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Rustic Doors for Cabinets & Drawers

Cabinet, Construction How-To, Kitchen, Remodeling August 5, 2016 Sonia


The faux rails and stiles are adhered to the doors with wood glue.

The faux rails and stiles are adhered to the doors with wood glue.

I then took the door and drawer blanks to my Ridgid benchtop belt sander and carefully cleaned the edges, focusing on getting the applied strips flush with the rough sawn board.

Use Plenty of clamps to ensure a strong glue bond.

Use Plenty of clamps to ensure a strong glue bond.

Tip: The doors are longer than the sanding belt, so I “free-handed” the sanding procedure. This required me to carefully and evenly move the door back and forth along the sanding belt.

Shown here is a replacement for a drawer front, which exhibits the rough sawn texture the home-owner desired.

Shown here is a replacement for a drawer front, which exhibits the rough sawn texture the home-owner desired.

Drilling for Hinges and Knobs

We used a 35mm Forstner hinge cup drill bit in a drill press to make the door-hinge holes. I placed these holes in a slightly different location than on the older door hinges so as not to have to deal with the old screw holes in the cabinet case face-frames. These holes would be filled and painted by the painter and I wanted solid wood for my screws.

For the hinges, we re-used the existing Blum Overlay Hinges designed for face-frames and replaced any as needed.

For the hinges, we re-used the existing Blum Overlay Hinges designed for face-frames and replaced any as needed.

The client provided me with solid cherry knob pulls, and I simply centered and drilled these in the locations he desired.

For the hinges, we re-used the existing Blum Overlay Hinges designed for face-frames and replaced any as needed.

A Forstner bit mounted in a drill press made the holes for the hinges.

A Forstner bit mounted in a drill press made the holes for the hinges.

I like these hinges as they have a smooth, soft-closing action and are ideal for face-frame cabinets or any cabinet where clearance is an issue. Each hinge has three-way adjustability, are compact and are available in five different overlays, ranging from 3/8 to 1-3/8 inch.

Finally, drill holes to mount the knobs or pulls.

Finally, drill holes to mount the knobs or pulls.

Hanging the Doors

To save costs the client chose to paint and hang the doors. I mounted the hinges to the door so all he had to do was establish a reference point to keep all the doors the same height. I told him to make a small story pole or reference stick and use it at each door. Alternatively he could also install blue tape at the tops of every door and use a laser or level and make reference marks.