This post will show a you how to make beautiful kitchen cabinet doors. If your kitchen needs updating, you can update the doors of your cabinets and save money. New cabinet doors can transform the look of your kitchen without replacing the entire cabinets.
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.
How to Make Kitchen Cabinet Doors
- 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)
Tools we used
The clamp. It acts like 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.
Time to cut
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. If you can’t visualize the cuts, draw them on a piece of paper first.
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 trim 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.
Attach the trim:
- We use wood glue to fasten the trim and finishing nails to attach the trim to your naked door.
Building your own cabinet doors will save you a lot of money, however I wouldn’t recommend it for your first DIY project. Make sure you have the proper tools and safety precautions before attempting this project. If you are looking for an beginner kitchen makeover project try painting your kitchen cabinets, for an easy and inexpensive update.
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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.
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