Reclaimed Glass Cabinet doors wavey glass

Building a China Cabinet Part TWO

Building Simulated Divided Light Doors

I used Glen Huey’s technique for the doors’ muntins. He covers this technique in a few of his books, and also in an article on his website. Click Here to read his instructions for this topic. I have no affiliation with him, or his buisness. I’m just a fan.


I cut the rabbets for the glazing before the door was assembled. I used stopped rabbets instead of rabbets with offset shoulders.I used Dominoes for the joints between the rails and stiles, and I cut the mortises for the muntins with a 1/4″ mortise chisel.


After the Door was assembled, I used the Kreg Concealed Hinge Jig to drill for the doors’ hinges. DSC00121

Cutting Glass for the Cabinet Doors.



I was inspired to use reclaimed glass after reading an article by Steve Latta in the Sept/October 2016 issue of Fine Woodworking. If you are interested, you can read the article here. I purchased these old Windows on Craigslist. They came from a 19th century house in Mount Holly New Jersey.  The glass is slightly wavy and has a slight greenish tint. I find the irregularities in old glass to be pleasing. I begin the process of removing the glass by cutting apart the joint between the rail and the stile.


After removing the rail, I gently remove each piece of glass from the old window. Next, I begin the process of cutting the glass to the sizes needed for my cabinet doors. First, I mark each piece of glass with a marker. Then I use a square to help guide my glass cutter on the mark I made in the first step. Once the glass has been sufficiently scored, I snap off the waste. I’ve found that pliers are very useful when removing small amounts of glass. I’m not an expert when it comes to working with glass. After a few failures, I adjusted my scoring technique and I was satisfied with the outcome.

After each piece of glass has been cut to it’s final size, we clean each piece with dish detergent, warm water and razor blades. It’s a good idea to remove most of the grime, and the old glazing putty before you assemble your new glass doors. I prefer to do most of the cleaning after the glass has been cut to it’s final size.


After the doors have been finished, I bed each piece of glass in a thin layer of silicone, and I secure everything with wood retaining strips, and 23 gauge nails.

In part 3 of this article, I’ll discuss the molding I used on this cabinet.

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