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Panel Thickness for Painted Cabinet Doors

by cpbuck
posted 02-16-2018 05:14 PM

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#1 posted 02-16-2018 05:30 PM

When I have made painted cabinet doors (2 full kitchens worth), I have used maple veneered 1/4” MDF. It is a true 1/4”, or awfully close, and the veneer gives the panel a wood grain that shows through the paint to match the frames. I also used a rail and stile bit set on the router table, which allowed me to readily dial in the thickness. If you are running shaker style door stock on the table saw, you might need to run two passes with a regular saw blade if you can’t find true 1/4” MDF.

I stayed away from veneered plywood for the panels because a) you can’t find it full 1/4” anywhere and b) it won’t stay as flat as MDF.

I have always fully glued the veneered MDF panels into maple frames and have never had any issues with cracking or warping of doors.

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