Paint-Grade Cabinet Doors – Which Woods Paint Best & Which Woods To Avoid?

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Many folks searching the internet for Poplar Cabinets or Paint-Grade Cabinet Doors find our website, Cabinetdoors.com, and ask questions about painting cabinet doors. After explaining the pros and cons of painting a cabinet door, we decided to add the question-and-answer to our Blog.

Because we manufacture kitchen cabinet doors, and have built many ten’s of thousands of paint grade cabinet doors, we have acquired significant experience with the different wood types. Some wood types paint well and some not so well. Usually if we are told that the cabinet door is going to be painted, and the wood requested will not paint well, we can offer a suggestion that another wood type might be a better candidate for painting.

Most Popular Woods Used On Paint Grade Cabinet Doors

The woods typically used by professionals on their paint-grade cabinet doors are the tighter-grained woods like Poplar, Soft Maple, Alder, Pine, Birch, Hard Maple, and MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). The woods we offer can be seen here.

Woods like Oak are rarely painted because of the “Orange peel” look the open grain causes.
If an open grain wood like Oak is the only choice you have, it is recommended that the grain be filled with Drywall putty, Bondo, or a similar thick sealer then sanded to a smooth surface before painting.

The prices for the recommended paint-grade woods run from Poplar (cheapest), Soft Maple, Alder, Pine, Birch, and Hard Maple being the most expensive. Birch Wood is actually the same wood most pull out shelves are constructed with.

Each of these woods have their own advantages and disadvantages, but there are a few practices that will apply to whichever wood type is chosen to paint.

  • The first is the “prep-prep-prep” rule. That means that every hour spent preparing the cabinet door for painting saves two hours in repainting.
  • The second is the 5-F’s rule. This rule is “Fine Finishers Finish Firewood First”. It simply means that experimenting with your finish on scrap wood can prevent ruining a door with a failed finishing attempt.
  • The third is always break all sharp edges with fine sandpaper before painting. Sharp edges will not hold paint and will give the dried paint an unpainted spot to absorb moisture.
  • The forth is to keep in mind that all wood types will expand and contract with changes in humidity. The paint will slow these humidity-caused wood movements, but no paint is totally moisture-proof, and paint will not stop the movements. This humidity-movement of wood presents another potential issue for the painted cabinet door. When the paint dries, it will no longer have the elasticity to move with the wood; so it will crack, usually along the glue joints where the Stiles & Rails join.
  • The fifth relates to the hardness of the paint-grade wood. The softer the wood, the more easily it will dent, if hit with a pot or frying pan. The dent in the wood may be slight and hardly noticeable, but dried paint doesn’t dent without cracking. The weakest link in any painted cabinet door is not the door. Regardless of the wood type used, the weakest link is always the paint.
  • The sixth practice covers the method of application of the paint. The desired look from painting a cabinet door is usually a high gloss finish, similar to the finish on a piano. A finish of this quality will certainly require a highly experienced finishing professional, and a dust-free spray booth. This doesn’t mean you can’t achieve an excellent finish, but it does mean you won’t get this piano-finish with a paint brush in your driveway. To get a professional looking finish you will need to spray-on the paint. Not from a Krylon can, but from an compressed-air, or airless, spray painting system.

Blame The Grain

Wood that is used to paint for cabinets or other purposes typically features tight grained wood species.  These are woods such as maple, poplar, pine, and others.  The tight surface of the wood provides a good surface for the paint to be applied to and covers the natural ripples and texture in the wood. Open grained wood as more prominent grain which has rougher texture.  To look good when painted these open grained woods need to be covered with filler to have that smooth look when painted.

Soft Maple & Poplar

Soft maple and poplar are common for the door panels, end frames, and face frames in cabinet doors. This is because they are workable and keeps cost down. Many carpenters and cabinet makers find that poplar can dent easily and tends to absorb more paint than other species. Other tight grained woods are easier to work with and paint yet are more costly and sometimes have limited availability.  Some homeowners choose hard maple yet there is greater likelihood of humidity causing the wood to move slightly.

MDF & Cabinetry

The frames and end faces can be built from medium density fiberboard (MDF).  It can also be used for door panels, however it can be difficult to finish.  Due to the difficulty to finish MDF other varieties of wood are preferred for stiles and rails. MDF is used for larger sections as it is dimensionally stable. Other options for larger sections are birch plywood and prefinished plywood.

Which Woods Are Best For Paint-Grade Kitchen Cabinet Doors?

Here is a brief summary of our experience with the various paint-grade woods. Like just about everything in life the world is full of opinions, yet there is some consensus on which are the best types of wood that is best for painted cabinets.  Wood that is tight grained but also workable produce long lasting durable cabinet doors. Whichever wood is preferred just about everyone agrees that the surface of the wood needs to be prepared first.  This is done by applying shellac and filler to knots and rough spots so there isn’t any bleed through. Sharp corners should also be sanded so they will hold paint better.  Here are some of the types of wood that are best for painted cabinet doors.

  • Poplar, for years has been the paint-grade wood of choice for furniture makers and cabinet shops. It has Soft Maple as a competitor because Poplar tends to be more labor intensive to sand and finish, but Soft Maple is more expensive. Poplar has a tendency to “fuzz-up” during sanding, and if any of the fuzz is missed before painting, it certainly is never missed after painting. Both woods tend to be absorbent and require more sealer or more paint that harder woods. The finish obtained on Poplar and Soft Maple is excellent, and both woods remain the most popular paint-grade woods.
  • Soft Maple rivals Poplar as the wood of choice by Custom Cabinet Shops for their Paint-Grade Cabinet Door jobs. Both are low cost. Both are available over most of the country. It sands easier than Alder and it doesn’t “fuzz-up” like Alder or Poplar while sanding, and it sands faster. It doesn’t absorb sealer quite as much as Poplar and finishes very smooth, and doesn’t telegraph it’s grain through the paint, like Pine.
  • Alder makes a good paintable cabinet door but tends to absorb primer at a high rate and is among the “softer” of the hardwoods. It grows in the Northwest and may not be available in all parts of the country and it is more expensive. Painted Alder is used more in the West, where it is more available, than other parts of the country, and it gives an excellent painted finish look.
  • Pine is available everywhere and is widely painted in furniture applications. It is reasonably inexpensive and is carried by all lumber yards and Big Box Stores. Furniture grade Pine is different from Frame grade Pine, like framing 2×6’s. Frame Grade Pine is typically not kiln dried to the 7-9% moisture levels required of furniture Grade woods. While Pine paints well the prominent grain can “telegraph” its texture through the painted surface, and knots and pitch pockets may bleed through the paint.
  • Birch is an excellent wood for painting and is starting to be carried by the Big Box Stores. Birch plywood is also available as 9-ply in 5’x5′ and 4’x8′ sheets. Birch is harder than Alder, Pine, and Soft Maple, so it will stand up better to “Kid abuse” than the softer woods. It does tend to be more expensive but will require less sealer or primer than the softer woods.
  • Hard Maple is the best wood available for paint-grade cabinet doors. Unfortunately, It’s also the most expensive of the paint-grade woods costing about 2 1/2 times the price of Soft Maple. Because “color” is not an inspection criteria under the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA), heartwood and mineral are not considered defects and lumber buyers purchasing the highest grades still receive some of this off-color maple. Because of this, cabinet door manufacturers often have Hard Maple with dark heartwood, or mineral streaks, which they have sorted out. Custom Cabinet Shops that purchase our doors depend on the cabinet doors for the overall appearance of their cabinets, so door manufactures cannot use this off-color Hard Maple for Select Maple Cabinet Doors. If we have a sufficient stock, we will use this off-color Hard Maple for our Paint Grade doors if it is requested by the customer, and we will make the substitution at no additional cost. When painted, off-color Hard Maple requires less primer, sands smoother, and is significantly harder that any of the standard paint-grade woods we offer.
  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers. MDF is used as the panel in all of our Recessed Panel Paint-Grade Cabinet Doors, and is used as the Raised Panel in some of our Raised Panel doors. MDF paints well and it is a good idea to coat all sides of the finished piece in order to seal in the urea-formaldehyde. Formaldehyde resins are commonly used to bind MDF together, and testing has consistently revealed that MDF products emit urea-formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds that pose health risks at sufficient concentrations, for at least several months after manufacture. Most cabinet and furniture manufacturers have been using MDF for several decades and the risks of Formaldehyde resin emissions, when the products are painted is considered negligible.

