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I poked around on the net a little in search of a manual for you. I found the one attached to this reply on the porter cable site. I suspect that machine types 1001, 1007 and 1008 are all very similar and considered to be variants of their model 100.
It would help to take a moment to compare the machine you have to the drawings in this book to confirm that it is the right manual.
Moving on to the project you have in mind! It sounds as if you wish to rebuild your kitchen cabinet doors, keeping the current frames and replacing the panel portion of the doors.
This kind of project is quite ambitious for your first project with a router. A restoration with modification can be a lot of fun. A basic general process that I follow when taking anything apart to salvage parts from it is:
- Assess the materials in the old item that I want to reuse
- Consider The Assembly Technique (screws, glue, rivets, etc)
- Devise a plan to dis-assemble to the desired degree
- Take the old one apart
- Put the new one together
- Apply any finishing touches
Absent personal inspection of the doors that are being rebuilt, it's difficult for me to make recommendations on how to take it apart that are guaranteed to be free of complications.
Generally speaking I would try to separate the top rail from the stiles, allowing the removal of the panel. The idea behind picking the top panel for the cut is that it does the least amount of work.
The bottom and sides of the frame form a U for the panel to ride in. With regard to gravity, all the top rail portion of the frame does is keep the stiles from moving around..
While it is possible to simply cut out the old panel, getting a properly sized replacement panel into the 'closed groove' with the frame still assembled isn't possible with out compromising the strength and stability of either the panel or the frame.
Some would take a different approach and cut out the back side of the groove entirely, allowing a replacement panel to be set in place and held there with 'clip & screw' fasteners such as those used to hold mirrors in place.
The reason I am not a big fan of that approach. is that glass is heavier than wood, thus increases the load put on the frame. Removal of one side of the slot weakens the frame strength at the same time.
The really neat thing about Do It Yourself projects is that the final call in all aspects of planning is up to you!
My name is Sue. I recently bought an older porter cable router - model 1001.
I've never routered before. I want to rout out the panels of my kitchen cabinet doors and replace with glass or something else.
Does anyone have a copy of the owners manual for this machine?
I'm hoping it's not a terribly complicated process. I suppose I will need some sort of guide or bracing system to hold the doors in place.
Going right now to see if there are any general routering videos posted here.