteners and glue with good results. just a small hole at the back. Maybe best to use tempered glass , I think 1/8 would be fine, the openings don't look too wide. How do you like that dust collector in the background of first photo?
Best of luck to you.

5/5/18       #3: 5 piece shaker doors using textured ...
Harold morantz


Hi Ed, thanks for your response. The 2hp dust collector is not that strong. It’s working for us well for the two top/bottom trimmers on our bander. The premill is hooked up to a another collector at other end of machine which also collects from a slider. Should have bought a 5hp, but it’s doing the job. I have samples of these 5 piece shaker doors and had removed the banding to see how they are constructed. We use the tenso14 devices with our zeta machine and they do not need the hole in back. Those are designed for RTA cabinets. The Tenso devices snap together with a lot of strength.
We will be adding some poly glue for added measure. Thx, Harold.

6/6/18       #4: 5 piece shaker doors using textured ...
Paul Eichenlaub  Member


I had a job like this and the doors were 72" tall x 24" wide with 3.5 s&r mine was a veneer over 3/4 mdf . I used 1/8" glass and my supplier said he would do 1/4" min. But I was worried about the weight also. Out of 10 of them 4 cracked an I silicon them in but once any kind of flexing happen with the door it cracked. I built new doors with 1/4" glass and it's been 7 years and not a problem. For the weight problem I use 5 hinges on the door and for three of them I double up the hinge so 8 hinges to a door and they haven't moved a trace.

6/6/18       #5: 5 piece shaker doors using textured ...

Website: http://morantz

We ended up using 3/16 glass set into 3/4” groove all around frame and assembled with plywood splines that matched glass thickness. They came out great and I will post pictures next week.
A Hugh job to make all the doors and I would not do them again. Will only show textured melamine samples from companies that will make the doors for me.
All in all it was profitable work but wouldntvwantvtonrepaet thevorocess.harold.

  • Post a Response to this thread
  • notify me of responses to this topic
  • To receive email notification of additions to this forum thread,
    enter your name and email address, and then click the
    "Keep Me Posted" button below.

    Please Note: If you have posted a message or response,
    do not submit this request ... you are already signed up
    to receive notification!

    Your Name:
    E-Mail Address:
    Enter the correct numbers into the field below:

    Date of your Birth:

    Return to top of page

    Buy & Sell Exchanges | Forums | Galleries | Site Map

    FORUM GUIDELINES: Please review the guidelines below before posting at WOODWEB's Interactive Message Boards (return to top)

  • WOODWEB is a professional industrial woodworking site. Hobbyist and homeowner woodworking questions are inappropriate.
  • Messages should be kept reasonably short and on topic, relating to the focus of the forum. Responses should relate to the original question.
  • A valid email return address must be included with each message.
  • Advertising is inappropriate. The only exceptions are the Classified Ads Exchange, Machinery Exchange, Lumber Exchange, and Job Opportunities and Services Exchange. When posting listings in these areas, review the posting instructions carefully.
  • Subject lines may be edited for length and clarity.
  • "Cross posting" is not permitted. Choose the best forum for your question, and post your question at one forum only.
  • Messages requesting private responses will be removed - Forums are designed to provide information and assistance for all of our visitors. Private response requests are appropriate at WOODWEB's Exchanges and Job Opportunities and Services.
  • Messages that accuse businesses or individuals of alleged negative actions or behavior are inappropriate since WOODWEB is unable to verify or substantiate the claims.
  • Posts with the intent of soliciting answers to surveys are not appropriate. Contact WOODWEB for more information on initiating a survey.
  • Excessive forum participation by an individual upsets the balance of a healthy forum atmosphere. Individuals who excessively post responses containing marginal content will be considered repeat forum abusers.
  • Responses that initiate or support inappropriate and off-topic discussion of general politics detract from the professional woodworking focus of WOODWEB, and will be removed.
  • Participants are encouraged to use their real name when posting. Intentionally using another persons name is prohibited, and posts of this nature will be removed at WOODWEB's discretion.
  • Comments, questions, or criticisms regarding Forum policies should be directed to WOODWEB's Systems Administrator
    (return to top).

    Carefully review your message before clicking on the "Send Message" button - you will not be able to revise the message once it has been sent.