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How To Remodel Your Kitchen With Unfinished Replacement Cabinet Doors

Giving your kitchen a complete face-lift has never been easier. The internet has opened the door for home-owners to purchase quality of Custom Kitchen Cabinet Doors, factory-direct and online.The days of being forced to buy new cabinet doors retail from hardware stores are over. Continue reading

Cabinet Refacing | Kitchen Remodeling

Cabinet Refacing

If you’re searching “Cabinet Refacing” you’re probably one of the thousands of Americans interested in kitchen remodeling.  Cabinet refacing or “cabinet resurfacing” offers homeowners, property owners, and real estate investors the ability to remodel and refresh the look of a kitchen without having to completely replace all of the existing cabinetry. This saves 50% of the cost of having to completely gut your kitchen and install all new cabinetry.

This video will give you a quick walk through our website and the process of selecting and ordering your new cabinet doors.

Cabinet Refacing Updates Your Kitchen’s Look

When you’re already satisfied with the layout of your kitchen, using cabinet refacing to breathes new life into your home.  The Door Stop offers hundreds of cabinet refacing cabinet doors styles in mitered cabinet doors and cope & stick cabinet door designs.  The cabinet doors and drawer fronts make up about 80% of what you and your visitors can see of your cabinetry.

Cabinet Refacing Cost Comparison

When you are considering kitchen remodeling and are deciding between cabinet refacing and installing all new cabinetry the cost is a major influence for a lot of homeowners.  Updating the cabinet doors and drawer fronts will drastically change the look of your kitchen, and save you money!

Cabinet Refacing Saves You Money

When you choose cabinet refacing there are some major expenses you will not have to pay.  These are items such as all new framework for the cabinets, the cost to demolish and remove your existing cabinetry, the cost to build the new cabinets, and any building permits necessary to do the work.  Cabinet refacing means not having to pay these costs and saving up to 50%!

  • No need for permits
  • Uses existing framework
  • No costly demolition work
  • No costly construction work

Cabinet Refacing Saves You Time

Because there is no overly involved demolition or construction process it takes less time for you to get your kitchen refaced. Most cabinet installation companies can do a cabinet refacing job in 3 to 5 days, depending on the size and condition of the kitchen.  This means you will have you kitchen back sooner and will save on labor hours.

How Much Does Cabinet Refacing Cost?

The cost to reface your cabinets varies on the number of cabinets you have, style of cabinet doors you choose, and which drawer fronts you select to match.  The cost is usually half what it would cost to get the same style, and look of remodeling if you chose to completely remove and install new kitchen cabinetry.

Benefits Of Our Cabinet Doors

  • Higher quality replacement cabinet doors – Our replacement cabinet doors and drawer fronts are built to last and be visually stunning in your home.
  • Wide selection of cabinet door styles – We manufacture over 300 hundred styles and sell them direct to the public, with no middleman retailer.
  • Wide variety of wood types – We manufacture cabinet doors and drawer fronts in your choice of 14 wood species.
  • Track record of excellence – Since 1980 we have been manufacturing cabinet doors for new cabinetry and cabinet refacing projects.
  • Easy online ordering – You can browse styles of cabinet doors, select your type of wood, and style to ensure you love your new cabinet doors.
  • Quick order fulfillment – Your order will be processed and shipped in 7 to 10 working days to your home or business.
  • Precision manufacturing – Our modernized computer controlled woodworking equipment offers exacting size specifications.

Shop Cabinet Refacing Cabinet Doors

If you want that newly remodeled kitchen look without having to break the bank, kitchen cabinet refacing is your solution.  By ordering the cabinet door styles and drawer front replacements you want for your kitchen you will be able to completely transform the look of your kitchen and save 50% over having to install all new kitchen cabinetry.

The Door Stop offers 300 styles of cabinet doors and has drawer fronts to match, offers quick order fulfillment, uses the highest quality raw materials, and offers you “direct from the manufacturer pricing”.  All of this means getting the upgraded, renewed, and refreshed kitchen you’re dreaming of while staying in your budget.

Shop: Cabinet Doors at The Door Stop

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Step-by-step process of installing replacement kitchen cabinet doors


the Step-by-step process of installing replacement kitchen cabinet doors

Installing replacement kitchen cabinet doors can be completed by the average homeowner, and with professional looking results.

We’ll show the secrets and methods used by the professional installers, and give some tips that will prevent some of the common mistakes. Continue reading

Custom Cabinet Doors 101 – step-by-step Kitchen cabinet door replacement


Custom Cabinet Doors 101 – step-by-step Kitchen cabinet door replacement

This video will explain how to find and order Custom Cabinet Doors online, factory-direct, and at 50% below retail prices. Continue reading

How to hang Replacement Cabinet Doors


Now that the hinges, with mounting plates, are attached to the cabinet doors, you’re ready to mount the doors to the cabinets.

The first step is to attach a straightedge or draw a line below the cabinet opening. For ½-inch overlay doors this line will be ½-inch below the opening.

For overlays other than ½-inch, the line will be located below the opening by the overlay you are using. Continue reading

Custom cabinet doors

Cabinets are made in every possible width and height, so cabinet doors must be made in every possible width and height to fit the cabinets.

The almost infinite size range of cabinets created the need for Custom Cabinet Doors and this need has only increased over time. Continue reading

Kitchen cabinet doors

Kitchen cabinet doors are available online and can be used as replacement cabinet doors for any consumer wishing to change Cabinet door styles.

Whether you need replacement kitchen cabinet doors or custom cabinet doors for another part of your home, Cabinetdoors.com offers you hundreds of cabinet door styles to choose from and at wholesale prices. Continue reading

Kitchen cabinet doors replacement

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A project of Kitchen cabinet doors replacement is made much easier by Cabinetdoors.com’s huge selection of cabinet door styles. Continue reading

Custom Cabinet Doors


Custom Cabinet Doors

Custom Cabinet Doors, until recently, were only available to the home-owner through middlemen like big-box stores or retail hardware chains.

Today Custom cabinet doors can be purchased online and factory-direct from cabinetdoors.com. Continue reading

How Mitered Cabinet Doors are made

This video shows many of our replacement kitchen cabinet doors.

One of our computerized machines, shown at top-left, cuts the perfect 45-degree miter and routes the mortise and tenon for our invisible, industry-leading mitered door joining method.

At bottom-right we demonstrate the assembly of this joint and show how the invisible mortise and tenon produce the tightest and strongest mitered assembly method in the industry.

All mitered cabinet door manufactures will eventually be using this method but, as of January 2016, we are the only manufacturer offering mitered doors online with this level of manufacturing quality.

A few of the kitchen cabinet door styles we manufacture can be seen as these doors move past. Several stop and expand and those doors are mentioned by door name.

The first of these doors is the Woodhaven, at top-left. This cabinet door is shown in Red Oak.

Next is our Vermont door, shown in Select Alder.

The Vermont is followed by our Manhattan door, in Select Maple.

Next is our Camden, shown in Alder and finished with Minwax Stain.

Our Bellingham, shown in Maple is an applied Moulding cabinet door.

The Delaware cabinet door is shown in Alder.

This Ponderosa door is also shown in Alder, which is very similar to Cherry in appearance.

Next is our Sheffield cabinet door shown in Maple (sometimes called hard-rock maple).

Our Malibu door is of Hickory and some call the color variations in hickory “Calico Hickory”.

And this Danish kitchen cabinet door features the simple, uncluttered look of its sister door, the Cope & Stick Shaker door.

Each of our replacement kitchen cabinet doors in the Mitered styles are available in all woods and in any custom sizes above the minimums.

How replacement cabinet doors are made

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How replacement cabinet doors are made: Traditional Cope & Stick styles.

Replacement cabinet doors, like most kitchen cabinet doors, can be either Cope and Stick or Mitered in design.

Traditional replacement cabinet doors all used the Cope & Stick joining method. The machinery used to cut the detail in Cope and Stick doors is shown below and an example of the actual Cope & Stick joint is shown above.

We make hundreds of Traditional designs which include square cabinet doors as well as single arch, double arch, glass frames, and glass frames with mullions.

Every Cope and Stick cabinet door style is available in all wood types.

All of our Kitchen Cabinet Doors are shipped unfinished and are perfectly sanded and ready to receive the paint or stain of your choice.

Please visit our Blog at CabinetDoors.Com/Blog or our Youtube Channel for detailed information on measuring, selecting, ordering, and finishing new cabinet doors.

How replacement cabinet doors are made: Mitered styles.

Replacement cabinet doors, like most kitchen cabinet doors, can be either Cope and Stick or Mitered in design.

Mitered replacement cabinet doors all used a 45-degree joining method. The machinery used to cut the detail in Mitered doors is shown below and an example of the actual Mitered joint is shown above.

Mitered cabinet door design allows many more choices than the traditional Cope and Stick joining method, and we offer several hundred Mitered door designs which include square cabinet doors (with thousands of framing combinations), glass frames, and glass frames with mullions.

Every Mitered cabinet door style is available in all wood types.

