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Project by kiefer posted 11-04-2012 07:57 PM 3540 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed three doors for a project that needs to be inexpensive to build so MDF is .
A simple and fast way to make a frame and panel style door .
The door shown here has 2 1/2” styles and 3 1/2” rails which is a look that I have used for many years and still like .
Cut a piece of 3/8 MDF to a 1/4 ” oversize in height and width and overlay with a 3/8” MDF frame beveled to 30 Deg. Start with the styles and apply them with glue just slightly in from the edge and then cut the rails to fit and glue in place ,I don’t use clamps ,just rub the piece to spread the glue and let it set .
I like using my double bottom sled for this as I can set it zero clearence to the blade ( see pics and also my sled post )
Once the glue has set I trim the door to finish size using the bottom panel as reference against the fence and sand and rout the edges .
A very quick and inexpensive door to make ,about 10 minutes a door .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 11-04-2012 08:17 PM

I like this

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#2 posted 11-04-2012 09:14 PM

Nice one , Kiefer!!................Jim

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#3 posted 11-04-2012 11:11 PM

OH, this is clever! The look is certainly panel door-ish, and since it will be painted, mdf is certainly a good choice of base materials. This one is going into the file for future reference.

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#4 posted 11-04-2012 11:43 PM

very interesting

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#5 posted 11-05-2012 01:15 AM

Wow, those look really good and I imagine they are pretty inexpensive too. This is one of those “that’s so simple, why didn’t i think of that” ideas.

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#6 posted 11-05-2012 01:32 AM

quick and dirty but they will work.


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#7 posted 11-07-2012 01:18 AM

Look great. Ran out and got a sheet of MDF and tried it myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

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#8 posted 11-10-2012 11:47 AM

;-) clever.
Best thoughts,

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#9 posted 11-11-2012 09:16 PM

This is good.

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#10 posted 10-22-2014 10:21 AM

I need to make a similar panel for a bedroom wardrone SWMBO wants. I was going to undertake the same, or similar procedure. I was going to round over the edge. however that would have neant coping the joint, which can be fussy.

I much prefer your solution, it’s quicker, andbetter looking.

Thanks for the inspiration.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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