Choice of wood to build cupboard door - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 Old 10-15-2009, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1
View ChrisO1965's Photo Album My Photos
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?

ChrisO1965 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 10-15-2009, 07:33 PM
Senior Member
firehawkmph's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Near Cleveland, Ohio
Posts: 5,023
View firehawkmph's Photo Album My Photos
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.
Mike Hawkins
firehawkmph is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 10-16-2009, 06:35 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Florida Panhandle
Posts: 12,393
View GeorgeC's Photo Album My Photos
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.

GeorgeC is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 4 Old 10-16-2009, 08:28 AM
Old School
cabinetman's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: So. Florida
Posts: 24,027
View cabinetman's Photo Album My Photos

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.

cabinetman is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking to buy or build large wood lathe for 8' long turning khd995 Woodturning 8 09-04-2009 10:39 AM
not wood project but similar build stuart Off Topic 2 11-10-2008 06:49 AM
Iím trying to think of way to build a cupboard in a stud wall which should have a gla Stuart1 General Woodworking Discussion 1 04-21-2008 07:52 AM
Looking to build a new garage door RJAngel Design & Plans 2 03-31-2008 09:42 PM
External door wood choice - Cedar? KillingTime General Woodworking Discussion 4 10-22-2007 11:42 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome