In the past when doing refrigerator panels, I've been able to see the refrigerator first. This time around I'm not able to, as the job is 6 hours away and the panels will need to be delivered with the cabinets. In the past we have mounted a piece of 1/4" material on back with a spacer to hold it out from our 3/4" panels (outsourced doors). They would be screwed, or we have used 3/8" material and rabbeted it so that it acted just like the above. But this refrigerator's instructions... well, I just can't quite get my mind wrapped around what they are asking me to do. I would hate to actually rabbet the door (for one thing, the door is mitered with a bead (to mimic a beaded inset) and the rabbet would eliminate the bead). What am I missing?
From contributor B:
I hate doing fridge panels based on the manufacturer's instructions. I always want to eyeball the actual fridge. Get the model number, and I'll bet you can find that fridge somewhere in town so you can actually see it. Take your tape measure and the manufacturer's instructions when you go look at it. With both of those, it will be hard to go wrong.
I've even had reps bring me in 1/4" panels and tell me to hold off of them by such and such with the 3/4" panels, when finished... We just screw the 3/4" doors onto the 1/4" panels they give, slide it into the trim, tighten, and bam - finished!
There are so many ways to do this, and often the appliance company can help you further. The general support numbers suck for this - you need a dealer support number and a guru to help you out. Might take you 1.5 hours work to get to the right person and answer, but the relief of stress will be worth it, and will probably give you the confidence to finish your project with some semblance of sanity. The worst is when they don't work, or require 3/4" with no backer panels and you have to be dead on with 1/16" variances in tolerance - and 0 +.
I usually discourage people from using these and tell them that it's out of style and they listen. It honestly is around here, but more so now that all the cabinet shops are discouraging this.