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Analyze your options

Analyze your options

Our door consists of a veneered plywood panel surrounded by a solid frame. The panel "raises" when we apply a second plywood panel framed with molding. If you'll paint your doors, substitute medium-density fiberboard (MDF) for the solid stock and birch-veneer plywood for a glass-smooth finish.

After choosing your materials, pick a profile for the frame and raised panel. Create your own, or get ideas from doors at your local home center. Or, try one of our shop-tested profiles shown below, any of which you can make using the techniques described here.

Base your door dimensions on the size of the cabinet opening. Because our overlay door overlaps the opening on all four sides, we'll make it 1" longer and wider (1/2" on each side) than the opening.



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Comments (11)
bmarion5 wrote:

When I try to download with the link (Raised-Panel Doors illustrations) I get"web page not found".

8/17/2014 08:16:19 PM Report Abuse
bhackett420 wrote:

No popups here. Never had popups from this site. Thanks for the great cabinet tips!

8/15/2014 02:26:30 PM Report Abuse
racmsc wrote:

I use Firefox and do not get the pop-ups. I suspect you Chrome users are being spammed by Google.

8/14/2014 08:26:23 PM Report Abuse
bleray wrote:

My Ad Blocker blocked 15 pop ups on this page. other users of Google Chrome - search for AD BLOCK Advisor in the Chrome store. it's free and it works.

8/14/2014 02:54:44 PM Report Abuse
sschmidt21001 wrote:

Can someone look into the link malfunction for the detailed illustrations?

2/17/2014 06:56:30 AM Report Abuse
tommandkay wrote:

An interesting idea. Something worth consideration. The continual pop ups make viewing very difficult and frustrating. One maybe or even two, but if I say no, asking five more times isn't likely to change my mind.

1/31/2014 10:32:52 PM Report Abuse
vfreeck wrote:

I agree we can not all afford router bit kits to do raised panel and this one easy way, I like using cove bits on solid stock for a lesser cost

1/31/2014 03:15:02 PM Report Abuse
racmsc wrote:

Sorry, that is one butt-ugly door.

1/30/2014 11:34:58 PM Report Abuse
jfiffik wrote:

I too appreciate tips on other ways to do things. Making the panels from rough-cut lumber is the cost and time killer on doors. I think I will try this method on some doors in my shop.

1/30/2014 11:46:44 AM Report Abuse
gary_knotts wrote:

I use raised panel bits too but we must keep in mind that not all woodworkers can afford the high priced bits. You do the best you can with what you have. I appreciate tips that can keep the costs of woodworking down.

1/30/2014 11:23:46 AM Report Abuse
Barkuslives wrote:

I bought raised panel bits and can crank out doors way faster than this complex process. You non stop pop ups have me seriously thinking of unsubscribing.

1/30/2014 11:10:43 AM Report Abuse

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