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Raised Panel Cabinet Door

Raised Panel Cabinet Door

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Probably the fastest and most dramatic way to makeover the look of your kitchen is to replace the cabinet doors. And, if you have a table saw and a few clamps, you can inexpensively create cove-style raised panel cabinet doors following these free woodworking plans.

These doors can be created using nearly any hardwood and can be stained to the color of your choice. Or, you can choose to make them from stock such as poplar with a painted finish. If you want a more rustic look, consider making them out of knotty pine. No matter what type of look you're trying to achieve, you can easily make over your kitchen with these raised panel doors.

Traditionally, cove panel doors are raised using panel raising router bit sets, which are fast, but quite expensive. In the following instructions, you'll learn how to cut coves of varying shapes using only your table saw. This method takes a bit more time than using a router, and will require a bit more sanding, but if you don't want to go to the expense of purchasing a large, expensive panel raising router bit set (and the heavy-duty router to safely turn the bit), this might be an option.

NOTE: The plans and dimensions referenced in the following set of free woodworking plans are for a 14" wide x 18" tall cabinet door with 2" wide rails and stiles. For doors of different sizes, adjust your lumber requirements accordingly.
 
Difficulty Level
  • Woodworking: Moderate
  • Finishing: Paint or Stain/Polyurethane

  • Time to Complete

  • 2-3 Hours per door

  • Recommended Tools

  • Table Saw with stacked dado blade set
  • Random Orbital Sander
  • Medium-sized Woodworking Clamps
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Woodworking Glue

  • Materials Needed
  • 8' of 1x6 or 10' of 1x6 - Pine, Poplar or hardwood of choice
  • 1 - 2x4 x 6'
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