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Appliance Wood Door Panel Kits

Sub-zero, French Door Drawer, Refrigerator Freezer, Dishwasher
Appliance Panel Door Kits
CUSTOM FINISHED Per Your Sample
CUSTOM DESIGNED TO MATCH YOUR CABINETS

NINETY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE TIME we can match your wood, door style and finish close enough that a casual observer will NOT notice the difference!Free Shipping in the Contiguous 48 states

SPECIAL CLARIFICATION:
I can't tell you how many folks call about appliance panels for their refrigerator.

If your appliance is not made to receive such panels, IT CAN NOT BE DONE.

It is possible that your appliance has colored metal panels in an aluminum frame and if this is true, then wood panels can be fitted.

WHAT IT TAKES TO INSTALL APPLIANCE WOOD DOOR PANELS PROPERLY

The challenge is to provide wood panel kits for your new deluxe appiance refrigerator freezer that look as close as possible to the rest of your cabinets. This assumes we are dealing with a pre-existing kitchen with the addition of the new appliance you have always wanted. And, you want it to look "right."

Your appliance dealer may have some cabinet shop that can meet the basic need for cabinet doors of the same wood and general design, but the odds are they will only get you into the 80% range and say they are "compatible."

That cabinet shop rarely performs their finishing work to include staining to match color darkness and transparency, while also not being used to addressing the gloss sheen level of the clear coatsl

HOW WE CAN DO IT. We are 35 years of quality woodworkers that at one time made cabinets to match the existing in order to add additional or make major modifications. We learned the tricks of matching doors at that time. Issues like: outside edge shape, inside edge, raised panel shape, panel shape, stile width, rail width, etc. We attend to such detail.

We have also, for 35 years, been operating our own furniture stripping and refinishing systems. Many of the projects we restore require restoration to match another aged piece that is not being done. Issues like: basic color, accent color, transparency, darkness, clear finish thickness, top coat sheen level, etc.

It is our experience and capacity that will get your appliance wood door panel kits to match your existing cabinets to the 98% to 100% level.

 

DOOR DESIGN NOT ALL THAT SIMPLE

A cabinet door is a common thing, but to get one that picks up all the details to match your others gets complicated.

cab door 1cab doo 3cab door 2

Door style square, mitre corners. Maple door, transparent finish, light color, low sheen. Outside edge shape, hidden hinges, width of stile/rail. Inside edge shape, added inside molding, raised panel style "swoop," normal width.

To match your door and finish sample means we need top quality clear hardwood with no dark areas or blemishes.

If an appliance door panel area is on average about 40" x 72" then 20 square feet are involved. When a cabinet door maker sells based on low price he does it by square foot and then cuts every corner possible to control his expenses, including using inferior grades of wood and door machining.

A door maker who wants to serve a quality market prices differently. There is a cost for a door by varying style. and then there is a square foot price based on the wood specie and grade selected. This is our approach.

 

FINISHING IS MUCH MORE THAN BRUSHING ON A CAN OF FINISH

Your existing cabinets have some age on them. If more than a few years, for example, it may be true that the doors facing the sink window from across the room get much more sun rays than those that back onto the outside wall Hardwood naturally changes color with sun, and some darkens and some lighten.

In addition, the stain that was used was likely a penetrating oil stain that does all of the same.

Finally, depending on age your cabinets top coat clear finish could be varnish, polyurethane or lacquer. Each has the same impact, with varnish being the worse.

To provide my point take a suspected cabinet door and fold it back over the next door. I'll bet the inside back is distinctly different and is what the original looked like.

We take the care and attention for all of the above.

red oak white pickle
shortened kitchen cabinet door
cherry table ftm drawer
Red oak that has been pickled or white washed is the biggest color changer.
Pair of doors shortened for microwave exhaust hood and you can not tell where or how we did it.
The cherry table was dark black cherry refinished to match the new drawer front.
     

 

THE DEMANDING DIFFICULT PORTION HAS BEEN DONE THE PROPER WAY

COST SUIMMARY TO THIS POINT:
LOW HIGH
DOOR BLANKS UNFINISHED PER DESIGN REQUIRED w/ FOB
$1000 $1200
FINISHING TO MATCH/BLEND TO AGED SAMPLE PROVIDED
$500
$800
= Sub-Total for Experts' portion
$1600
$2500

This is the basic portion of the appliance wood door panel that you should use us for.

The following explains the additional stages. Most of then we will perform if you want, or you might use a local handyman or put in some sweat equity.

THE REQUIRED SPACER AND BACKER WITH THE LOCAL OPTION

These are routine sheets of thin plywood that can be obtained from any lumber yard or big box supplier that includes wood supplies.

The trick is that they must be accurately cut to specific sizes. We will do them, but think about the shipping requirement. Basically a crate of about 2 x 7 feet that is too long for UPS or FEDEX.

You are requested to supply us with a copy of the maker's specifications for wood door panel kits. The most important portion is the chart like follows. It specifies exactly what is needed to the 1/16".

refrig pnls trim list

ASSEMBLING THE SANDWICH

At this point the components that exist are the door panels as the "front panels", the 1/8" spacer panel, and the 1/4" backer panel. The last two mount into and inside the metal the metal tri kit on the appliance and can not be seen once installed.

The assembly or installation instructions usually call for removing a small area on the four corners of each backer 1/4" panel. Some ask for square not and others ask for a 45 degree cut. Either way it is not crucial and easy to do

backer panel notch

The next step is to create the sandwich. On a hard flat CLEAN surface lay the door panel face down. Then stack the spacer panel and the backer panel. Carefully align them with the same required gap on all four sides. Find a way to lock them inplace. You might use a squeze clamp, wrapping with duct tape or something. You do not want them to shift around.

With a hand drill and bit based on your screws to be used, drill a hole through the backer, through the spacer, and just slightly into the hardwood door's back. Do not drill too far and go through. Marking your drill bit depth with a piece of tape is one way to control..

Drill at each of four corners of each door panel. Do same at any mid-rail. Then be sure that a screw is placed every 15-18" along the door edges. If you feel there is any puckering in the center of the door sandwich, do a screw into the back center of each raised panel.

The screws need to set flush so the heads do not stick up. One way is to countersink screw heads and another is to pre drill screw countersink. It is suggested to use #8 phillips head screws 3/4" long but be sure you are placing them behind the door frame lumber areas.

Screw them together.

refrig panel sandwich

We highly recommend the "Three panel method."

The sandwich process can easily consume 30-45 minutes per door panel, usually 3 per appliance.

IN-DOOR ICE & WATER DISPENSER = THE TRICKY STEP

Some appliances come with a special trim kit just for this cut out. Others don't.

The makeup of the freezer door varies accordingly; but, in any case, the final cutout hole sizing is required on site by the installer.

The best is when the dispenser is wide enough to fill the place where the raised panel fits.

refrig no indoor dispenser refirg in door dispenser  
NO in-door dispenser
Pre-Cut hole for indoor dispenser.
Do not have a drawing but we've seen that it can not be pre-cut.
     

This requiremenet is really hard to anticipate until specification drawings are available and it is determined if the wood panels can be pre-cut.

 

INSTALLING THE PANELS

The recommended process varies by makers. Here is one example.

The installation process can easily consume 30-45 minutes per panel, with three per appliance.

We are not addressing the following requirements to refit the handles, etc.

refrig panel installation

THE DEMANDING DIFFICULT PORTION HAS BEEN DONE THE PROPER WAY

COST SUIMMARY TO THIS POINT:
LOW HIGH
DOOR BLANKS UNFINISHED PER DESIGN REQUIRED w/ FOB
$1000 $1200
FINISHING TO MATCH/BLEND TO AGED SAMPLE PROVIDED
$500
$800
= Sub-Total for Experts portion
$1600
$2000

THE LOCAL OPTION TASKS BY GOOD TRIM CARPENTER OR HANDYMAN

DECIDE WHAT LEVEL OF TURN KEY YOU WANT:
LOCAL +/- BY US
SPACER AND BACKER PANELS
2 HOURS + $50 WOOD
$300
ASSEMBLING THE SANDWICH
1.5 - 2.5 HOURS
$300
THE ABOVE CAN BE INCLUDED IN OUR TURN KEY SERVICES  
THE FOLLOWING MUST BE DONE LOCALLY
FITTING IN-DOOR DISPENSER
1+/- HOURS
$100
INSTALLING PANELS ONTO DOORS
1.5 - 2.5 HOURS
$300 IF LOCAL PLUS TRAVEL
= Sub Total with two options to accomplish
7+/- MHs X $60/Hr = $470+/-
$1000+/-
USING THE LOCAL OPTION VS TURN KEY PACKAGE KIT
== TOTAL
$2070+/-
$2600 / $3000+/-

Remember, handles and other fitting after the fact requirements are not yet included.

 

 

HOW TO GET A BID

SEE http://www.thewoodworksinc.com/bid-options.php AND select OPTION #2. Send us photos with YouSendIt

USE ITS SPECIAL EMAILING OPTION

 

 

 

THE FULL SET OF INFORMATION WE NEED:

Ordering Requirements:

The appliance dealer, or the owner's manual supplied with your new unit, can provide the few pages of detailed specifications for the wood panels. We need them by scan, email or fax.

The goal should be to match your existing cabinetry design. The way to start is with some digital pictures. Take one of the new refrigerator, cabinetry generally, close up of a door and a closer picture of the 12" or so of the upper or lower corner of a door along with one of the side view of the door edge. .

 

We need to see your current door style with a close up of the lower corner 12" or so for detail and another of the door's edge.

We need to see the full set of specifications supplied with the appliance. Key drawing needed is to the left below. It is just one page and we need all the pages.

We need to see a picture of the actual appliance installation,

THIS IS WHAT A FULL CUSTOMIZED BID SET OF SPECIFICATIONS LOOKS LIKE.

The door style is a mitre frame with 95%+ overall design copy of raised panel, outside edge shape, inside frame shape as close as we could copy and mitre design, all in matching hard maple wood.

The overall two-door panel design allows for the in-door dispenser and includes cutting out for it.

Each panel includes the three layers of the door panel, the 1/8" shim and the 1/4" backer, all of which are preassembled.

 

 

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