Rebuilding Ash cabinet doors
We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen. As part of that, we stripped off two layers of really dark stain from the cabinets. The problem is that the doors are made of a solid ash frame with layers of really thin ash plywood front and back (hollow core construction). Because Hubby had to sand so much to get the stain off, there are now bare spots in the plywood area that just look bad. So, we need to rebuild the doors (don't have the budget for new ones).
The simplest option would be to chisel off the fronts, get new ash plywood and glue it back on. I'd rather not do this for multiple reasons.
What we're trying to come up with is a way to "build up" the center to create a door that we'll both like. What we're thinking is to do this:
strip off the front plywood (it's just glued on)
sand and rout the frame
insert regular plywood to build up the center
insert 1/4 or 1/8" ash plywood on top of the regular plywood
brad nails (?) to hold the panels in
find a thinnish trim piece to place inside the ash frame
We do have a couple of sacrificial doors to play with.
Is this doable?
Any other options?
Good source for ash?
You can kind of see the current construction here: