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Choice of wood to build cupboard door

Hi all,

I am building a cupboard under the stairs in our lounge and have hit a bit of a dilemma over how to make the (inset) door.

The cupboard frame is in place now, and the door frame is 1150mm high by 745mm wide, and is made of 44mm square softwood.

The wife would prefer a single door, even though it would be quite wide. All I can think of to get this width would be MDF or plywood? (I would prefer a single flat panel, rather than building a framed door.)

The problem I see with MDF is using concealed hinges, which may be difficult to fit onto the width of the frame (~30mm left after the 18mm of MDF).

Are there options I am missing? How would you go about making a single door for an aperture of this size? Or shall I stick to double doors?

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Welcome to the forum. Where are you located and what's all this mm stuff? 45" high x 30" wide. That is a fair size door. I would consider making two doors just for ease of operation and probably looks. What are you planning for a finish, paint or stain? I would use some 3/4" furniture grade plywood and either band the edges or cut a thin strip of solid wood about 1/8" thick and glue it to the edges, slight round over to break the edge.
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I would go with the plywood suggested by Mike. I just do not think that MDF has the structural integrity to be used all by itself in that manner.

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IMO, the opening is too wide for a single door. That size is too close to a square to be appealing. A pair of doors would be more appropriate. You could use most any solid wood for a frame and allow sufficient width for the hinges. Make a frame, and for simplicity, could be butt jointed. Rabbet the back for a plywood panel to be glued in. That would make a rigid door without going through the joinery for rails and stiles.

The inner exposed edge of the frame could be left square or profiled with just a router bit.

You could also use 5/8" - 3/4" plywood for a door of the total inset size and add a solid wood face 1/4" - 3/8" for a frame, 2" - 2 1/4" wide to the plywood. With the narrowed size of the doors, making them has many options.






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