All of our Kitchen Cabinet Doors are shipped unfinished and are perfectly sanded and ready to receive the paint or stain of your choice.

Please visit our Blog at CabinetDoors.Com/Blog or our Youtube Channel for detailed information on measuring, selecting, ordering, and finishing new cabinet doors.

The Door Stop’s website for high-volume and low-price doors lists the most popular cabinet doors online here.

Shaker Cabinet Doors

Shaker furniture is a distinctive style of furniture developed by the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, a religious sect that had guiding principles of simplicity, utility and honesty. Their beliefs were reflected in the well-made furniture of minimalist designs. (Quoted from Wikipedia)

Shaker communities were largely self-sufficient: in their attempt to separate themselves from the outside world and to create a heaven-on-earth, members grew their own food, constructed their own buildings, and manufactured their own tools and household furnishings. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Shaker Furniture was made thoughtfully, with functional form and proportion, rather than using ornamentation. Simple and functional were their driving principles 200 years ago and, although the Shaker community disbanded in 1959, their style of simple design is still popular today.

At Cabinetdoors.com we have been manufacturing Shaker Cabinet Doors since 1980 and we have made millions of Shaker doors in those 36 years.

This screencast shows one process of locating the Shaker Cabinet Door through our Most Popular Cabinet Doors link.

This product page lists some facts about the Shaker like the minimum sizes, the finished thickness, and the width of the Stiles and Rails.

By clicking the Drop-down menu for Wood Types you can see the price per square foot of the Shaker in many different woods. Selecting one of those wood types will allow you to enter quantity and sizes and price the Shaker door in the size you entered.

After you have selected wood type and entered sizes, clicking Add-To-Cart will add that door to your shopping cart. The cart and it’s contents can be seen above the order box.

When you have finished adding all your doors to the cart, clicking Checkout completes your order.

Registering with the website gives us your delivery address so we can show you the total including all shipping charges.

That’s all there is to it. Your order will be manufactured in our Arizona factory and shipped to your home or business in 7-to-10 days.

Kitchen Cabinet Doors: How to choose replacements

Kitchen Cabinet Doors: How to choose replacements

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing by replacing existing cabinet doors with new doors has become a very popular alternative to buying and installing new cabinets.

Refacing kitchen cabinets with new doors will save over 50% off the cost of new cabinets, and can be done in less than half the time.

This video explains your choices in replacement cabinet doors, how to determine the cost of new doors, how to measure cabinet openings to order cabinet doors of the correct sizes, and how to order replacement cabinet doors online and factory-direct at 30% savings off the Big-Box stores.

We start exploring the cabinet door choices by visiting the CabinetDoors.Com website.
The various categories of cabinet doors can be browsed by expanding the Categories box at left.
Clicking the Cabinet Doors group expands to show other sub-categories. These can be further expanded by clicking.
Another way to explore the various groups is to click the category pictures in the center of the page.

Clicking the “Most Popular Doors” picture opens a page showing pictures of the most popular cabinet doors.
As an example, we’ll click the Delaware door picture.
By scrolling down to the Order Box, the Delaware door can be ordered in any wood and in any size and quantity. Once the size in entered the price is shown for that door.
Just fill in the information and continue adding doors to your cart.

When your order is complete click Checkout and follow the instructions to place your order.

If you have any questions about how to determine the correct sizes of your replacement cabinet doors please watch the titles “How to measure for new Cabinet Doors” in the upper-left column of the webpage.

You can be confident that you will receive the same superior quality cabinet doors we supply to custom cabinet makers and luxury home builders in all 50 states.

CabinetDoors.Com is the leading manufacturer of cabinet doors offering our products online, and with over 35 years in business and a Better Business Bureau rating of A+.

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Manufacturer of custom cabinet doors in hundreds of styles and 14 wood types.

We have been making unfinished cabinet doors since 1980.

We utilize modern computerized machinery and have made over 10 million cabinet doors for new homes in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

We make both Mitered and Traditional Cope & Stick cabinet doors for new homes and re-modelers, as well as home-owners.

We make replacement cabinet doors in both arched and square designs and in over 300 different door styles.

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing with new cabinet doors

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing with new cabinet doors

Refacing kitchen cabinets with new cabinet doors has become a very popular alternative to buying and installing all-new cabinets.

Refacing usually saves over 50% off the cost of new cabinets, and can be done in less than half the time.

Your choices in replacement cabinet doors are covered in this video as well as how to determine the cost of new doors, how to measure cabinet openings to order cabinet doors of the correct sizes, and how to order replacement cabinet doors online.

You can explore the cabinet door choices on our website, CabinetDoors.Com.
The cabinet doors we manufacture can be browsed by expanding the Categories box at left.
Clicking the “Cabinet Doors” group expands the window to show other sub-categories. These can be expanded even further by clicking each subgroup.
Another way to explore the various groups is to click the category pictures in the center of the home page.

For instance clicking the “Most Popular Doors” picture opens a page showing pictures of all the doors in the most popular cabinet doors group.
As an example, we’ll click the Shaker Cabinet Door picture.
By scrolling down to the Order Box, the Shaker Cabinet Door can be ordered in any wood and in any size and quantity. Once the size in entered the price is shown for that door.
Just fill in the information and continue adding doors to your cart.

When your order is complete you can place the order by clicking Checkout and following the instructions.

Determining the correct sizes of your replacement cabinet doors is covered in the “How to measure for new Cabinet Doors” video located in the upper-left column of the webpage.

You will receive the same high-quality cabinet doors we supply to custom cabinet makers and luxury home builders in all 50 states.

CabinetDoors.Com manufacturers all our doors in Arizona, and is the leading manufacturer of cabinet doors offering our products online. We have been in business over 35 years in business and have a Better Business Bureau rating of A+.

Cabinet Doors for Cabinet Refacing

Refacing kitchen cabinets has become an accepted method of kitchen remodeling that can save the home-owner over 50% of the costs involved in replacing the cabinets.

In many cases the existing cabinet boxes are of higher quality than the boxes of new cabinets. Older cabinets were usually constructed with either solid wood or plywood, while almost all new cabinets are made of Medium Density Particleboard with a thin veneer.

In the case of kitchens with older existing cabinet boxes in good condition, refacing the existing cabinet faces with refacing veneer and replacing the old cabinet doors with new replacement cabinet doors will save significant time and significant expense.
Also Refacing with new kitchen cabinet doors won’t disrupt your kitchen nearly as link as replacing all the cabinets will.

After you make the decision to reface your cabinets, it’s time to select the design of your new cabinet doors.

CabinetDoors.Com is the leading manufacturer of replacement cabinet doors available online and factory-direct to the home-owner or Refacing Professional.

This video will give you a quick walk through our website and the process of selecting and ordering your new cabinet doors.

The pictures of cabinet door groups on this page are links that will open pages showing pictures of the doors in each of those categories.
To demonstrate choosing a door from one of our categories, we’ll click on the “Most Popular Cabinet Door” link.

This opens a page with pictures of each door in the Most Popular group.
We’ll scroll down and click on the picture of the Shaker Door.

Now the Shaker door product page opens with a larger picture and some information about this door.
Scrolling down shows the “Order Box”.
This is where you select Wood Type from the drop-down menu. Notice that the price per square foot (for the Shaker door) is shown to the right of each wood type.

After selecting the wood type you can enter the quantity, width, and height for your first door. The price for that door will be shown. To add each door to your shopping cart, simply click on the Add-To-Cart button.

The contents of your cart is updated with each new door and displayed just above the Order Box and also in the left column.

When your order is complete, click the checkout button and follow the instructions.

Your order will start production within a few hours and be shipped in 7-10 working days to your home or business.

Visit our Low Price website for cheap Unfinished Cabinet Doors.

Refacing Cabinets with new cabinet doors

Refacing Cabinets with new cabinet doors

Over the past decade the option of refacing kitchen cabinets has become much more popular.
Refacing cabinets typically saves the home owner over 50% of the cost of new cabinets and can be finished in half the time.

Because of these reasons refacing kitchen cabinets has become a very popular alternative to buying and installing all-new cabinets.

Your choices in replacement cabinet doors are covered in this video as well as how to measure cabinet openings to insure your new cabinet doors will be the correct sizes. We’ll also show how to determine the cost of new doors, and how to place your order for the replacement cabinet doors online.

You can explore the cabinet door choices on our website, CabinetDoors.Com.
The cabinet doors we manufacture can be seen by expanding the Categories box at left.
Clicking the “Cabinet Doors” group inside the categories box expands the window to show other sub-categories. These can be further expanded by clicking each subgroup.
An additional method of exploring the various groups is to click the category pictures in the center of the home page.

