Re: Thanks and Armoire Door Question
Wow...that is a big honkin piece of built-in!!! I'm wondering, aesthetically speaking, if that expanse of flat is a good idea? I'm no designer, for sure, but that does seem like a huge flat space. If it's a mudroom, it's going to be relatively focal to the home. Maybe not to visitors, depending on entry, but it will be to the family. One idea may be to use the edge-banding to create some visual break in the facade. Using a thicker piece there would also give you something to strengthen the panel. I don't have the level of experience to speak to the warping factor of plywood, but I'm thinking that with only 19" of lateral run, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. I know the grain needs to run vertical on that 80" height, but it might work out (if you're going to paint it) to run the grain horizontal. 1/4" ply doesn't have a lot of structural abilities no matter how you turn it, though!
1/2" ply with a decent edge band might work out best, considering the 80" of vertical expanse. I'll probably get shot down on my theories....which is fine. It's one way I learn!
By the way, if this is where they're planning on storing their winter coats and such, you might want to think about doubling the panel on the inside. Moisture from raincoats, melting snow, etc is going to play havoc with the wood anyway. High moisture content on the inside, low on the outside (especially in winter with heaters running) will tend to try to pull the moisture out. It would be a good idea to allow that moisture to easily move out of the armoire by leaving an air gap around the back of the door. In other words, don't fit the doors real tight to the frame. Use some rubber door-guards on the back side to give the doors a very thin air gap.
Anyway...just my .0002cents worth. I certainly hope I've been of some help. Hopefully someone with some *actual* knowlege will come along and straighten us out!
I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.