How to make wooden closet doors

Making doors for garage shop cabinet

In the following video we can see the complete process that I followed to make these wooden doors. In the next post we will see how to put a plate inside the doors and how to install the doors in the closet.

I have had a very long low cabinet very open in the front in the workshop for a long time. And since this piece of furniture has a lot of useful surface, it is perfect to store things in it. But in a carpentry shop like mine, where I don't have an air cleaning system and where I generate a lot of sawdust, everything I have in that piece of furniture ends up with a fairly thick layer of dust. So finally I decided to make some wooden doors to cover the front of the furniture, and thus have a closet in which to store my electric machines and other tools under cover of dust.

Install the workshop cabinet partition

Before making doors for this long wooden wardrobe, the first thing I need to do is put a vertical partition in the center. So I divide the wardrobe into two equal halves to put two doors on each side of the partition.


Stringers for closet doors

Then I have to measure the length of the wooden door bars. I want them to be tucked inside the cabinet, so I have to measure the height of the interior between the bottom shelf and the top panel. And I cut 8 stringers like the one seen in the image. 4 doors for two spars each door give a total of 8 spars. With my squaring trolley and table saw it is very easy to cut and adjust the length of these stringers. These are actually two or three millimeters shorter than the hole, so that the door does not rub. Already if when the doors are mounted, after a time they rub, I can cut them a little to adjust them.

Measure the crossbars using the stringers

And now that I have the rails, I can put the four corresponding to two doors glued to the side of the partition that I put in front of the cabinet. So I can measure the gap left to calculate the length of the crossbars. The measurement of those crossbars will be half of that gap minus twice the width of two stringers. And I subtract two or three millimeters so that they have a little clearance. I admit that I am not an expert in making doors, so I do not know what the clearance that is usually left. But I don't need to be very precise for this workshop furniture either.

Present and mark the parts of each wooden door

To make doors as simple as these, I don't want to complicate myself with the wooden joints, so the following will be make unions with dowels between the door sills and the crossbars. So, I present the parts of each door above me work table and number the unions that I want to make. So I can follow an order and I will not be wrong when marking where to drill, or when joining the pieces.

Drill the head of the crossbars

Then, with the help of the vertical column drill table, I'm going to drill a couple of dowel holes in the head of all the crossbars.

Mark where to make the holes for the dowels

Thus, now, with the help of centering devices for dowel holes, a framework where to drill the holes in the stringers. For this it is important to have numbered the joints previously. In this way I will not make mistakes, since I will always make the marks with the numbers facing upwards, with which I make sure that when the dowels are inserted all the joints will fit well.

Drill holes for dowels in the stringers

And I can already drill the holes for the dowels in the edge of the door sills. I adjust the bit just above the marks, and drill the holes.

Assemble the wooden doors with tubillions

Finally I can make the connections with dowels to mount the doors. I just apply a little glue in the holes, put the nipples and make the joints between the crossbars and the side members of the doors following the numbering I have.

-> Go see how install panel and hinges.


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