For example, clicking the “Most Popular Doors” picture opens a page showing pictures of all the doors in the most popular cabinet doors group.
We’ll then click on the Patriot Cabinet Door picture.
By scrolling down to the Order Box, the Patriot Cabinet Door can be ordered in any wood and in any size and quantity. Once the size is entered the price is shown for that door.
Simply fill in the wood, quantity, and sizing information and click Add to Cart. Continue adding doors to your cart until your order is complete/

When you’re finished you can place the order by clicking Checkout and following the instructions.

Determining the correct sizes of your replacement cabinet doors by measuring the cabinet openings is covered in the “How to measure for new Cabinet Doors” video located in the upper-left column of the webpage.

When you order from CabinetDoors.Com, you will receive the same high-quality cabinet doors we supply to custom cabinet makers and luxury home builders in all 50 states. Since starting our business in 1980, we have manufactured and shipped millions of cabinet doors into all 50 states as well as many foreign countries.

CabinetDoors.Com manufacturers all our doors in Arizona, and is the leading manufacturer of cabinet doors offering our products online. We have been in business over 35 years and have a Better Business Bureau rating of A+.

How to order cabinet doors online and factory-direct from CabinetDoors.Com


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This one-minute video will explain the process of ordering cabinet doors online from CabinetDoors.Com.

To select the cabinet door you want, click on the category containing that particular style of door.

For instance, the Mitered door category contains all of the Mitered Cabinet Doors we manufacture.

Clicking on the pictures of the other categories will open pages showing the doors in those respective groups.

This example will view, select, price and order our popular Shaker Cabinet Door in any wood type.

We’ll get started by clicking the Cope & Stick Inset Panel category and scrolling down to see the Shaker Door.

Clicking the Shaker picture opens the product page for that door.

Scrolling down to the order box displays a menu with the wood types available for this door style.

Clicking the down-arrow in the Select Wood Specie will show those woods and the price per square foot for the Shaker door in each of those woods.

To order the Shaker door simply click the wood, then enter the quantity, width and height.

Click Add to Cart, then repeat the process for each door you need for your project.

When all your doors have been added to your shopping cart, click checkout.

If you haven’t yet registered, you will be asked to do so at this time. Registering asks for your delivery address and an email address so we can confirm your purchase, resolve and questions we may have about your order, and calculate the exact shipping cost to your address.

The Cabinet Door Factory is our low-price website for saving money on Replacing Cabinet Doors.

Best woods to use in Cabinet Doors Part-2 with Video

This post covers the second half of the Best Woods to use in Cabinet Doors.

These woods are Cherry, Ash, Birch, Hickory, and the Knotty Woods.

A video explaining these woods, their properties, specific finishing tips, along with pictures of each wood type can be watched by clicking here.

Several knotty wood types are popular and often used for Knotty Cabinet Doors.

These Knotty woods feature a unique look as every door will have a slightly different appearance from any other.

Woods like Hickory and Oak will have significant color variations as the knots in these woods often have mineral streaks extending from them.

Alder and Maple also have streaking from the knots, but to a lesser extent.

To insure dependability, the doors frame will have smaller knots while raised panels offer the opportunity to use larger and more colorful knots.

Because knotty plywood is usually not available, recessed panel knotty doors are made by edge-gluing the pieces of the panel, the same as raised panel doors, with the panels then reduced in thickness to ¼-inch.

These knotty woods offer a rustic look which is very popular in many kitchen designs.

Best woods to use in Cabinet Doors Part-1 With Video


This video covers the woods most often used for cabinet doors, and can be seen by clicking here.

The first four of these most popular woods are Alder, Oak, Maple, and Paint Grade.

Alder
Alder grows in Oregon, Washington and into British Columbia. Although Alder is classified as a hardwood it is softer than Oak and Maple.

Alder use is more common in the western states but is becoming more popular and more available in the central and eastern states.

Red Alder tends to be a light tan to reddish brown and there is no visible distinction between heartwood and sapwood. The overall grain pattern and appearance is similar to Birch, though slightly redder than Birch

Alders grain is generally straight, with a moderately fine, uniform texture.

It has excellent finishing properties but care is needed when staining. Like Maple, Alder requires proper wood sealing to prevent a blotchy finish. It is becoming very popular in the cabinet industry.

Oak
The Oaks are divided into Red Oaks and White Oaks. The names don’t indicate color as the White Oaks tend to be grayer in color, while the Red Oaks vary from reddish brown to wheat color. White oak is commonly used in whisky barrels, wet environments, and cargo truck flooring while Red Oaks are used in furniture and cabinets.

The heartwood in Red Oak is a light to medium brown, commonly with a reddish cast. Sapwood is nearly white to light brown, depending mainly on the growth region.

Red Oak is sub-divided into three growing regions; Southern, Appalachian, and Northern. Because of the climate the southern oaks grow the fastest and the northern oaks the slowest. The slower growth and cooler climate makes the northern oaks superior as a furniture wood.

We use the best-of-the-best Red Oak which is sustainably grown in the private forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin, and color-sorted to our specifications.

Maple
Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of Hard Maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. Sapwood color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color. Our Select Maple is color-sorted and only the white sapwood is used in our cabinet doors.
The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown and is seldom used in cabinets.

The grain in Maple is generally straight, with a fine, even texture.

Maple finishes to an attractive light color with polyurethane alone. Because Maple is a tight, closed grain wood, it requires experience to stain without looking blotchy.

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Any wood can be painted, but when painting cabinet doors understanding the properties of woods can make the difference between a successful project and a disappointment.

Over 90% of the problems with wood involve moisture. The reason that statement is true is that “wood always remains hygroscopic”. It responds to changes in relative humidity. That means that wood will shed moisture as relative humidity drops and it will regain moisture when relative humidity increases.

The fact that wood always remains hygroscopic is critical when choosing a wood type to be painted.

Understanding that all woods will shed water when humidity goes down is to also understand that when any wood sheds water the wood shrinks. And, when any wood regains water as the humidity increases, that wood expands.

While that statement is true with all woods, not all woods react with the same amount of expansion or contraction.

Hickory, Maple, and Beech have the highest rates of dimensional change with humidity fluctuations while Cedar, Alder, and Redwood are among the lowest.

The reason why wood expanding or contracting in painted cabinet doors is a problem is that as the wood expands the paint doesn’t. Once the paint dries it becomes brittle and cannot change dimensions with the wood.

So, once the paint becomes brittle, when the humidity changes and the wood reacts by changing dimensions, the paint will crack, usually where the cabinet door’s panel meets the frame.

Even woods that react less to humidity changes will have movement sufficient to crack the paint.

For that reason most cabinet doors designed to be painted have the panel made of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF).

MDF has a reduced response to humidity changes and is much less likely to cause the problems to painted doors.

Although MDF is a nearly perfect material for the panels in painted doors, it has one drawback that prevents it’s use in the door’s frame. MDF is susceptible to chipping on the edges when struck with a hard object like a frying pan.

When used as panels, the edges of the MDF are protected within the frame, so this chipping problem is not an issue with MDF panels.

However if the MDF were to be used as frame components, the edges would be exposed and, therefore susceptible to chipping.

The solution to designing a reliable Paint-Grade cabinet door has been to place an MDF panel within a wood frame.

Woods like Poplar and Alder won’t chip, take paint well, and have low dimensional reactions to humidity changes.

These woods are the ideal choice for a Paint-Grade cabinet door frame and MDF is perfect for the panel.

What is a Mitered Cabinet Door and how are they made?

As I explained in the post “What is a Cope and Stick Cabinet Door and How are They Made?”, there are two major categories of Cabinet Doors. These are Solid Slab, or plank doors, and 5-piece doors.

The Slab door is simply several boards edge-glued and trimmed to the desired size.

5-piece cabinet doors are divided into two design categories; Cope and Stick and Mitered.

The 5-piece door is more complex but more reliable and more pleasing in appearance. This is especially true with Mitered doors which offer more moulding choices than Cope and Stick designs.

This post is focused on the Mitered, 5-piece cabinet door.

The drawing below shows a Cope and Stick Cabinet Door and Drawer Front on the left and a Mitered Cabinet Door and Drawer Front on the right. The differences are in the corners and the method of joining the parts of the frame.
The Mitered door has the frame joined at a 45-degree angle while the Cope and Stick door frame is connected at a 90-degree angle.

The five pieces in a Mitered door are the four parts of the frame, called Stiles and Rails. The Stiles are the vertical pieces, or sides of the frame and the Rails are the top and bottom pieces. The fifth piece of the 5-piece door is the panel, which the frame surrounds.

The reason the 5-piece door is more reliable than the Slab door is in the way each design responds to changes in relative humidity.

