How to Make Cabinet Doors

Quick and Easy Steps of How to Make Cabinet Doors

There have been significant technological advancements that have increased our need for products to make our lives comfortable, and therefore storage has never been so in demand.

That’s why cabinets are an excellent addition to your house. Not only do they help to keep the house clean and free of mess and clutter, but they can also complement a room’s decor.

Cabinet doors determine the functionality of the cabinet and help to raise the aesthetics quotient of the interiors. Therefore, you need to ensure that it is in the best condition.

If you’re reading this, you’ll know the best way to ensure the doors are in the best condition is to make the doors yourself. It is essential to the overall performance of the cabinet to have a sturdy build before it’s given a final finish.

No matter the cabinet style, it can be easy to make its door. All you need to make the best cabinet door is the right set of power tools, appropriate material, and the right construction.

Here you can follow how to go ahead with the procedure of making cabinet doors. It will leave you feeling accomplished, and more importantly, you will love the new additional space in your home!

How to Make Cabinet Doors

What You Need to Make Cabinet Doors

Whether you’re a confident do-it-yourselfer or a professional cabinetmaker, it is essential having the best tools to make the best cabinet doors.

Acquiring the appropriate tools to entertain cabinetmaking will determine how successful the finished product is, and can be the difference between an efficient project or a shoddy job with misses in fits and alignments.

What You Need to Make Cabinet Doors

There are unique pieces on the market that can enhance your overall performance.

That said, for a standard cabinet door, you only really need the necessary tools.

You will need:

  • Table saw (large or small)
  • Sharpe blade
  • Miter gauge
  • Strong and sturdy wood

A table saw is needed because it consists of a circular saw blade, mounted on an arbor, and is driven by an electric motor. It is best suited to wood and doesn’t matter what size you have for the making of the doors.

A blade is also an essential piece to acquire, and bear in mind, the more teeth the blade has, the smoother the cut will be, which results in a tidier job.

You will need a miter gauge to hold workpieces at a set angle while cutting through the wood; this will bring precision to your cuts.

Plywood, an engineered wood that includes MDF (medium-density fiberboard) and particleboard, is an ideal wood that is solid and dependable, which is mostly used for cabinet doors.

Finding boards of 1×3/1×4 is the best choice. If you want a wood grain look to your cabinet door, it is worth noting that MDF is an excellent choice for a cabinet door’s surface.

Sizing Your Doors


The size of the cabinet door you make is important because it needs to be a perfect fit with an easy open and close, which is the primary function of the door.

There are usually set sizes for RDA (Ready-To-Assemble) cabinets and doors, which is why making your own can meet your needs, unlike any manufacturer in the industry.


It is recommended to make your doors 1/8 inches extra tall (so you can trim the ends after gluing), and it helps if you make a list of the parts of your cabinet doors before you begin.

To figure out the length of the styles (the vertical parts) is easy, as all you need to do is take the height of the door and add 1/8 inches.

On the other hand, finding out the length of the rails (horizontal parts) is met with difficulty. To begin, you will measure the total width of the two stiles placed together. Then subtract this number from the width of the door, then add 1/2 inches – which is the length of two tenons.

For optimal results, you’ll need at least two extra pieces of the same thickness as your rails and stiles to be used as a test. It’s best to cut the plywood panel (or other wood you choose to use) larger than needed at first, then rip it 1-inch wider than the length of the rails and 1-inch shorter than the length of the stiles.


Building a Panel Door With a Raised Panel

A raised panel cabinet door is a popular choice for people wanting to create the illusion of a bigger room, and are often chosen because of its sleek look.

Taking the time to follow some useful steps can make for a more stylish result.

If you’re looking to build a cabinet door with a raised panel, then you can check out the how-to below:

Building a Panel Door With a Raised Panel

Stiles and Rails

You will need stiles (vertical parts) and rails (horizontal parts) to form the borders of the central panel.

The material used is best when planed down to a width of 0.75-inches, and the stiles should be 0.5-inches more than the rails in diameter.

That said, the total width depends on your cabinet, of course.

The stiles should be the length of the door that you need on the outside.

The inside edge should be run through a router bit to form the bead or round-over.

The rails, too, need cutting according to the appropriate length. The length will be determined by the measurements of the outer edge styles to the start of the bead.

Difference between measurements

Now, find the difference between this measurement and the opening width, and you will get the length for your rail blanks.

Just like before, with the stiles, you will need to run the edge on the inside through the router.

You will then need to convert the bit into a stick or coping bit for a secure fit between the rails and the stiles before the rail ends are run through the bit.

The central panel’s measurement will be determined by finding out the length from the edge to the bead’s start.

Then, find the difference between this measurement and the total dimension of the door. The door panel’s width should be about 0.25 inches.

Keep in mind that you need to leave space for the expansion and contraction of the material. This width is usually the same as that of the saw blade.

Putting the parts together

It’s time to put all the parts together and complete the door. For this assembly process, you will need to apply glue to the inside of the stile at the point where it meets the rail and adds rail tenon to it.

Next, add Spaceballs of rubber to the groove, using a router bit, and then install the panel.

At this point, you will need to cover the slide tenon with glue and insert the next stile, before all the pieces are put together.

Once the glue is dry, give the door the finish of your choice.

Staying Savvy

How to Save Money in Making Cabinet Doors

When buying or making anything, you will find there are expensive and lower-cost products to assist your project.

Before you commence your project, it is wise to confirm your budget and know how much you can invest in tools to create the best cabinet doors with your means without breaking the bank.

Lucky for you, there is a range of tools out there to entertain various budgets and purposes.

How to Save Money in Making Cabinet Doors

When you’re making your cabinet doors, you can give the desired makeover to your cabinet without burning a hole in your wallet.

With appropriately priced items, you will be able to make the most of your budget.

A way to save money is going for self-closing hinges instead of hidden hinges, which are typically the pricier hinges on the market.

Instead of consuming oil-rubbed bronze latches and hinges, you can always use spray-paint as a finish instead. There are video tutorials of how to best use spray-paint when making cabinet doors.

Remember that the key to having fun while making cabinet doors is simplicity. Even the addition of trims can make your cabinet door look fantastic.

You can give a whole new look to your cabinet, without the process of spending a large chunk of cash!


With a crowded market for storage solutions and power tools, it can be challenging to know how to make cabinet doors.

By following this guide, you should be able to feel confident in your next cabinet door project and produce results that make your level of expertise soar higher.

Whether you find it tough or to be a breeze, you will feel the benefits of making your cabinet doors. You will save money, and you will feel accomplished knowing you did it yourself.

We hope you can take from this guide and have new-found confidence to get stuck in with your next project.

If you need more information, there are plenty of videos online to help give you a visual understanding of what to do.

Thank you for reading, and best of luck with making your cabinet!

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