How do you make cabinet doors?


Quick Answer

To make cabinet doors, measure the cabinet holes, cut the wood to the right width, fashion the stiles, fashion the rails, cut the panels and assemble the doors. Making each door takes about one hour and requires lumber, a table saw, a miter saw, a router table, wood glue, clamps and a measuring tape.

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  1. Measure the cabinet holes

    Take precise measurements of each cabinet opening, and determine if cabinet opening is square. If an opening is not perfectly square, add 1/8 inch to the measurement for that door.

  2. Cut the wood

    Rip the wood pieces down to the appropriate width for the side pieces of the door face, referred to as stiles. Do the same for the top and bottom pieces of the door face, which are referred to as rails.

  3. Make the stiles

    Use a router table and router set to shape the edges of the stiles, and cut the slot for the panel. Cut all the stiles to the appropriate length for the doors.

  4. Make the rails

    Use the router set to shape the edges of the rails and to cut the joint shape on the ends of the rails. Also, cut a slot for the panel in the rails.

  5. Cut the panels

    Put the rails and stiles together to form the shape of the door temporarily. Measure the frames, and cut the panels to size for each door.

  6. Assemble the doors

    Use wood glue to assemble the doors. Put together one rail with the two stiles. Slide in the panel, and finish by attaching the final rail. Use clamps to help the doors dry in place.

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