All woods will expand as humidity increases, and as humidity decreases they will contract. An average width Slab Cabinet Door, being between 14 and 20 inches wide, will expand and contract with humidity cycles over the year by as much as three-sixteenths-inches. Some wood types react more and some less, but three-sixteenths-inches is typical for a Slab door.

While this may not sound like much, it is enough to prevent butt-door pairs from closing during high humidity times and cause a gap between the butt doors of one-half inch in low humidity times.

Here is where the 5-piece design comes to the rescue.

In the 5-piece door the panel is allowed to float within the frame, so during panel expansion the panel edges simply move deeper into the Stiles and during contraction the panel slightly pulls back. The Mitered door is designed with a groove for in the stiles so panel movement is accepted without being noticed.

The top drawing shows an end-view of the stile with a contracted wood (low humidity) panel, while the drawing below shows a humidity-expanded panel. Notice that the panel still reacts dimensionally with changes in humidity but in the 5-piece door this panel movement is absorbed by the groove in the stiles. This design keeps the overall width of the door constant as the relative humidity fluctuates.

With Mitered doors there are several joining methods used across the industry. The newer methods using computerized machinery are more reliable and far more accurate. The blind mortise and tenon method produces an invisible joint that is both stronger and more resistant moisture than earlier joining methods. An example of this blind joint is pictured below.

Mitered Cabinet Door Joint

 

Blind Mortise and Tenon Mitered Cabinet Door Joint 

 

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What is a Cope and Stick Cabinet Door, and how are they made?

Generally speaking there are two major categories of Cabinet Doors.  These are Solid Slab (or plank doors) and 5-piece doors.

The Slab door is simply several boards edge-glued and trimmed to the desired size.

The 5-piece door is more complex but more reliable and more pleasing in appearance.

5-piece cabinet doors are divided into two design categories; Cope and Stick and Mitered.

This post covers the Cope and Stick, 5-piece cabinet door.

Cope & Stick 5 Piece Cabinet Doors

The five pieces in a Cope and Stick door are the four parts of the frame, called Stiles and Rails. The Stiles are the vertical pieces, or sides of the frame and the Rails are the top and bottom pieces. The fifth piece of the 5-piece door is the panel, which the frame surrounds.

The reason the 5-piece door is more reliable than the Slab door is in the way each design responds to changes in relative humidity.

All woods will expand as humidity increases, and as humidity decreases they will contract. An average width Slab Cabinet Door, being between 14 and 20 inches wide, will expand and contract as humidity cycles over the year by as much as three-sixteenths-inches. Some wood types react more and some less, but three-sixteenths-inches is typical for a Slab door.

While this may not sound like much, it is enough to prevent butt-door pairs from closing during high humidity times.

Here is where the 5-piece design comes to the rescue.

In the 5-piece door the panel is allowed to float within the frame, so during panel expansion the panel edges simply move deeper into the Stiles and during contraction the panel slightly pulls back. The Cope and Stick door is designed with a groove for in the stiles so panel movement is accepted without being noticed.

panel float space

panel float space

The top drawing shows an end-view of the stile with a contracted wood (low humidity) panel, while the drawing below shows a humidity-expanded panel. Notice that the panel still reacts dimensionally with changes in humidity but in the 5-piece door this panel movement is absorbed by the groove in the stiles. This design keeps the overall width of the door constant as the relative humidity fluctuates.

Cope and Stick doors differ from the other 5-piece design by the method of joining the frame. This drawing shows the difference between the Mitered joint and the Cope and Stick joint. See the post on What is a Mitered Cabinet Door for more info.

Shop Cope & Stick Cabinet Doors At The Door Stop

Cope and Stick cabinet doors can be priced and ordered online from CabinetDoors.com and Mitered cabinet doors here.

How to prevent damage to unfinished cabinet doors prior to finishing

All unfinished wood products are completely unprotected from damage caused by warping of the wood and splitting from the end-grain.

This warping and splitting is very likely to occur with swings in relative humidity or temperature on any unfinished wood products.

Here are a few tips on how to minimize or prevent these problems when the wood products cannot be properly finished upon delivery.

As soon as possible after delivery, place your new cabinet doors in a temperature controlled space away from direct sunlight.

Make sure that air can circulate all around each door. If the doors are stacked one on top of the other, air will only circulate over the exposed surface of the top door which will allow moisture gain or loss only from that exposed surface. This will cause a moisture mismatch between the face and back of that door, and cause it to warp. If the humidity change is large, end-grain cracking is also likely to occur.

It’s best to avoid stacking the unfinished doors and instead, stand them up and lean them against another surface allowing air to circulate freely around the front and back of each door. This will allow the same level of humidity on both front and back of each door and warping will be prevented.

These precautions will minimize warping problems for a few days but for longer term protection proper sealing and finishing will be necessary.

Some cabinet door finishing tips are available at the CabinetDoors.Com blog.

Cabinetdoors.com is oldest and largest manufacturer of cabinet doors online with over 35 years of experience shipping all across America.

Wholesale Cabinet Doors

The internet has allowed the DIY home-owner access to wholesale cabinet doors direct from the manufacturer, with no middleman to increase the price.

In the past if the DIY home-owner could locate a real manufacturer, he would likely find the manufacturer unwilling to sell his products directly to the home-owner. These manufacturers had tailored  marketing toward home builders and custom cabinet shops, and simply were not interested in a one-time order from a home-owner.

The internet has made selling direct to the home-owner into a profitable side-market by removing the cost of marketing and sales. A well designed website allows the home-owner access to the manufacturers products with no marketing or sales staff to inflate costs. The website allows the customer to select and order the product with no manufacturer assistance required. The website will place the order into the manufacturing schedule and coordinate the shipping, again without any additional marketing or sales costs.

Once manufacturers started to realize that allowing home-owners to purchase their products online, without increasing the size of the marketing and sales staff, the business models started to change.

For the past 18 years The Door Stop has been offering cabinet doors and drawer fronts directly to home-owners through the website CabinetDoors.com.

The sales cost to The Door Stop is actually less that the cost of sales to home builders, so the smaller average-size of the home-owner sales is offset by the marketing savings.

This is the reason The Door Stop started www.cabinetdoors.com and operated the website as a wholesale source of cabinet doors marketed direct to the home-owner.

Wholesale cabinet doors sold factory-direct to the home-owner reduces marketing costs to allow web sales at significant saving to the home-owner. These cost savings typically range between 30% to 50% below the large chain retail stores.

Follow this link to browse our 13 most popular door styles. Just click a door picture, select a wood from the dropdown menu, then enter width and height sizes. The price of your door in that style, wood, and size is instantly shown. No need to list all the door information and send it to us in an email, then wait for our response. All pricing is done on the website. Then, after you have completed and approved your shopping cart, the order is integrated directly into our scheduling computers and into production within hours. Your order will be completed in just 7-to-10 days, packed, and shipped to you by Fedex Ground. Depending on your distance from our factory, shipping time will be from 1-to-5 additional days.

Several websites offer a smaller selection and focus only on the most popular cabinet door styles, like The Cabinet Door Factory. Their selection is limited but quality and customer service is exceptional.

Unfinished Cabinet Doors : How to recognize top quality

Shopping Unfinished Cabinet Doors online has a hidden question; How to recognize top quality?

The large cabinet door manufacturing companies make and supply new cabinet doors to the home building and furniture industry. These are the volume buyers of cabinet doors and they buy the doors unfinished.

There is a significant difference in quality between the large and small manufacturers of cabinet doors that is mostly attributed to economies-of-scale and investment in computerized machinery. The larger manufacturers are able to demand higher quality raw materials because of their purchasing power while smaller manufacturers just don’t spend enough. Computerized machinery investment results in exacting sizing tolerances and sanding processes that produce consistently stain-ready products. Modern computerized machinery, with multi-million dollar investments, is simply beyond the means of smaller manufacturers.

The Internet has made it possible for the DIY home-owner to purchase cabinet doors without buying from a retail chain, but the Internet has also removed the quality assurance that the Retail chain has in place. A flashy website doesn’t guarantee a quality cabinet door, and most large cabinet door manufacturers don’t have flashy websites. In fact, most of the flashy websites don’t even make the doors they sell. They are just middlemen that forward web orders to manufacturers and collect a commission on the sale.

Western Cabinet Doors, Inc is one of the largest manufacturers of cabinet doors in the United States with modern machinery and the buying power to demand high quality raw materials. In the 1996 they launched www.cabinetdoors.com where DIY home-owners could purchase top-quality online with factory-direct pricing.

In 1996 cabinetdoors.com was the only website offering cabinet doors. Today there are hundreds of sites, but most don’t actually make doors. Many buy doors from us and some even buy doors from other sites that buy from us. As you can imagine, the more middlemen in the chain, the higher the price to the end user.

