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02/05/05

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How To Install Custom Cabinet Door and Drawer Fronts - Part 4


Trimming Overlap from inside face frame edge.

Using a razor knife, trim the overlap excess inside and outside edge of the opening from both stiles and rails. Use the face frame edge as a guide.

Apply pressure sensitive veneer or laminate to the face frame

Stiles
- Start with the stiles.
- Peel back just enough backing from the top of the strip to anchor the strip to the face frame.
- Make sure the top edge of the strip is flush and square with the top of the stile.
- Align the strip so that there’s an even overlap on both sides of the stile (Figure 8).
- Then press and lightly smooth downward, peeling the backing off as you go. (Be very careful to get it lined up right the first time, because the special adhesive makes it very difficult to get off!)
- Repeat above on other stile.

Rails
- Peel back just enough backing from one end of pressure sensitive veneer/laminate and position it to overlap the left and right stiles by 1”.
- Align the strip so that there’s an even overlap on top and bottom of rail.
- Then lightly press and smooth left to right, peeling the backing off as you go (Figure 9).
- Repeat above on other rail.

Trimming Overlap from Stiles and Rails
- Using a razor knife, trim the overlap excess inside the opening from both stiles and rails. Use the inside of the face frame as a guide (Figure 10).

- Trim the overlay from the top and bottom of the cabinet (Figure 11).
-Using a straight edge, align it flush with the inside of the stile, extending over where the rail butts the stile.
- Use straight edge as a guide and cut all the way through both the layers of pressure sensitive veneer/laminate (Figure 12).
-Using the tip of the razor knife and veneer trimming guide, remove the rail excess.
-Again using the tip of the razor knife, gently raise the pressure sensitive veneer/laminate off the rail and remove the excess trim from the stile (Figure 13).
- Gently smooth the rail pressure sensitive veneer/laminate back down to the stile. The veneer should meet smoothly where the rail and stile join together.
- Repeat on other three corners.
- Using sanding block with 150 grit sandpaper, sand one direction toward the inside of cabinet box clean up the edge of the pressure sensitive veneer/laminate even with the inside of the cabinet face frame (Figure 14).
- Using the veneer smoothing blade or plexiglass scraper, or 3-in-1 pressure tool apply as much pressure as possible to the pressure sensitive veneer/laminate. Go with the grain (Figure 15).

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