The following is a post from Lana (like banana).
This post will show a you a few skills needed to make beautiful cabinet doors for the kitchen or any cabinet.
Most people might not need NEW doors but just need an updated look. Look at how we glazed kitchen cabinets before we decided to expand our kitchen. It was easy, fast, and cheap but without a “cheap” look.
For the rest of us – who NEED to start from scratch, here are some instructions.
Please note: We are not professionals. We do what works for us. Please keep that in mind…thanks.
- 3/4 inch cabinet grade pine plywood (For the Door)
- 1 x 2 inch select pine (Trim)
- Wood Glue (We use Elmers.)
- 1 inch Brad Nails (To hold in place while drying.)
- Table Saw, Power Saw, and Miter Saw (You can rent these for a day or buy them and remodel your whole house.)
Measure Measure and Measure again.
Measure your opening for your cabinet door. We allowed an 1/8 inch gap (on all sides) between the door and the opening. If you are having trouble understanding – go look at a hardware store and look at their cabinets. Studying other’s work will give insight and understanding.
For a totally frugal project call around and get prices for wood. Cabinet wood varies from place to place. Even when you do find an inexpensive price look at each piece of wood. Some could be warped or split in shipping. We had to really seek good material on our last shopping trip.
There are two ways to cut wood.
- With the grain (Ripping)
- Against the grain (Cross-cut)
- The clamp. It can act like as an extra hand.
- A chalk box that makes a blue chalk line. It makes perfect lines with a pop of string. I love playing with these things!
- A circular saw. This tool can be used for so many other projects. If you are a DIYer it would be worth the expense to add one to your collection.
- An extra 1 x 2 board. It also serves as a guide or “fence” when cutting a straight line.Now it is time to cut. You might want to measure one more time. I mean it. It is NOT wasting time to be sure.
Using your measurements start cutting the wood. Plan ahead to get the most out of your wood. It is like scrapbooking. Use the sheets of wood to get the most doors possible. You can use a sheet of paper to practice on if needed.
Now your door needs some trim. There are different thoughts on trim.
- Buy it pre-made.
- Be adventurous and make your own. (We are in this group.) This is for the more experienced wood cutters. Once you master this you are a star!
Make a notch in your wood to fit around the door. That is an easy sentence to write but not so easy to make. If you are unsure of this process, please, please, please ask questions at your local hardware store. Mistakes can cost a lot of money.
- Use a table saw blade to cut a 1 x 2 x 8 - 1 inch deep and 3/8 inch wide – cut 2 boards with the board being vertical.
- Then set the table saw blade to cut 3/8 inch deep and 1/2 inch wide – cut the same 2 boards while they are laying flat.
Attaching the trim:
- We use wood glue to fasten the trim and finishing nails to attach the trim to your naked door.
Are you going to try this? Let me know how it goes!
Disclaimer: This post is designed to use common sense. Fingers do NOT grow back – so don’t cut them off. Power tools have lots of power. This author and website are not responsible for anything that might happen during a DIY project. If you feel you need more explanation please ask in the comments or ask your local hardware store professionals. By the way, we are not professional builders – we do what works for us and it saves us MUCHO money by not hiring someone else.