Do your research on the internet and compare prices with cabinetdoors.com. Not only will cabinetdoors.com ship you the highest quality available, you will also pay a lower price. Delivery is a consideration also. We have a manufacturing time of seven-to-tan days and shipping is Fedex.

Take the guesswork out of your DIY project. Use the highest quality doors from the highest rated manufacturer on the web. Cabinetdoors.com has a Better Business Bureau rating of A+ and a 97% customer approval rating.

The Top-13 Unfinished Cabinet Door Styles can be viewed, priced, and ordered here.

Cabinet Door Replacement: The steps from ordering to job completion (long post)

Now that you have made the decision to remodel or reface your kitchen, there are a few steps critical to realizing your goal of making the kitchen the show-place of your home.

Cabinet Door Replacement: The steps from ordering to job completion.

Now that you have made the decision to remodel or reface your kitchen, there are a few steps critical to realizing your goal of making the kitchen the show-place of your home.

An outline of these steps follow and are explained in detail below the outline.
1. Determine whether you want stained or painted cabinets and doors.
2. Select the replacement cabinet door style.
3. Select the wood type for your project.
4. Measure your cabinet openings and calculate the door and drawer front sizes.
5. Select the manufacturer and order your new cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
6. Prepare the cabinet boxes for the new finish.
7. Finish your new doors and fronts to match your refinished cabinet boxes.
8. Hang the new doors and attach the new drawer fronts.

Now, lets go into detail on each of these points.

1. Determine whether you want stained or painted cabinets and doors.
The decision on whether to re-stain or paint has two factors. Removing existing stain and lacquer requires several steps and is more time-consuming than prepping the cabinet boxes to be painted.
This is really a personal opinion issue and it all comes down to a trade-off between the look you are after, the time you are willing to spend, and the amount you wish to spend.
2. Select the replacement cabinet door style.
This step is actually fairly quick and easy. A visit to the local Home Depot will give you an idea of the door types available. For a larger selection Google cabinet door manufactures. The Google search will return mostly websites operated by resellers or middlemen, but you will see a few actual factory-direct manufacturers.
The oldest web supplier, and one of the largest cabinet door manufacturers in America is CabinetDoors.Com.
The factory-direct web suppliers will save you from 30% to 50% off the retail chains and offer much quicker delivery. Keep in mind that the retail chains don’t make the doors they sell, they buy them from the same manufacturers you will find on the internet, increase the price, and sell them to you.
Another step in the door selection process is to select the hinges you will use. Modern hinges are a world apart from the hinges of yesterday. Most are hidden and well made, with a few actually made in America. The Blum line of hinges are made in America and are used by the majority of Custom Cabinet Makers across the country.
The advantage of selecting the hinges while ordering the cabinet doors is that you can have the new doors bored for the hinges and avoid the danger of a drilling error. The web manufacturer will also offer the hinges at a comparable price as the retail chains, but give you a higher quality hinge made in America.

3. Select the wood type for your project.
If you are staining the doors you will want the doors made of the same wood as your cabinets. So the stained boxes and the stained doors will match.
If you are painting then order the cabinet doors in Paint-Grade. Paint-Grade doors will be made of materials that take paint best. Usually this means the doors frame will be made of Poplar and the doors panel will be made of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF).
MDF paints well and is more dimensionally stable than wood, so it is less affected by humidity swings. Because MDF is slightly brittle it is not usually used to make the doors frames, but for the panels it is superior.
A little information about staining difficult woods might help avoid some problems. Maple and Alder are not easy woods to stain because these woods have variable density across each board. This variable density causes the less dense areas to absorb more stain than the harder areas causing a blotched look. Although it is beyond the scope of this article to cover wood dyes, those wishing to stain Maple would be wise to research wood dyes.

4. Measure your cabinet openings and calculate the door and drawer front sizes.
When measuring for new or replacement kitchen cabinet doors, the type of hinge you intend to use will influence the door sizes.
If you plan to use your existing hinges simply measure your existing cabinet doors and order doors of the same sizes. Be sure to order your doors with an outside edge that your existing hinges will fit. If you wish to have us supply the hinges we will insure that the hinges you receive will fit the doors you order.
If you plan to use our Top-Quality, Blum Inserta, Clip-top hinges with 1/2-inch overlay, your hinges will ship with your order.

To insure your new doors are perfectly sized for use with our hinges, the door size measurements are figured as follows:
On single doors simply measure the cabinet’s opening size and add 1-inch to both the width and height. For instance, if the cabinet opening size is 12-inches wide and 24-inches high, the door size will be 13 x 25.

On wider cabinets with two doors (butting in the center), measure the width of the opening, add 1-inch, then divide by 2.
Height is figured the same as for single doors. Just add 1-inch to the opening.
For instance, if the opening is 28 inches wide and 30 inches high, each door width would be 28 + 1 = 29 divided by 2 = 14 1/2-inches wide.

Our Blum hinges have plus/minus 2 millimeters of adjustment which will allow enough side adjustment to have a gap of up to 1/8-inch between the butting doors. If you live in a high humidity climate you may want to subtract an additional 1/16″ from the width of your Butt Doors.

So, don’t be intimidated into thinking it’s difficult to figure door sized from openings. Just take the measurements and order the door style of your choice…of give us a call and we’ll talk you through the entire process.

5. Select the manufacturer and order your new cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
The internet has made it possible to find sources for the do-it-yourself re-modeler to buy custom sizes of cabinet doors.

The majority of Cabinet Door Websites don’t actually make the doors they sell, and because they need to make a profit, they price the doors on their website higher than you will pay if you can find the actual manufacturer.

Way back in the mid 1990′s Western Cabinet Doors, Inc launched the first website offering custom sized cabinet doors on the internet. Western Cabinet Doors is a large manufacturer of Cabinet Doors, supplying hundreds of styles of doors to thousands of Home Builders, Custom Cabinet Shops, and Furniture Manufactures across the United States.

Today you can purchase their products on CabinetDoors.Com and choose from hundreds of door styles in dozens of wood types. You cab browse all the cabinet door possibilities and price your new doors by entering your custom sizes and choosing your wood. Even the cost of Fedex shipping to your home is shown before you enter your credit card.

Compare the prices of other websites and the big-box stores to ours. Not only will you save 30% to 50% but you will get the same quality and guarantee we supply to luxury home builders across the country.

Our quality is superior, our product is made in the United States, and our production time is between 7-and-10 days.

Whether you want traditional cabinet doors, mitered doors, Raised Panel doors, or specialty doors, we make the largest selection in the industry and we have been supplying thousands of users for over 35 years.

Cabinetdoors.com is not just a website re-marketing cabinet doors, we are the manufacturer and we stand behind our product.

6. Prepare the cabinet boxes for the new finish.
Cleaning, sanding, and painting:
While painting existing cabinets is much easier and faster than staining, there are still some critical steps that are necessary to obtaining a professional finish.
Here are some tried and true rules of thumb that relate to painting Kitchen Cabinet Doors.

* The first is the “prep-prep-prep” rule. That means that every hour spent preparing the cabinet box or cabinet door for painting saves two hours in repainting.

* The second is the 5-F’s rule. This rule is “Fine Finishers Finish Firewood First”. It simply means that experimenting with your finish on scrap wood can prevent ruining a door with a failed finishing attempt.

* The third is always break all sharp edges with fine sandpaper before painting. Sharp edges will not hold paint and will give the dried paint an unpainted spot to absorb moisture.

* The forth is to keep in mind that all wood types will expand and contract with changes in humidity. The paint will slow these humidity-caused wood movements, but no paint is totally moisture-proof, and paint will not stop the movements. This humidity-movement of wood presents another potential issue for the painted cabinet door. When the paint dries, it will no longer have the elasticity to move with the wood; so it will crack, usually along the glue joints where the Stiles & Rails join.

* The fifth relates to the hardness of the paint-grade wood. The softer the wood, the more easily it will dent, if hit with a pot or frying pan. The dent in the wood may be slight and hardly noticeable, but dried paint doesn’t dent without cracking. The weakest link in any painted cabinet door is not the door. Regardless of the wood type used, the weakest link is always the paint.

* The sixth practice covers the method of application of the paint. The desired look from painting a cabinet door is usually a high gloss finish, similar to the finish on a piano. A finish of this quality will certainly require a highly experienced finishing professional, and a dust-free spray booth. This doesn’t mean you can’t achieve an excellent finish, but it does mean you won’t get this piano-finish with a paint brush in your driveway. To get a professional looking finish you will need to spray-on the paint. Not from a Krylon can, but from an compressed-air, or airless, spray painting system.

Now for the step-by-step process I’ve learned through years of both success and a few failures.

 

Lets get started by working through the process step-by-step.

