We make mostly slab doors in textured melamine scans acrylic veneers and and are getting more requests for glass inserts on some of the doors. We are presently setting our rip fence on saw at 2.25 and carefully plunge cutting into finished door and cutting almost up to corner so as not to over cut the corner on the bottom. Then we use a fein multi master with sharp blade to finish the cut to get a square inside corner. It works well with no chipping and then we band the inside with a matching banding with contact cement and then use a router to make the glass rabbet in back.we do not presently have any CNC. We cannot make a 4 piece miter door as there is often grain that has to be matched, so making a mite red door and then laminating front and back won't work. This takes a lot of time, which we do charge a premium for, but would like to find a faster system. Any help would be appreciated. Harold.
I agree with you both that the router route is the easiest although we will have to square the corners. I will try my Stanley square inside corner punch with door clamped to a good backer to make sure it doesn't tear out the acrylic. Have been looking at some tabletop cnc's in the 2k range to see if these machines could do it faster. With different width doors in a kitchen, I guess we can start with the biggest door and make a 2.5 frame that we double tape to the face of the door and first rough cut out the opening with a jig saw to within 1/4" and then use the router table with a long hearing but to follow the pattern, then reducevthevopening for each set of narrower doors,. Thanks again for your help. Harold.
We get this request sometimes. We will order a slab front cut for glass in RTF with a 1/16 radius on the edge. Matches the slab well and takes no time to do. Downside is there isn't always a foil match
Hello, Just saw a video of a handheld cnc router, looks like it might work for your doors. I believe it was shaper origin cnc.
From what I briefly saw the router continually corrects as you hand follow their layout tape.
Probably less money than a small cnc tabletop model without size restrictions.
Well, my cabinetmaker decided to make the cutout on the saw. 15 doors took him less than an hour. Small over cut in corners is eliminated by rabbet for glass. No router set up or dust and the corners are square to band. Thanks to all.
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