How to Build Kitchen Cabinet Doors from Plywood

Updated July 20, 2017

Cabinetry can be expensive in today's economy, depending on the brand and style. If you are building a house or just redoing a kitchen, building your own kitchen cabinets saves you money. Making cabinet doors from plywood is a simple task, but it can get more involved if you want to go further and carve designs into them.

First, it is important to determine the appropriate thickness of plywood you need for the doors. As a general rule, if you plan on carving designs into each door, use 3/4-inch plywood. Use 1/2-inch plywood for smooth-surface doors.

Start by measuring the length and width of the opening each door will cover. Add 1 inch to both measurements, because the doors need to extend 1/2 inch on all sides past the opening they cover.

Transfer the measurements onto the plywood and cut out the rectangular or square piece for each door.

Carve designs into the doors if you choose.

Sand all rough edges off the doors. Apply wood stain or paint of your choice and allow to dry.

Attach two hinges on the side of each door that will be mounted to the cabinet using 3/8-inch screws. Screw them to the door according to the directions included with them.

Attach a handle or knob to each door. If a door will be high up, it is a good idea to place it at the bottom of the door.

Hang each door by attaching the hinges to the cabinet in the appropriate position.


Be cautious when using power tools.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 or 3/4-inch high-quality smooth-finish plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Sander
  • Wood stain or paint
  • 3/8-inch wood screws
  • 1 handle or knob per door
  • 2 hinges per door
  • Screwdriver
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