This process covers both the cabinet boxes and the cabinet doors. Because the doors are more critical these instructions focus mostly on doors, but apply to the boxes as well.
Lay the door on a flat surface and lightly sand the door with a flexible-foam sanding sponge (I like the 3M sanding block sponges best) or 220-grit sandpaper. Be sure to sand “with the wood grain” on the front, back, and sides.

Remove any residual grit with a clean cloth (tack cloth is best) or a vacuum.

Next comes what is probably the most important step in the entire process. Sealing and priming the wood.

The priming coat, is also called a sealing coat, or a Sealing indicating coat. These are essentially the same thing. It’s purpose is to seal the wood so that the final paint will adhere evenly and also make it easy to spot uneven areas in the wood while it’s still easy to correct the blemish. Primer can be applied by brush or roller. I like to use a roller for the bigger areas followed by a good quality brush for smoothing and painting the finer details on the cabinet doors. You won’t need the $25 brush but don’t get the $1 brush either. Expect to pay $6-$10 for a good, fine-bristle brush. Try not to get paint all over the brush, dipping only about 1/2″ to 1″ into the paint is best. Also, between coats you can place the brush in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out, and avoid cleaning it until the end of each day.

Any hardware or paint store will have a wide selection of sealer/primer and paint for your doors. Be sure and match the primer with the paint you plan to use. If you are going to use latex (water based) paint, use a latex primer. If using an oil based paint, use an oil based primer. Also try to use a primer with a drying time of 30 minutes or less. White primer works best because it will show the uneven areas of the door better. This allows you to spot (and correct) the areas that need filling before painting.

Once the first coat of primer is dry you will be able to see some small, uneven areas, scratches, or dents in the wood. Now it’s time for the filler. This is the most important step in obtaining that perfect painted finish.

All hardwoods have voids, which cannot be seen until it is primed. I use a filler to fill all of these spots. The two types of filler I’ve used with success are Bondo 907 Glazing and Spot Putty and Elmer’s Wood Filler Max White. The Bondo putty works best, mainly because it is an orange color than makes it easier to see where you have filled. The Elmer’s is white. Fillers must be sanded smooth after drying and then sealed with primer before painting to prevent the color from bleeding through.

After filling, sand the filled areas (use the 3M sponge to keep your fingers from sanding dips in the filled areas), wipe the dust off, and apply one last primer coat.

When the primer has dried, give the doors a light sanding and wipe them clean of any dust. If the final inspection doesn’t show any unfilled scratches or small voids, you are ready to paint.

Now comes the actual painting, which is actually the easiest phase of the project. But without going through the priming-sanding-filling-priming process, there would be little chance of obtaining a truly great painted cabinet door.

Using the same technique you used with the primer–roller for the large areas, and paint brush to smooth and paint the smaller and detailed areas–apply your paint to the doors.

There is no need to sand between paint coats but it is a good idea to insure there is no dried paint on the brush that could work its way into your finish on the following coats.

Although the finish may look good after one coat of paint, two coats are normally applied to assure durability of the finish. Just follow the directions on your paint (and primer) and follow the drying time recommendations.

Here is a link to the CabinetDoors.Com Blog where you will find several other posts on finding, sizing, ordering, painting, and staining Unfinished Replacement Kitchen Cabinet Doors.

7. Finish your new doors and fronts to match your refinished cabinet boxes.
Stripping and re-staining:
Because new raw-wood cabinet doors won’t require any stripping and only minimal touch-up sanding, most of the refinishing work is avoided.
To start the staining process I prefer minwax. Minwax makes a good selection of stains which are super easy to apply. Once you have selected your stain choice just follow the directions on the can. Stains are forgiving so don’t worry about a disaster. A tip is to stain the backs of a few drawer fronts first. This allows you to experiment in an area that won’t be seen.
After the staining is completed it’s time to apply the lacquer. Again Minwax offers a large selection. Minwax Polyurethane is a good choice to go over the Minwax stains. Another tip; use the Polyurethane from a can and not the spray cans. The caned Polyurethane covers much better and makes a mush smoother finish.
It’s important when finishing the doors to apply equal Polyurethane to all sides of the doors. Unequal coverage will result in uneven moisture absorption or loss and will contribute to future warping.

8. Hang the new doors and attach the new drawer fronts.
The process of hanging the cabinet doors is actually straight forward. I’ve found it useful to attach a straight piece of wood to the bottom of the cabinet to rest the door on while aligning the hinge mounting bracket for drilling. Just clamp the straight edge so the door bottom will extend 1/2-inch below the cabinet opening. Using a long straight edge will insure all the doors are perfectly aligned.

Here is a useful video showing the hanging of canceled hinge cabinet doors.

Custom Cabinet Doors: Where to find them and How to buy online

Where to find Custom Cabinet Doors and How to safely buy them online

Custom Cabinet Doors are not the off-the-shelf doors found at retail hardware stores. The Hardware store doors are the most common, lowest quality doors intended for the handyman building a few low-end cabinets for the laundry room.

The custom door will come from an American Manufacturer and not be imported from India or China. The American Manufacturer will offer a large selection to choose from, and will make any size you need. Sizes can be ordered in 1/16th inch steps and in virtually any wood you want.

Most of the websites offering custom cabinet doors don’t actually make the doors they sell, they just take your order and place it with an actual manufacturer. Of course they increase the price enough to make a profit, but the doors you receive will be American made and usually of good quality.

Over the past few years a few actual manufacturers have started offering their products factory-direct on websites. The advantage to finding the actual manufacturer is that you avoid paying the middleman markup and have a guarantee from the manufacturing company, instead of a guarantee from the middleman.

The Custom Cabinet Door manufacturing company with the oldest and largest online presence is CabinetDoors.Com, a division of Western Cabinet Doors, Inc. They have been in the business of making cabinet doors for home builders, custom cabinet shops, and furniture manufacturers for 35+ years and have been offering their doors on the web since the mid 1990’s.

Cabinetdoors.com lets the remodeler see detailed pictures of the doors and allows ordering on the website. You simply select the door style you want, select the wood type, enter the quantity, width, and height, and the price is shown. Add that door selection to the shopping cart and enter your next size door. You will see the door list with the running total. There is even a button which will show the shipping charges as the order progresses.

You will know the total cost of the doors and drawer fronts, as well as the total shipping before you complete the process and enter your credit card information. Your privacy and security is assured through encrypted order processing and your piece of mind is guaranteed by our Better Business Bureau A+ rating.

Cabinetdoors.com continues to lead in overall quality while saving the remodeler more than 30% off the hardware retail store prices. Delivery is another benefit from buying factory-direct. Our manufacturing time is 7-10 days so your doors will be completed and delivered well before the retail chain even finished the paperwork.

Kitchen Cabinet Doors Only : How to Buy online and stain or paint them

Replacing your Cabinet Doors is a relatively quick project that will make a dramatic change in the overall look of your kitchen. New kitchen cabinet doors that are Made in America offer durability and reliability that will last generations.

Buying only the unfinished cabinet doors gives you almost unlimited options toward obtaining the finish and overall look you are seeking.

The internet allows end users to place their own orders factory-direct, cut out the middleman’s profit, receive American Made Quality, and save 30% under the big-box retail store price.

When you are ready to compare prices and quality on replacement kitchen cabinet doors, visit the big-box retailer then visit www.cabinetdoors.com. Now you can actually see the middleman and retail markup and you can actually keep those markups yourself.

Cabinetdoors.com is the web sales division of Western Cabinet Doors. A company 35+ years manufacturing cabinet doors and an A+ Better Business Bureau Rating.

Visit our company Blog to read dozens of articles on Kitchen Refacing, painting kitchen cabinet doors, which woods paint best and which to avoid when painting cabinet doors, and finishing with lacquer or polyurethane.

Kitchen Cabinet Doors: Online and Made in America

Refacing your kitchen cabinets with new Cabinet Doors that are Made in America is easier than ever before.

 while there are several websites selling kitchen cabinet doors, very few of those websites actually make the doors they sell. The secret to their web business is that they know who the manufacturers are and have set up drop-shipping agreements with them. They take your order on their website and foreword it to the manufacturer, who fills the order and ships it directly to the buyer. The website owner is the ultimate middleman. He simply adds his profit to the manufacturers and emails your order to the manufacturer.

If the end user could find out who the actual manufacturer was, his costs could be cut by over 30%.

Well, the internet allows end users to place their own orders factory-direct, cut out the middleman’s profit, receive American Made Quality, and save 30% under the big-box retail store price.

When you are ready to compare prices and quality on replacement kitchen cabinet doors, visit the big-box retailer then visit www.cabinetdoors.com. Now you can actually see the middleman and retail markup and you can actually keep those markups yourself.

