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Posted on How do you make and install perfect cabinets/cabinet doors?

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 10-27-2008 02:56 PM

You have just discovered first-hand the reason why cabinets with full-inset doors are so much more expensive than cabinets with overlay doors. The level of precision required is significantly higher. You said you were going inset and your cabinets were within 1/16 and I winced – then you said the doors were also within 1/16 and I cringed!

I’ve never built frameless cabinets with inset doors, so I’m sure there are some unique challenges there. For face-frame cabinets, I build the face frames first and make sure they are absolutely square. Then I build my doors about 1/16 too big and use a panel sled on the table saw to trim them perfectly square. I always mount them with adjustable hinges – either cup hinges, or no-mortise butt hinges.

I’m sorry you had such a time of it, but just think of all the experience you gained!

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