Guide to Building Cabinet Doors

When a person first enters his or her kitchen, one of the most eye-catching areas is the kitchen’s cabinet furniture. Large and strategically placed, cabinets are there to serve as storage areas and their appearance also helps homeowners express their personal design tastes; from vintage to contemporary. If desiring to update your kitchen’s overall appearance and design theme, changing cabinet doors is a good option. While this may provide a new design and décor theme, it can be a rather expensive task.

If willing to learn some basic cabinetry and craftsmen skills, building cabinet doors is a great money-saving option. This task allows handypersons to manufacture new cabinet doors at their own homes or workshops. While some cabinetmaking skills may need to be learned, this is an optimal way to do-it-yourself and save money.

Before starting your project, you will need to picture how the final product is going to look. Since there are a variety of woods craftsmen can choose, be sure to select one that is durable and has a straight grain. Also, if you want a lighter or darker finish, choose a wood that will provide you with an easy-to-prepare, natural finish. Should you just wish to keep the same wood as your existing cabinets, bring a sample with you to the lumber yard. To begin, you will need to use a router to create inside copes. This will allow ¼” plywood boards to be inserted into your newly-constructed, ¾” thick frames (with a width of your choice), and will eliminate the possibility of the frame having any gaps.

After choosing the perfect wood for your project, it is time to prepare the wood’s surface. Using a wood finishing plane, prepare the wood for your task. Wood planes can be purchased, rented or used-in store by lumberyard employees; to prepare a customer’s wood. The last option may require an additional fee but is a necessary requirement. Prepared wood now is ready to be worked with and will require the craftsmen to measure presently-used cabinet doors. Once measured, a frame will need to be constructed matching the measured door’s dimensions. Coping blade routers will need to make cuts on the frame’s underside. Located near the inside gap, the cope should have a ¼” length and a width that should be one-half of the frame’s width. After using the router, plywood can be cut and inserted into the frame; using an approved wood glue and/or short nails to secure it in place.

Once this process has been completed, it is now time to stain the cabinet doors and apply a high-gloss finish. After completely drying, all cabinet door hardware and knobs can be attached. Your new cabinet doors will then be ready to use!