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Hi everyone , looking for some input on how to go about doing intergrated handles like this . It will not be a painted finish , it's a high gloss laminate .
Any help / advice would be greatly appreciated
Have you considered using a router?
"Have you considered using a router?"
Yeah, that was a cheap shot. I tire of unhelpful responses like this.
My suggestion may be worth no more, but I will give it a try. And I am no p-lam expert, but have been around some similar efforts in wood-like products.
Suppose you make a rip the width of the pull, cut one length for the bottom part of the door with the appropriate angle on the top edge and band the bevel. Cut another piece square-edged for the part above the pull and band the bottom edge. (Maybe I have the bevel on the wrong piece, the photo is not clear). Cut strips for the door edges and band their inside edges, then join them to the first two pieces with splines, Dominos, etc. Laminate over both sides, and wave your magic wand to incorporate the back of the pull into the layup. Maybe glue a pull-size piece to the inside of the back laminate? Just a general approach, and I would like to hear from someone who has actually done it.
Highly laborious, but perhaps that's why Poggenpohl et al are priced in the stratosphere (besides the marketing/markup).
The finished product is a bad idea and not worth doing in my opinion, but if you have a client that is willing to pay for it... fill your boots.
Thanks for helping to brain storm a solution. It is almost a job I wish I don't get. Poggenpohl and the similar have clients demanding this look. And I just have not thought of a way to do it as clean and slick as them . I give the German and Italian manufactures that do a big thumbs up for achieving this. I have not yet seen an American manufacture doing a integrated handle quite like this one.
I have not done these but at first glance I have an idea. Not sure if you can make this a 1" thick door but I would take a piece of 3/4" MDF and make the cuts for the opening. Edge band the inside edge of the cut out. Lay up a piece of 1/4 with plam where the opening would be for the handle. Then lay up the 1/4" on the back of the 3/4", edge band then laminate front and back. This is labor intensive as well and I am not sure how unbalanced the board would be after adding the 1/4" and plam. Maybe you could use 2 pieces of 1/2" to help with that.
I have done this, very recently. The image doesn't show it but there is a chamfer on the top edge of the pull.
At 1" thick, you take a piece of 3/4 MDF and toss it on your cnc. You program the pocket with your required chamfer and machine it all with a 1/2 ball nose, then reduce your ball nose diameter to 1/8" just to get in the corners (Which you then completely square out with sandpaper). Then take a piece of 1/4" MDF, prime and paint it gloss where the handle will be viewable from the front. Toss it in the vacuum bag and then finish the entire piece.
I also offer these for sale - if you have the need.