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Hi,

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.

thanks

Sue
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Greetings Sue,

Welcome to The Router Forums,

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:
  1. Assess the materials in the old item that I want to reuse
  2. Consider The Assembly Technique (screws, glue, rivets, etc)
  3. Devise a plan to dis-assemble to the desired degree
  4. Take the old one apart
  5. Put the new one together
  6. 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!





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Hi,

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.

thanks

Sue
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Hi Sue

It's Not to hard to do it and I'm sure you can do it. you need to remove the panel in the door 1st. ( most panels are floating type) the easy way is to use a good jig saw and cut the panel out once you have that done you will need a rabbit with bearing to remove the back edge of the door for the glass or plastic to sit in, you will need a tool to square up the corners so you can get the glass panel just right.

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bit below in the 1/4" shank size
MLCS rabbeting router bits and kits

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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.

thanks

Sue



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Sue I doubt that you will be able to take the doors apart. What you will need besides a router is a guide for the router (to keep it a specific distance from the edge) and a "straight bit" I would recommend a 1/2" if your router will take it. Set the bit about 1/4" to start and out the perimeter. This should be enough to get the panel out. Once the panel is out you should be good to go. Here is a picture of what it should look like.
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Hi Sue

It's Not to hard to do it and I'm sure you can do it. you need to remove the panel in the door 1st. ( most panels are floating type) the easy way is to use a good jig saw and cut the panel out once you have that done you will need a rabbit with bearing to remove the back edge of the door for the glass or plastic to sit in, you will need a tool to square up the corners so you can get the glass panel just right.

like below
MLCS Corner Chisels and Cabinetmaker Chisel

bit below in the 1/4" shank size
MLCS rabbeting router bits and kits

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Glad to see there are other newbies here with routing. I am also very new to the sport of routing. I call it a sport, one because it is very challenging and two, I have had more misses than hits if I was to keep score. I have found that a bit of practice will serve great rewards. Learn how the router feels when using it. I have spent a quite a bit of time just practicing with different bits. I have also found out the wrong way to go when routing, not a good experience. However, with all that said, it is really nice to have a finished product turn out the way it was planned.
Good Luck to you and Happy Routing.
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