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Forum topic by brianlsu43 posted 02-16-2010 03:57 PM 1046 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2010 03:57 PM

I plan to build a few cabinet doors using some spanish cedar I have left over from another project. I intend to place these in my garage.

My plan is to glue and pocket screw the 5” boards together. I will then cut them to size and route the edges. I don’t intend to build a frame.

My question is….will this method hold up without bending or warping? Or do I need to build a frame around the doors?

Thanks for your help.

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#1 posted 02-16-2010 04:26 PM

Your current plan the will most likely warp/bow/twist. Spanish cedar is a stable wood but its still wood. How wide are the doors ? How about 3/4’’ MDF you can still route the edges and it would be the most stable slab door you could make the only down fall is it dosent look as good as spanish cedar but it is only your garage. If I were doing this it would be MDF or a 5pc stile and rail door.

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#2 posted 02-16-2010 04:34 PM

I would build a frame. I agree with JD. They will most likely do all of the above.


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#3 posted 02-16-2010 07:28 PM

You can use battens across the back of a solid wood door to help control movement if you want a slab door without having to buy any mdf or make a 5 part door. Also, there is no need to pocket screw boards together that are glued long grain to long grain, unless you don’t have any clamps.

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