Raised Panel Door Tools And Techniques

Here’s a reminder of what the kitchen looked like during our initial walk-through with the plain plywood cabinet doors, tan walls and frig shoved randomly into the former pantry next to the stove. The cabinet door that I am interested in is a flat panel with very little detail – almost Shaker but with a small beading around the panel. Because of its density, MDF does not move independently from the frame and the inserted panel does not need to float like the conventional five-piece solid wood door. At the other end of the spectrum, the full overlay door is used most often on contemporary, especially frameless European style cabinets. Cut along the pencil line on each door with the jigsaw to make the opening for the inserts. Lay the hinges between the two outer boards and the edge of the hole in the cabinet. When your design work is done, make a list of all the doors and sizes you’ll need.

I run a joinery shop where we make custom fitted furniture for public institutions like schools and hospitals. This versatile range of aluminium frames and door inserts for kitchen cabinet doors is the largest in Australia and most of the range is exclusive. Our custom aluminum frame doors are made to our customers’ specifications and include all functional and decorative hardware borings. Mark where you want your cabinet pulls to go and drill holes, then attach the pulls using included screws. To make the drawer faces, Ben cut pieces of 1/2 inch MDF to the overall size for each drawer.

Our mix has a 3/4 inch reveal the width of visible cabinet face on all outside edges, but the drawers nearly touch each other. Cabinet drawers are predominantly made from the same materials that are used to construct the cabinet cases such as particle board, MDF, plywood and solid wood. This method is more time consuming and expensive that routing the door out of one piece of MDF. Bore a pair of pocket-screw holes at the end of each door rail, then drive the screws.

This Shaker-style cabinet door has a center panel of corrugated metal instead of wood for an industrial and utilitarian look that can stand up to years of abuse. Most quality combination and ripping blades will have flat topped teeth on them also and will make good candidates for building cabinet doors with stub tenons and grooves. Raise the blade so that the teeth just penetrate the opposite side of the panel. Doing so will help you determine the door sizes and give you a feel for what the doors will look like. The size of the cabinet doors will depend on several factors including: overlay type, single door vs paired doors and the hinge type.

Because my dado’s were 1/2″ deep, I made the panel 7/8″ wider and taller (7/16″ on both sides). The only problem was I had 2 doors that I no longer needed and didn’t know what to do with them for sure, until I had the idea to turn them into a picture display. Once this has been completed your unfinished cabinet doors are sent to a final sanding station in order to complete the sanding process on the end grains.


When you’re ready to get started making your own frame and panel doors, you’ll find all of the best-quality door making tools, equipment and supplies at Rockler. The center panel of the cabinet doors in this style are made to look like traditional beadboard paneling. Make sure to check that your miter gauge is perfectly square with the miter slot. Its hard lines and minimalist form make it a great fit for contemporary and modern interiors.

Incidentally, you can construct a custom kitchen cabinet to fit any space, rather than the small individual sections joined as with purchased cabinetry. If you go the supply center route, make sure the lumber you buy is straight with no twists or cupping. And of all the things I’ve made, this is the thing I’m most proud of. If I need to cut a different size groove, you bet I’m gonna make another. Then swinging the door to the side pulls out two more shelves that were hidden in the corner.

In traditional kitchens we often install louvers or slats to ventilate the cabinet. Using a router, make a tongue and groove system for the frame pieces to fit together. When glued together, the resulting joint will have sufficient strength for most cabinet door applications without further reinforcement. I have two kitchen cabinet doors that need to be cut shorter by several inches to accommodate the new microwave. For the bottom cabinets, skip the under frame all together and just build the top frame straight to the base.

These type of doors are more suitable for paint grade projects or projects where the back of the door is hidden because there’s a ton of pocket holes on the back, that of course I fill with plugs or wood filler. Do not apply glue to the door panel because we want that to float” and not be subject to stresses from shrinkage and expansion of the wood door frames.

Cut and paint thin keeper strips to hold the glass in place, positioning them against the glass and securing them to the wooden door with small brads and a brad pusher. A miter gauge set at an angle that’s even slightly off 90 degrees will cause incorrectly cut rail ends and make square, close-fitting joints virtually impossible. You can shave either the door or the frame, depending upon which will be least visible. Melamine – another plastic-based product that’s also used to cover cabinet surfaces.

While all-white beadboard cabinetry can give your kitchen a bright and clean feel, all the little cracks and crevasses on this door style can be a pain to keep clean. It’s a popular material for covering particle board panels that are used in making cabinet boxes. There are four basic types of door mounting options: Inset, Lipped, Partial Overlay and Full Overlay.

Be sure that the template is square with the edge of the panel, and that it’s placed so that you’ll end up – after rough-cutting the arch – with a piece that’s 1/4′ or so longer than the finished panel height you’ve calculated. My existing cabinets are about and inch and a half wide at the coved out panel edge to end of cove on raised part but I do not see any coved panel bits that meet that criteria. Use a stick bit to along the edges of the stiles to make a groove for the rails to fit in. Dry fit everything to make sure the frame is evenly cut.