Can't figure out how to tackle these cabinet doors

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by mikethedad posted 09-21-2016 12:17 PM 550 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View mikethedad's profile


1 post in 36 days

09-21-2016 12:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: beadboard wainscot question router carving tool cabinets

So my wife and I are wanting to refinish these cabinet doors and ultimately would like to give them the beadboard look and sand/paint them. I (crummily) drew lines in Paint on the one on the left to show what it may look like with the lines cut in.

I am new to woodworking, so was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to make these grooves. My thoughts are possibly using a plunge router with 1/8 in bit and go line by line using a rail to keep it straight.

Any thoughts?

11 replies so far

View bondogaposis's profile


3972 posts in 1774 days

#1 posted 09-21-2016 12:37 PM

I think it would be easier to make new cabinet doors.

-- Bondo Gaposis

View Logan Windram's profile

Logan Windram

289 posts in 1885 days

#2 posted 09-21-2016 12:38 PM

A few thoughts. Those doors might have been done on a CNC, even though that style door is from the early eighties/ late seventies. Also, those are probably covered in plastic laminate, which means without a chemical etching agent in your paint, it is prone to peel.

But yes, I’d use a router and a v-groove bit… If you’re doing a bunch of theses doors not all the same size, clamping a guide down and good layout lines would do the trick. Make sure your bit is sharp, you want a clean cut on the laminate.

View Logan Windram's profile

Logan Windram

289 posts in 1885 days

#3 posted 09-21-2016 12:39 PM

Yeah, probably this would be much easier…

I think it would be easier to make new cabinet doors.

- bondogaposis

View Logan Windram's profile

Logan Windram

289 posts in 1885 days

#4 posted 09-21-2016 12:40 PM

Yeah, probably this would be much easier… You could reface the old cabinet boxes, even just paint them, and do some new full overlay doors with new hinges.

I think it would be easier to make new cabinet doors.

- bondogaposis

- Logan Windram

View rwe2156's profile


2126 posts in 904 days

#5 posted 09-21-2016 01:18 PM

Good chance you won’t be too happy with whats underneath – maybe particle board. If its MDF you’ll be ok.

That being said, +1 to what bondo said + is it really worth the effort?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

View johnstoneb's profile


2105 posts in 1596 days

#6 posted 09-21-2016 02:08 PM

If you are going to paint them it doesn’t really matter what is underneath. Go the router and v groove method. you can always make new doors if you don’t like the results.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

View GR8HUNTER's profile


1000 posts in 135 days

#7 posted 09-21-2016 02:53 PM

DO NOT PAINT WOOD even fake wood LOL
I’m sure would be easier to make new 1s
if you decide to rout them you better be perfect on layout …. I notice your sample is off
Welcome 2 LJ’s


View jbay's profile (online now)


707 posts in 322 days

#8 posted 09-21-2016 03:20 PM

A good jig and they will be a piece of cake!
For a conceptual idea!

-- Many times my “MO” involves Judging others, playing God, acting as LJs law enforcement, and never admitting any of my ideas could possibly wrong or anyone else's idea could possibly be correct.--

View jwmalone's profile


769 posts in 125 days

#9 posted 09-21-2016 03:55 PM

If you do make new ones or groove the existing ones, ive used that little jig Jbay posted and it works like a charm. Or you can use a Stanley #45 :) I haven’t used mine yet (probably not a good idea). but either way your wife will be impressed with your manliness, you know what that means….......... yep home made biscuits.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

View BurlyBob's profile


3485 posts in 1688 days

#10 posted 09-21-2016 05:15 PM

That jig is a winner but I tend to agree with bondo!

View Cooler's profile


216 posts in 266 days

#11 posted 09-21-2016 06:29 PM

There are people who make router patterns for cabinet doors. You might find something here:

But frankly that style of door went out of fashion about 30 or 40 years ago. Are you sure you want to invest that labor in a dated design?

If the cabinets are in good shape then I would go with new doors and paint.

Or if you want a cheap solution, fill the groves and add some molding to dress it up and paint.

-- This post is a hand-crafted natural product. Slight variations in spelling and grammar should not be viewed as flaws or defects, but rather as an integral characteristic of the creative process.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics