If your cabinet doors scream their decade, painting them makes a huge difference – but the fact remains they are still dated. 

How to Build a Shaker Cabinet Door

Step 1: Determine the cabinet size.

This is pretty simple. All you have to do is measure the opening of the cabinet and then add the desired overlap. Most people opt for 1/2 inch.

When selecting cabinet doors there are a couple of options in regards to wood. Due to the ease of finding, I usually opt for red oak.

Step 2: Gather your materials.

Step 3: Cut your stiles and rails to length.

To determine the horizontal rail lengths, take the overall width (in the example, 18″) and subtract approximately 3 inches.

Step 4: Cut your dados.

Dados will change your woodworking life. Or at least they have for me. A dado is a grooved joint sized to fit another piece of wood closely.

Step 5: Cut your tongue.

The tongue is the edge of the wood that will fit inside the dado (or groove). Doing this is a bit more tricky (but still easy).

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