Thickness for large cabinet doors

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Forum topic by BetTheFarm posted 01-15-2017 09:15 PM 585 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2017 09:15 PM

Hello, I am planning to turn a spare bedroom into a closet/dressing room. I am going to build several large cabinets with 24” x 80” raised panel doors. I have made plenty of experience building kitchen cabinets, but none with doors this large. I am leaning towards making doors that are 1 1/8”or 1 1/4” thick. Can anyone advise on the best thickness for a door this size?

Also, the panels will likely be mdf. In the past, I have glued mdf panels for added stability. Is gluing acceptable for a larger door or is there a risk of cracking due to wood movement? I plan to use maple for the rails and stiles.

Thank you for any advice!

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#1 posted 01-15-2017 09:35 PM

I don’t think you have to go that thick but
1” is nice and if you want to go thicker I
don’t see why not. Straightness of the
stock is important with larger door frames.

The MDF should actually hold the doors in.
I would glue it in, personally.

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#2 posted 01-15-2017 09:41 PM

I would make the doors 3/4 or 1 inch for cabinets and no in would not glue the mdf into the stiles , just cut it to fit and it will do. Also if the door is 80 inches I would segment the panel into 2 or 3 peices and put rails in between. Make sure you uses several hinges per door depending on the weight. You might want to separate the built-ins to closet/ overhead storage depending on the design. I did this closet /dresser last year. Just take your time and plan it out. Good luck

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