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04-10-2012 12:04 AM

Hey all, recently my uncle bought a house but the cabinet doors in the kitchen were a mess, some missing, some broken…..so we are going to build new doors to replace them. He wants very very basic doors, he is going to be painting them. Since he’s painting them I’m wondering which type of wood to use for the frame and if it’s possible to use mdf for the panel? I’m not opposed to doing a raised panel with the mdf if that’s possible. Or just a 1/4” piece of mdf to fit in the frame. Sorry I know I sound like an idiot but I’ve never done this before and want to make sure i have the best info possible.


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#1 posted 04-10-2012 12:07 AM

Poplar or maple will paint well. I dont see any reason you couldnt use mdf or plywood (for flat panels).

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#2 posted 04-10-2012 11:46 AM

u can buy solid mdf doors that look like raised panal..just have to know what type of hinge u r using ROYS CABINET SHOP in camden s.c. is one place i know of ..may b someone closer to u…do some checking.

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 07:13 PM

I’m not looking to buy the doors I’m going to build them, I just wanted to know if it was possible after more research I see people do use mdf panels in their doors.

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#4 posted 04-10-2012 07:32 PM

I’d use MDF for the panels and maple for the frame.

For flat panel door I’d do something like this. If you don’t mind the panel being proud on the back you could use 1/2 which is easier to find. Personally I don’t think 1/4’’ in thick enough.

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#5 posted 04-10-2012 07:32 PM

I used MDF for a lot of doors. It works well, it is heavy and you fill the routed edges with a few coats of paint. They do sell a door grade of MDF. it is more dense the standard MDF. I used this on the set of doors for a built in cabinet and it still needed a few coats of paint to fill the routed area of the raised panel. Not a big problem.

The purchased door might be cheaper than you can build them. Might want to check the prices. I had all the doors and drawers made for my kitchen, they were cheaper than I could by the maple stock.

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#6 posted 04-10-2012 08:10 PM

If I’m mistaken just let me know but Im not sure why I can’t just use pine. It’s cheap and I know it’s soft but someone suggested poplar. Besides I doubt they’re going to be banging they’re doors around so I’m not quite sure why not to use pine.

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#7 posted 04-10-2012 08:17 PM

If price is you main goal, like someone said you can probably buy them cheaper than you can make them.

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 08:28 PM

The problem with pine is finding wood that is properly dried. If it’s not completely dry those doors will warp.

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#9 posted 04-10-2012 08:30 PM

I think I’m way off on my thinking. I don’t see how it’s gonna cost that much to make the doors. At the most I can see about 200 bucks. It’s only probably 10 doors, a couple sheets of mdf and some solid wood for the frames. I dont know what I’m missing. I have the cope and stick bits and everything else needed to build the doors so I’m not sure where the cost is coming from

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#10 posted 04-12-2012 08:31 PM

Plus of plywood for panel is lighter weight and less dust. Have you considered using MDO as an option? It is a little more expensive but it is pre-primed and takes paint beautifully. The extra cost is offset by less time and less painting and sanding.

Another option for a more country look is beaded plywood. Just make sure you center the grooves in your frame or it will look funky.

And paint the panels before you glue up the doors. If you get even a little movement with changes in humidity it may reveal the different color at the edge of the frame. Easier to paint them before too.

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#11 posted 04-12-2012 08:33 PM

Oh, and if the price of Pine is similar to Poplar in your area, go with the Poplar. It works nicer routing profiles and it doesn’t bleed through paint as easily.

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#12 posted 04-12-2012 08:56 PM

Thanks for the advice everybody, I went with mdf and pine. I plan to build the doors this weekend so I will update on how it went. I’ve seen plenty of people using mdf for their panels and pine will be fine for the frame. I just got my incra miter 1000 hd today looking forward to putting it to use

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