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Question Kitchen cabinet doors: Complete Newbie!

Woodworkers;
I am a complete newbie to woodworking.
But I am committed to my wife to build new kitchen cabinet doors.

She wants plain flat doors with Euro style hinges and she wants the doors painted white. She wants the door edges kind of rounded.

My initial thought is to use 2"x 1" maple as a frame around a pressed maple body. Thinking I can use the Kreg Jig to make that happen.

I have no idea how to round the edges or to install the hinges.

Any and all help would be sincerely appreciated.
Where do I even begin to succeed at this project?

Available tools:
1. Rockwell portable saw
2. Circular saw
3. Sanding tools both hand and powered
4. Powered hand drills
5. Shop vac

Thank you in advance.
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Woodworkers;
I am a complete newbie to woodworking.
But I am committed to my wife to build new kitchen cabinet doors.

She wants plain flat doors with Euro style hinges and she wants the doors painted white. She wants the door edges kind of rounded.

My initial thought is to use 2"x 1" maple as a frame around a pressed maple body. Thinking I can use the Kreg Jig to make that happen.

I have no idea how to round the edges or to install the hinges.

Any and all help would be sincerely appreciated.
Where do I even begin to succeed at this project?

Available tools:
1. Rockwell portable saw
2. Circular saw
3. Sanding tools both hand and powered
4. Powered hand drills
5. Shop vac

Thank you in advance.
First let me say welcome to woodworking. My suggestion is to google, and google some more. There are many videos out there to show you how it is done. You will need a method to cut square ends or miter ends for the door frames.
Will the doors lay flat on the face frame of the cabinets or will they be flush with the face frame?
You will have to be able to cut a dado (groove) into your door frames for the panel to rest in or a rabit on the back edges for the panel to lay in. You will also need a surface to work on and a few clamps.
Will you be using the current doors for a pattern? Can you modify the current doors and refinish them to meet your wife's requests?
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With your available tools and your statement of being a newbie, I think the method with the most likelyhood of success for you and your wife is to purchase unfinished doors from one of the many sites and paint them yourself.

Here is one site.
http://www.rawdoors.net/gallery.php?...FYFo4AodQH8AiA

If I had your selection of tools, I would not want to take on making even one cabinet door. Can be done, but be prepared to have some frustration when the cuts do not line up, etc.

If I were to try my hand at making cabinet doors, I would want a good table saw, or Mitre saw, router table and drill press.

If you intend to paint, maple would be an expensive material. I would use poplar. Lighter, so easier for the hinges.

I am not sure what you mean by "pressed maple". New term for me.

The cabinet doors I have seen were all glued.

You will need a special Forstner style drill for the Euro hinges. Buy the hinges first, and then you will know the diameter of the drill to buy. The hinges are likely to need a metric diameter drill. The hole needs to be a good fit, so do not want gaps. Also find a friend with a drill press. You want the holes to be 90 deg to the frame or can have some issues in getting them to close properly.

Installing the Euro style hinges will be easier with a special template.

Rockler sells these, and has a decent web page of useful tips.
http://www.rockler.com/blog/index.cf...tallation-Tips
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W/ the tools you have you could make mission style doors, but you would also need a tenon jig for your table saw and it would take a long time.

Don't think I'd attempt doors w/ a Kreg jig. Would look pretty funny.

Dave's suggestion is a good one. You'd be amazed at how cheap that is.

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Woodworkers;
I am a complete newbie to woodworking.
But I am committed to my wife to build new kitchen cabinet doors.

She wants plain flat doors with Euro style hinges and she wants the doors painted white. She wants the door edges kind of rounded.

My initial thought is to use 2"x 1" maple as a frame around a pressed maple body. Thinking I can use the Kreg Jig to make that happen.

I have no idea how to round the edges or to install the hinges.

Any and all help would be sincerely appreciated.
Where do I even begin to succeed at this project?

Available tools:
1. Rockwell portable saw
2. Circular saw
3. Sanding tools both hand and powered
4. Powered hand drills
5. Shop vac

Thank you in advance.
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Pretty much what Dave said. At the very least you would need to add a hand router and appropriate bits to round the edges.
Here are some I made awhile back. Tools used: table saw, router table and drill press.
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She wants plain flat doors with Euro style hinges and she wants the doors painted white. She wants the door edges kind of rounded.
It sounds like you want a plain flat door...with rounded edges...painted white. If that's the case, use MDF and make slab doors, and you could use a router with a radius router bit.





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It sounds like you want a plain flat door...with rounded edges...painted white. If that's the case, use MDF and make slab doors, and you could use a router with a radius router bit.




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I thought the same, but he asked about a Kreg jig so I assumed he meant mission style.

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Thank you very much for the great responses.
What I have learned is that I am not a wood worker.

As depressing as that may be my skill sets are in other areas and I'm just going to bite the bullet and get someone to do this for me.
Investing more money in tools I don't know how to use seems crazy.

So I will stick to small projects like building model airplanes and get people who know what they are doing to do the important things.

Again thank you all very much.
Its great to know there are some very skilled and talented people out there.

-Todd
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Thank you very much for the great responses.
What I have learned is that I am not a wood worker.

As depressing as that may be my skill sets are in other areas and I'm just going to bite the bullet and get someone to do this for me.
Investing more money in tools I don't know how to use seems crazy.

So I will stick to small projects like building model airplanes and get people who know what they are doing to do the important things.

Again thank you all very much.
Its great to know there are some very skilled and talented people out there.

-Todd
Thanks for closing out the thread. It helps if others do a search and find the thread.

I think you have made a good decision.
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