Inf. from Griffiths Home Page
Wardrobe Doors After measuring the new door, a cardboard template was traced onto the wardrobe where the opening will be. The surface was covered with masking tape which prevented chipping the surface. The cut is halfway finished, being made with a fine tooth metal blade in a jigsaw.
Only 3" (75mm) of the hanging space will be retained. A hanging bar is fastened to the shelf, allowing 32" (81cm) high hanging space, enough for shirts and slacks. To make hanging clothes easier, the shelf tapers narrower toward the opening.
The black bits are tape to hold things in place temporarily.
The new side shelves viewed through the new door opening. Each shelf is 16" (40cm) long by 7" (18cm) wide and 7 to 9" (18-23cm) high. They were finished with a clear spray lacquer on both sides.
Before the edge trim and door trim could be fitted, a slot needed to be cut into the edges of the plywood. I finally found a suitable tool to cut these slots. It is a DremelTM motor tool and a DremelTM shaping disk, PN 543. It cuts a slot just under 5/64" (2mm) wide and up to 3/4" (20mm) deep. This is too deep for the door trim, so I made an aluminum collar to fit onto the mandrel which limits the cutter depth to 8mm.
The DremelTM tool with attached router base is held firmly onto the wardrobe wall and slowly worked around the opening. I found it best to cut only about 2mm depth per pass. Make sure the slot is centred in the thickness of the wall material.
Hammer one end into the slot so it will be hidden under a hinge. Then, about 4 or 5" (12cm) away, press the next section of the free edging into the slot - leaving a hump as shown. Now work from the free end (on the left in photo) towards the already fixed portion and hammer the hump down with a soft mallet or block of wood. Working in this manner prevents the trim from stretching as it is forced into the slot. If you just work continuously from the start to the end, the job will look great until the trim gets cold and shrinks away from the wood at the corners. By bunching it up a little first, you compress the trim along its length as you force it into the slot.
Fitting Opening Trim
This trick can be used as a fix for old cabinet trim that has pulled away from the corners. If you simply heat the trim and hammer or press it back into the corners, it will hold until it gets cold again, then pull right back out.
Remove the hinges, warm the trim a little and pull it out past the corners. Then bunch it and hammer it back in the slot, taking care to fill the corners. If the gap under one hinge is too big, cut the trim under the other hinge and work the other end of it around the other way leaving a second gap under the second hinge. Make sure the hinges go back in their correct location because the holes in the trim where the screws WERE, aren't where they will be now.
Because the door will be turned 180o, the hinges will be upside down. To reverse the hinges, simply knock out the pin from the hinge frame and drive it in from the other side. Likewise, drive the plug out of the door portion of the hinge and put it into the side.
Reversing a Hinge
Now that the trim is installed, it is time to fit the door to the opening. In the end, I discarded the spare door I had bought (it was brown) and used the plug cut out of the wardrobe. It had to be sized down to fit the opening. This meant sanding the edges down all around until there was at least a 1/8" (3mm) on every side. 1/16" (1.5mm) will be taken up by the trim to be fitted to the door, and the rest will be needed for the hinges and latch and room for the door to swing out of the opening. The flange on the door trim will cover about 5/16" (8mm), so make the gap wide enough the first time! Otherwise you will be removing the trim out of the opening and sanding more. Yes, there is a dark spot on the lower right corner - a 1/4" (6mm) hole where I started the jigsaw! If I had thought I would be using the cutout piece as the door, I would have used 3 small holes in line - which would have been sanded away.
I don't know how Westfaliawerke made those slots originally! I finally found a long shank dental burr in the DremelTM tool worked. I clamped a piece of angle iron to the door to ensure I made the slot parallel to the face of the door. Also make sure the slot is slightly off centre, towards the inside of the door, or the hinges will try to bend when the door is closed.
Slotting for Hinges
Warm the door edge trim just enough to follow the curves and fit the spline into the slot.
With a block of wood, hammer the spline into the slot. There is no need to try to compress it as was done with the opening edge trim. When the trim is completely fitted, drive a staple or nail through the trim ends to hold them firmly. If it does try to shrink it will not pull away from the corners - only tighter onto the door.
Fitting the Door Trim
When pulling the pop rivet up tight, if the door surface looks like it is cracking or caving in, just break off the rivet with out allowing the tool to finish pulling it till it "pops".