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hokieman

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10-14-2017 01:15 AM

We are remodeling our kitchen which will entail replacing all the cabinet doors. We are going with raised panel doors. Now, I could make them but we are talking about 32 doors. So I am considering ordering the doors from some of those on-line providers. I have never used one of these guys as I have always made my own raised panel doors but 32 of them may stretch the project out too long. So my question is has anyone had any experience in ordering “pre-made” doors and if so who did you order them from and what was the quality like. Thanks for any help you can provide.


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Rich

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#1 posted 10-14-2017 01:41 AM

Thirty-two doors is a lot, but think of the money you’ll save doing it yourself, and the quality difference on top of it. I made a spreadsheet calculator that allows me to enter the dimensions of a door and the width of the rails and stiles, and it returns all of the cuts needed. It takes into account the depth of the rails into the stiles. That allows me to mill up all of the parts for the doors and have them ready for glue up. For me, it’s the glue up that stretches the schedule out since I can only get two or three gluing at a time. Still, turning out 3 sets in a full working day means I could do 32 doors in less than a week.

Set up is the major factor in time to build a door. If you’re doing one, you have to set up the cope cuts, then the stick cuts, then glue up the panel and raise it. That takes time. If you’re milling parts for 32 doors, then you do one setup and cope 64 rails, another setup for 64 stiles, panel raise 32 panels and you’re ready for the clamps. You could get the rails and stiles ready in a few hours. The panels take more time since they’re glued, but once they’re ready you can do the panel raising in maybe 5 minutes per panel. Again, it’s the bit setup that takes time, routing them is a breeze.

Just label things carefully. I use lumber crayons and they sand right off.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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Loren

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#2 posted 10-14-2017 01:53 AM

I’ve done it and the results were acceptable.
For inset doors I think doing them yourself
would give a better result. Door shops edge
sand all the doors that come out and they can
get sanded a bit out of square, imo. Still
within the tolerances they promise though.

You’ll also get better grain matching doing them
yourself. If you outsource the sanding to a shop
with a wide belt that will save you a lot of time.

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cabmaker

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#3 posted 10-14-2017 10:33 AM

Give me a pm

Its a one day job.

I have shipped to both edges of the country

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rwe2156

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#4 posted 10-14-2017 12:47 PM

I’m am going to reface my kitchen with new doors and I will build them myself and they will be painted. But I can spray them and I can build them for around 10 bucks apiece.

So I agree with what rich ^ is saying but it depends on what style of door your building and what kind of wood. If its a solid cherry arched door with mouldings vs painted poplar, yes you can save a ton of money doing them yourself…..

BUT

IMO finishing is where you will get your money’s worth having them done commercially, especially if they are painted. Unless you have 1) the time, 2) spraying equip/expertise & 3) limited funds, I would shop around.

You can save a little money drilling for hinges and hardware yourself.

If you go that route, personally I recommend using a local cab shop. But I would also recommend checking with HD or Lowes you may be surprised at what you can get and the prices.

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

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#5 posted 10-14-2017 01:30 PM

I have 76 doors/5pc drawer fronts in my current kitchen build. I would have preferred to farm it all out even though I have have a shop set up for building cabinets.

32 doors on a (I assume) router table doesn’t sound fun.

It’s at least worth running the numbers. Figure out how much in material, and tooling will you have vs the price to farm it all out. The difference is what your time is worth.

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