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Hello, my first post.

I am making a door for a kitchen cabinet.

My question is, when do I rout the door lip/finger grip on the outside edge of the door?

Should I rout the door lip/finger grip on the rails and stiles prior to assembling of the door, or assemble the door, and rout all four sides on the completed door.

Thanks in advance for any and all replies.

Mike
 

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I think you should route the profile before assembly. If you do it after you will have end grain at each corner that will chip out easily.
 

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Hello, my first post.

I am making a door for a kitchen cabinet.

My question is, when do I rout the door lip/finger grip on the outside edge of the door?

Should I rout the door lip/finger grip on the rails and stiles prior to assembling of the door, or assemble the door, and rout all four sides on the completed door.

Thanks in advance for any and all replies.

Mike
before in case of tear out..
 

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Two other considerations. The smaller pieces are probably going to be easier to handle than a whole door. And if something should go wrong you only lose the one piece, not the whole door.
 

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if you have to route the finger grip afterwards rout only the long grain...
 

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routing before assembly makes it difficult to edge the end of the styles. I always rout the edges of the completed door. It's much easier to handle the door. Never had any problem with tear out.
 

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I like a small round over on the outside (facing) edge) of the door and a stopped finger groove cut with a cove bit on the back edge. A little hard to see in this photo, but it's on the edge just below the center rail. On the lower cabinets, I've sometimes cut the finger hold on the top edge as an alternate to the edge, the upper cabinets varies from the bottom edge and the side at the lower part of the door, probably 3 - 4" long depending on the door.
 

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I've done the same as Tom where I only put the finger grip on the bottom middle of the drawers and just the top rail or short section of the stile.
 

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I always make the stiles and rails a little larger than the finished width and height. This way when I clamp them together I don't have to worry about clamp marks on the wood. It is then easy and quick to run them through the table saw for the exact dimention that I want. I don't try to run the door through a router table if it is a large door. I hand hold the router. If I'm worried about tearout a small sacrificial piece of wood can be clamped to the door.
 
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