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How to reproduce drawer front

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I am in the process of rebuilding a vanity and have accidentally thrown away the false drawer front. I assumed it would be no issue to make a new one or buy one however when i began to look at it i realized i had no way of cutting this with my router and bits.
Anyone have suggestions on how i can reproduce this drawer front?
any help appreciated.
See attached photo of my kitchen cabinet drawer fronts as an example.


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Is it possibly a slab front with a routed edge and an applied mitered frame on the outside. The photo is not clear, but it looks as if the grain may be parallel to the short edge which would support this.

Maybe not, I enlarged the photo and the part on the left has the grain running lengthwise on the complete - maybe the OEM had a shaper bit that cut that large of a profile. But, if the profiles were "standard", you could get there by adding a mitered surround with the bottom half of the profile cut in it - that's how I would do it.
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I think I've seen that profile or at least one similar to it but I'm not sure where. The bottom part of the profile appears to be a roundover with a small fillet (vertical flat). The top part looks like a small cove which means that the profile could be cut in 2 passes with 2 different bits, neither of which are costly.
Could this be done in two parts? A 3/4 slab rounded over and a thinner slab with the cove cut glued to the face?
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Thanks, sounds like what i was thinking as well i should have posted with a ruler as the distance from the second cut to the outer edge is quite a bit.
Also there appears to be a contour as well on both cuts.
I'll try to add a better photo of the cuts which may help in identifying what it is.
Thanks for the feedback.
Looks sort of like the "frame" has a full beaded inside edge and the panel has what looks like a half chamfer. Can you show a picture of the back side?

Whiteside machine makes a bit kind of like that depending on dimensions. Taking a picture with a ruler might help. Search whiteside machine #3302

In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
This looks like a good opportunity to set up two routers with different cutters...and several scrap pieces of the same thickness as the original to practice with. Tweak the bit cutting depth of each one until you have a cut that looks reasonably close to the original.

Good luck.
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I can think of a couple of ways to skin this cat...


handheld router or router table?

what kind of wood? pine? Poplar?

I can see doing this with a tablesaw in fact, Thinking the face is a soft wood, sanding down the profile would be relatively straight forward and quick. Set the blade height and adjust your fence for the first plateau, make your 4 passes, drop the blade, narrow the fence and make your 2nd plateau..then hand sand the profile..

Pretty much the same idea with a router bit...
just sayin''..
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It really would be helpful to have dimensions (I personally would like to about 1/16 inch). I do agree with @MT Stringer about the opportunity to have two routers in the process>:)
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