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Building my first cabinet doors, and I have a stupid question. Do you rout the outside edges of the rails and stiles before or after assembling the door? It seems to me that after the door is assembled, one could rout the edge profile onto all four sides of the door, eliminating the requirement to cope the ends of the stiles on a sled. What's the accepted method? Thanks.

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BUT BE CAREFUL if you are going to use European-style hinges (concealed) then you will need a special bit. You can get away with a rounding bit if you only take off every small amount. If you use an ordinary bit you will find that when you drill the hole for the hinge that the hole will go right through the thin edge of the door.
 

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I think my edge profile will be safe, but I'll certainly check for that. Thanks for the tip.
 

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It's usually not a problem. We use classic and ogee bits all the time. Many drill the holes too deep or get too close to the edge drilling..
 

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I haven't drilled any yet, but holding the hinge up to the edge of the stile, I can see I'd have to screw up to cause a problem. I'll be careful.
 

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Best to make a test piece before doing the good pieces. If you change anything, make another test piece.

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Usually the routing and one last hit with a sander and your ready to move on to assembly on the cabinet or finishing.

Glad everything worked out...
 

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Rebelwork, why are you using Bob Vila as your avatar? Just curious.
 
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