    You will be notified of responses to the message(s) you posted via email. Be sure to enter your email address correctly.

    WOODWEB's forums are a highly regarded resource for professional woodworkers. Messages and responses that are crafted in a professional and civil manner strengthen this resource. Messages that do not reflect a professional tone reduce the value of our forums.

    Messages are inappropriate when their content: is deemed libelous in nature or is based on rumor, fails to meet basic standards of decorum, contains blatant advertising or inappropriate emphasis on self promotion (return to top).

    Libel:   Posts which defame an individual or organization, or employ a tone which can be viewed as malicious in nature. Words, pictures, or cartoons which expose a person or organization to public hatred, shame, disgrace, or ridicule, or induce an ill opinion of a person or organization, are libelous.

    Improper Decorum:   Posts which are profane, inciting, disrespectful or uncivil in tone, or maliciously worded. This also includes the venting of unsubstantiated opinions. Such messages do little to illuminate a given topic, and often have the opposite effect. Constructive criticism is acceptable (return to top).

    Advertising:   The purpose of WOODWEB Forums is to provide answers, not an advertising venue. Companies participating in a Forum discussion should provide specific answers to posted questions. WOODWEB suggests that businesses include an appropriately crafted signature in order to identify their company. A well meaning post that seems to be on-topic but contains a product reference may do your business more harm than good in the Forum environment. Forum users may perceive your references to specific products as unsolicited advertising (spam) and consciously avoid your web site or services. A well-crafted signature is an appropriate way to advertise your services that will not offend potential customers. Signatures should be limited to 4-6 lines, and may contain information that identifies the type of business you're in, your URL and email address (return to top).

    Repeated Forum Abuse: Forum participants who repeatedly fail to follow WOODWEB's Forum Guidelines may encounter difficulty when attempting to post messages.

    There are often situations when the original message asks for opinions: "What is the best widget for my type of shop?". To a certain extent, the person posting the message is responsible for including specific questions within the message. An open ended question (like the one above) invites responses that may read as sales pitches. WOODWEB suggests that companies responding to such a question provide detailed and substantive replies rather than responses that read as a one-sided product promotion. It has been WOODWEB's experience that substantive responses are held in higher regard by our readers (return to top).

    The staff of WOODWEB assume no responsibility for the accuracy, content, or outcome of any posting transmitted at WOODWEB's Message Boards. Participants should undertake the use of machinery, materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB's Message Boards after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk. WOODWEB reserves the right to delete any messages it deems inappropriate. (return to top)

  • Forum Posting Help
    Your Name The name you enter in this field will be the name that appears with your post or response (return to form).
    Your Website Personal or business website links must point to the author's website. Inappropriate links will be removed without notice, and at WOODWEB's sole discretion. WOODWEB reserves the right to delete any messages with links it deems inappropriate. (return to form)
    E-Mail Address Your e-mail address will not be publicly viewable. Forum participants will be able to contact you using a contact link (included with your post) that is substituted for your actual address. You must include a valid email address in this field. (return to form)
    Subject Subject may be edited for length and clarity. Subject lines should provide an indication of the content of your post. (return to form)
    Thread Related Link and Image Guidelines Thread Related Links posted at WOODWEB's Forums and Exchanges should point to locations that provide supporting information for the topic being discussed in the current message thread. The purpose of WOODWEB Forums is to provide answers, not to serve as an advertising venue. A Thread Related Link that directs visitors to an area with inappropriate content will be removed. WOODWEB reserves the right to delete any messages with links or images it deems inappropriate. (return to form)
    Thread Related File Uploads Thread Related Files posted at WOODWEB's Forums and Exchanges should provide supporting information for the topic being discussed in the current message thread. Video Files: acceptable video formats are: .MOV .AVI .WMV .MPEG .MPG .MP4 (Image Upload Tips)   If you encounter any difficulty when uploading video files, E-mail WOODWEB for assistance. The purpose of WOODWEB Forums is to provide answers, not to serve as an advertising venue. A Thread Related File that contains inappropriate content will be removed, and uploaded files that are not directly related to the message thread will be removed. WOODWEB reserves the right to delete any messages with links, files, or images it deems inappropriate. (return to form)