How to make beaded cabinet doors

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How to make beaded cabinet doors
Bead moulding adds texture to the edge of this cabinet panel. (door detail image by Dubravko Grakalic from

Beading is a type of trim that is used in carpentry to add detail to furniture or cabinets. The bead itself is 1/4 to 3/8-inch board whose profile on the view side is completely rounded. There are beading tools that work like routers to create the rounded end, and bead moulding is often available at home improvement stores. Beading can be inserted into cabinet openings or onto the face of cabinet doors. Usually the beading is attached using carpenter's glue and brads.

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Things you need

  • Cabinet door frame
  • Mitre saw
  • Table saw
  • Carpenter's glue
  • Brads
  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Bead moulding
  • 1/4-inch wood panel

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  1. 1

    Build a cabinet door frame. Rebate the inside back corner of all four frame pieces 1/4-inch deep by 3/8-inch. This will allow you to install a door panel after constructing the door frame. Construct your frame using 3/8-inch full width mortise-and-tenon joints. Add carpenter's glue to the joints and clamp. Allow the glue to dry completely.

  2. 2

    Rip your bead moulding to 1/2-inch width. Measure the inside width of the door frame and mitre cut your bead moulding 1/32 inch longer than your measurement. Use a 45-degree mitre angle.

  3. 3

    Apply a line of carpenter's glue along the inside face of the cabinet door frame.

  4. 4

    Bend the bead moulding slightly and insert it into the corners. Press the moulding into the glue and finish with brad nails every 6 inches. Repeat for the other inside face edges.

  5. 5

    Cut a 1/4-inch-thick panel to fit the back routed opening. Glue and nail in place with small brads.

Tips and warnings

  • Wipe off excess glue immediately. Use wood fill to fill nail holes and sand and finish using the style of finish you want.

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