How to Build Kitchen Cabinet Doors from Plywood

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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.

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Things you 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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    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.

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    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.

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

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    Carve designs into the doors if you choose.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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

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  • Be cautious when using power tools.

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