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Forum topic by k1ngkev1n1 posted 01-19-2017 12:30 AM 1335 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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k1ngkev1n1

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01-19-2017 12:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet doors plywood kitchen cheap budget hinges weight question

Im not sure if this is the correct forum, but this is the just of it. I got a condo that had no cabinet doors… I dont have the money to buy custom doors (well over 1000$), so i was thinking of just getting plywood cut to size for each door add edge banding and paint them white. I have a couple of questions and forgive me for being such a novice at this stuff i am really just in a bind…

1) which type of ply wood should i use?(any links would be great) I am located in Los angeles so homedepot is readily available, additionally there is a local plywood place called anderson plywood (i would imagine costs more money there). I dont need that many cabinet doors all of then can be made on two sheets of plywood.

2)Also I would assume the plywood place would make better more precise cuts then say home depot?

3) I was looking at these hinges

https://www.amazon.com/Amerock-TEN3429ORB-Self-Closing-Variable-Overlay/dp/B003FMVJOG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1484781325&sr=8-2&keywords=cabinet+self+closing+hinge

And didnt see a maximum weight for how many hinges i nee don each door anyway to figure this out?

Sorry for all the questions just looking to get some answers and try to finally get some cabinet doors on and doesn’t have to be fancy at all… its been over 4 months since i got the condo.


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bbasiaga

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#1 posted 01-19-2017 12:43 AM

Two hinges for a cabinet door are fine, assuming standard kichen cabinet sizes and not some huge floor to ceiling pantry.

Look for some pre-sanded cabinet grade plywood. out here in Indiana, home depot has none of this but Menards does. You could also consider getting a nice white melamine. You may have to go online for white edge banding, but its out there.

Home Depot doesn’t really like to cut sheets in to finished project pieces. They will break a board down to get it in your car, but that’s about it, at least out here. You may be able to pay a small fee at a more specialty place to break it down for you in to your finished dimensions.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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k1ngkev1n1

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#2 posted 01-19-2017 12:57 AM

Thank you for your response and forgive me again. Is melamine like compressed wood? And there are places you can take your sheets of wood to be cut accurately. Also to find a specialty place what should i search on yelp (again so sorry for these dumb questions).

all my doors are no larger then 30 inches high and 24 inches wide. with exception of 2 doors one is 65” tall and 15” wide and 65 inches and 24” wide.


Two hinges for a cabinet door are fine, assuming standard kichen cabinet sizes and not some huge floor to ceiling pantry.

Look for some pre-sanded cabinet grade plywood. out here in Indiana, home depot has none of this but Menards does. You could also consider getting a nice white melamine. You may have to go online for white edge banding, but its out there.

Home Depot doesn t really like to cut sheets in to finished project pieces. They will break a board down to get it in your car, but that s about it, at least out here. You may be able to pay a small fee at a more specialty place to break it down for you in to your finished dimensions.

Brian

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#3 posted 01-19-2017 01:13 AM

WE already used MDO then took small trim around it just like a panel would be …...turned out pretty nice …....plus MDO is water resistant …...and paints very very well …........GOOD LUCK :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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k1ngkev1n1

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#4 posted 01-19-2017 01:19 AM

Did you cut the doors yourself? I have a circular saw and miter saw, but no table saw. Having troubling finding a place to make accurate cuts for me and preferably be able to but the materials from the same spot too.


WE already used MDO then took small trim around it just like a panel would be …...turned out pretty nice …....plus MDO is water resistant …...and paints very very well …........GOOD LUCK :<))

- GR8HUNTER


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#5 posted 01-19-2017 02:55 AM

I went over someones house to look at a faucet they wanted installed. To my surprise they had cardboard taped together for a missing cabinet door with white duct tape and trimmed out the edges with silver duct tape. Reminded me of a Canadian Comedy The Red and Green Show. LINK

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 01-19-2017 04:47 AM



MDO then took small trim around it just like a panel would be …...turned out pretty nice …....plus MDO is water resistant …...and paints very very well …........GOOD LUCK :<))

- GR8HUNTER

+1 MDO

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k1ngkev1n1

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#7 posted 01-19-2017 05:09 AM

you can get MDO from home depot right?

i saw that the local plywood dealer has them i believe

https://www.andersonplywood.com/428/melamine-sheets-shelves/

thats it right?>

MDO then took small trim around it just like a panel would be …...turned out pretty nice …....plus MDO is water resistant …...and paints very very well …........GOOD LUCK :<))

- GR8HUNTER

+1 MDO

- Rick M


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#8 posted 01-19-2017 05:15 AM

MDO MEDIUM DENSITY OVERLAY

https://www.andersonplywood.com/395/mdo-medium-density-overlay/

Try this one ^^

Make sure you get the 2 sided ones.

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#9 posted 01-19-2017 11:48 AM

I’d bet Anderson would cut to size for you too

The lumber yards in my area who sell cabinet grade ply will make happily make as many cuts as needed (each cut over the first is a couple bucks)

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#10 posted 01-19-2017 02:16 PM

My current cabinet doors have poplar rails and styles with 1/4” HDF panels. Once painted, looks nice.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#11 posted 01-19-2017 02:21 PM

The router bits I used were from mlcs.com. I made my own router table out of plywood and 2×4s and a top from mlcs or Rockler that has the router inset plate.

If you have the money, the Freud door bits are very nice.

The cabinets are plywood – 3/4 sides and 1/2” backs. The drawers are all poplar and hand dovetailed. The biggest investment were the under mount soft close drawer runners.

The counter tops are solid cherry – hand planed (couldn’t find anyone that could plane or sand the tops)

Hinges are the euro hinges – a pain with face plate recessed doors.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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k1ngkev1n1

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#12 posted 01-19-2017 04:37 PM

Awesome i called and they are 78.99 a sheet (for 3/4 inch width is that a good width for cabinet doors?). doesnt seem too bad. So just want to make sure i have the process correct. Get the sheets cut to correct sizes of doors (1/2 inch larger then cabinet openings from what i read). Apply edge banding to them (lightly trim and fit thickness and lightly sand). Paint them. apply hardware and install.. am i missing anything?


MDO MEDIUM DENSITY OVERLAY

https://www.andersonplywood.com/395/mdo-medium-density-overlay/

Try this one ^^

Make sure you get the 2 sided ones.

- waho6o9


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k1ngkev1n1

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#13 posted 01-19-2017 04:38 PM

wow those look great! I dont think ihave the experience or space to make those cabinet doors. I just have a 1 bedroom condo in los angeles. Neighbors would not be happy with constant woodworking going on in my unit lol.

But when i get a house i definatly want to have a workshop/garage to be able to get into woodworking more in depth.


My current cabinet doors have poplar rails and styles with 1/4” HDF panels. Once painted, looks nice.

- dbray45


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k1ngkev1n1

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#14 posted 01-19-2017 04:41 PM

did you use edge banding on the doors before painting? any photos? sorry for the inconvenience.


WE already used MDO then took small trim around it just like a panel would be …...turned out pretty nice …....plus MDO is water resistant …...and paints very very well …........GOOD LUCK :<))

- GR8HUNTER


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#15 posted 01-19-2017 04:44 PM

Price out already made cheap doors. You might be surprised the cost is not much more than cutting, hauling, painting, sanding, finishing your own.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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