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I am fairly new to routing techniques even though I have used routers for a long time for edge relief. I want to learn how to rout MDF slab doors for my cabinets to match (or close to it) existing doors. I am building all the cabinets myself. The upper existing doors are all cathedral cut, I want to make the lower doors square cut at the top.
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I am fairly new to routing techniques even though I have used routers for a long time for edge relief. I want to learn how to rout MDF slab doors for my cabinets to match (or close to it) existing doors. I am building all the cabinets myself. The upper existing doors are all cathedral cut, I want to make the lower doors square cut at the top.
Barry.. Welcome to the forum; there are many here who can assist you getting what you want to do with a router. This project is quite simple to achieve with the aid of template guides, also a face/edge cutter. It does require making a simple jig. I can assist you if you forward more details simply PM me with the size required. Just a reminder; there is more that can be achieved when the router is held in the plunge mode, with the aid of template guides. Check out the material below.
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P.S. Arched doors below but the square ones are easier to make
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Hi Barry

The bit is the key, once you have the one that will match the doors you have, it's easy...

You can make a template or just use some sticks for the bearing to run on..

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The method I used to rout the pattern on the door was to use a template guide and a Face/edge cutter. It just means you make your template that little bit larger also the template material does not have to be greater than 12mm

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But with your guide setup you must use a 40mm guide to let the bit in side the guide,but with the bearing on the bit no guide is needed..so to say the template or sticks can be a true pattern size..no math needed,plus it's very hard to get a 40mm guide in the states..as you know.

Plus by using the bearing way you can add the bearing to just about any bit profile .
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Thanks Tom,

My router is an older Craftsman I've had for probably 20 years. It is not a plunge router. I would like to find a nice Porter Cable plunge to go with the one I have. I still have 2 cabinets to build and not sure of the door width yet. The height is 22 1/4 inches. As soon as I can figure out posting a picture, I will show what I am trying to duplicate or approximate.
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Thanks Tom,

My router is an older Craftsman I've had for probably 20 years. It is not a plunge router. I would like to find a nice Porter Cable plunge to go with the one I have. I still have 2 cabinets to build and not sure of the door width yet. The height is 22 1/4 inches. As soon as I can figure out posting a picture, I will show what I am trying to duplicate or approximate.
Look forward to your next posting, There was some comment that you would need a 40mm guide which is not true all you require is a guide large enough for the cutter to penetrate through. You will require a plunge router no matter what method you do choose the cutter with the bearing added on top will require a thicker template if it is to be used with safety.
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