Cabinetdoors.com is the web sales division of Western Cabinet Doors. A company 35+ years manufacturing cabinet doors and an A+ Better Business Bureau Rating.

Wholesale Cabinet Doors

Wholesale Cabinet Doors can be found on the web at higher quality than retail chains and at lower prices.

The internet has allowed the DIY home-owner access to cabinet doors direct from the manufacturer.

In the past if the DIY home-owner could locate a real manufacturer, he would likely find the manufacturer unwilling to sell his products directly to the home-owner. These manufacturers had tailored  marketing toward home builders and custom cabinet shops, and simply were not interested in a one-time order from a home-owner.

The internet has made selling direct to the home-owner into a profitable side-market by removing the cost of marketing and sales. A well designed website allows the home-owner access to the manufacturers products with no marketing or sales staff to inflate costs. The website allows the customer to select and order the product with no manufacturer assistance required. The website will place the order into the manufacturing schedule and coordinate the shipping, again without any additional marketing or sales costs.

Once manufacturers started to realize that allowing home-owners to purchase their products online, without increasing the size of the marketing and sales staff, the business models started to change.

For the past 18 years The Door Stop has been offering cabinet doors and drawer fronts directly to home-owners through the website CabinetDoors.com.

The sales cost to The Door Stop is actually less that the cost of sales to home builders, so the smaller average-size of the home-owner sales is offset by the marketing savings.

This is the reason The Door Stop started www.cabinetdoors.com and operated the website as a wholesale source of cabinet doors marketed direct to the home-owner.

Wholesale cabinet doors sold factory-direct to the home-owner reduces marketing costs to allow web sales at significant saving to the home-owner. These cost savings typically range between 30% to 50% below the large chain retail stores.

Follow this link to browse our 13 most popular door styles. Just click a door picture, select a wood from the dropdown menu, then enter width and height sizes. The price of your door in that style, wood, and size is instantly shown. No need to list all the door information and send it to us in an email, then wait for our response. All pricing is done on the website. Then, after you have completed and approved your shopping cart, the order is integrated directly into our scheduling computers and into production within hours. Your order will be completed in just 7-to-10 days, packed, and shipped to you by Fedex Ground. Depending on your distance from our factory, shipping time will be from 1-to-5 additional days.

Kitchen Cabinet Doors: How to buy online and get better quality

Many folks have told us about their search for kitchen cabinet doors at big-box and major hardware retail stores. They tell us about shopping but leaving very disappointed with the quality of the cabinet doors those retailers offer.

The fact is that major retailers can’t make the profit margins they require by offering a top-quality product, so they purchase lower quality (at a lower price) and advertise it in their stores.

The internet has made it possible to bypass the retail store and eliminate the retail store markup. By simply running a Google search for Cabinet Door Manufacturers, you can locate the actual company that makes the cabinet doors. Most times the manufacturers you locate are also the suppliers to the major retailers. The difference will be the quality; the retailers buy a thin, lower quality, lower priced door. You will not even see those low quality doors, Instead, you will be buying their top quality product; the same product they offer to professional cabinet makers and custom home builders.

One of the largest Custom Cabinet Door Manufacturers in the country, and the first door manufacturer to offer their products to home-owners from a website is CabinetDoors.Com.

 Cabinetdoors.com has been supplying kitchen cabinet doors to Custom Cabinet Makers, Custom Home Builders, and Furniture Manufacturers for over 35 years. And, for the past 20 years our cabinet doors have been available on our website.

Yes, we offer our products Factory-direct to home-owners and do-it-yourself re-modelers. You can order from a selection of hundreds of door styles in dozens of wood types, and in any custom sizes you need. The pricing is shown as you enter the sizes and even the Fedex shipping is shown before you enter your payment information. No hidden charges, manufacturing time is just 7-to-10 working days, quality is far superior to the doors carried by retailers, and your cabinet doors will be made in America with a solid guarantee backed by a solid American company.

Kitchen Cabinet Doors are made in Traditional Cope and Stick designs, Mitered designs, Glass Frames, Arched or Square, even Glass Frames with four or six lights.

Nobody makes a wider selection that Cabinetdoors.com and nobody beats our Better Business Bureau Rating of A+.

Browse our website and see the quality and lower prices for yourself. You will receive a higher quality product and save 30% to 50% off the Big-Box pricing.

Unfinished Cabinet Doors: How and Where to buy

The internet has made it possible to find sources for the do-it-yourself re-modeler to buy unfinished cabinet doors in any size, and do the finishing yourself.

 The majority of Cabinet Door Websites don’t actually make the doors they sell. They take your order and then buy your doors from an actual manufacturer. That middleman type of operation is being replaced by actual manufacturers offering their products factory-direct on the internet.

Because the Custom Cabinet Shops and Home Builders want to offer unlimited color options, they always do the final finishing themselves. So, unfinished doors are what the large manufacturers offer.

That gives the do-it-yourself remodeler an opportunity to save about 50% by finishing the cabinet doors himself.

Way back in the mid 1990’s Western Cabinet Doors, Inc launched the first website offering custom sized unfinished cabinet doors on the internet.

Western Cabinet Doors is a large manufacturer of Cabinet Doors, supplying hundreds of styles of doors to thousands of Home Builders, Custom Cabinet Shops, and Furniture Manufactures across the United States.

Today you can purchase their products on CabinetDoors.Com and choose from hundreds of door styles in dozens of wood types. You can browse all the cabinet door possibilities and price your new doors by entering your custom sizes and choosing your wood. Even the cost of Fedex shipping to your home is shown before you enter your credit card.

Compare the prices of other websites and the big-box stores to ours. Not only will you save 30% to 50% but you will get the same quality and guarantee we supply to luxury home builders across the country.

Our quality is superior, our product is made in the United States, and our production time is between 7-and-10 days.

Whether you want traditional cabinet doors, mitered doors, arched doors, or specialty doors, we make the largest selection in the industry and we have been supplying thousands of users for over 35 years.

Cabinetdoors.com is not just a website re-marketing cabinet doors, we are the manufacturer and we stand behind our product.

Cabinet Doors Online Factory Direct

Cabinet Doors Online: How and Where to buy

The internet has made it possible to find sources for the do-it-yourself re-modeler to buy custom sizes of cabinet doors.

The majority of Cabinet Door Websites don’t actually make the doors they sell, and because they need to make a profit, they price the doors on their website higher than you will pay if you can find the actual manufacturer.

Way back in the mid 1990’s Western Cabinet Doors, Inc launched the first website offering custom sized cabinet doors on the internet. Western Cabinet Doors is a large manufacturer of Cabinet Doors, supplying hundreds of styles of doors to thousands of Home Builders, Custom Cabinet Shops, and Furniture Manufactures across the United States.

Today you can purchase their products on CabinetDoors.Com and choose from hundreds of door styles in dozens of wood types. You cab browse all the cabinet door possibilities and price your new doors by entering your custom sizes and choosing your wood. Even the cost of Fedex shipping to your home is shown before you enter your credit card.

Compare the prices of other websites and the big-box stores to ours. Not only will you save 30% to 50% but you will get the same quality and guarantee we supply to luxury home builders across the country.

Our quality is superior, our product is made in the United States, and our production time is between 7-and-10 days.

Whether you want traditional cabinet doorsmitered doorsRaised Panel doors, or specialty doors, we make the largest selection in the industry and we have been supplying thousands of users for over 35 years.

Cabinetdoors.com
 is not just a website re-marketing cabinet doors, we are the manufacturer and we stand behind our product.

How to choose the best replacement unfinished kitchen cabinet doors at the lowest cost

It’s actually easy to find the best cabinet doors available online.

Just ask yourself a series of straight foreword questions.

1. Am I more likely to find superior quality from an established cabinet door factory or from a handyman making cabinet doors on the side?

2. Would I expect to see better quality from a source with a machinery investment of millions of dollars or a small supplier with a much smaller machinery investment?

3. Do I believe that a large supplier buying lumber by the railcar pays less for lumber than a small supplier?

4. Do I believe that a railcar customer is able to demand better lumber quality than a small customer?

5. Do I believe that a larger cabinet door supplier is able to utilize economies of scale to lower costs through volume purchasing and the increased productivity of automated computerized machinery?

6 Is it reasonable to believe that with much lower overall costs, the larger cabinet door manufacturer also offers lower prices?

Answering “Yes” to these questions can lead you to several internet sources that can, and will, save you between 30% and 50% on tour replacement kitchen doors.

Once you have determined that you now have a choice, and I don’t mean just a choice between the various retail hardware stores. You now have a choice between a retail store and the actual manufacturer.

Yes, you now have a choice of buying retail from the hardware store, or buying online directly from the factory that supplied the hardware store. The best way to see the difference in prices is to visit the hardware store and see the prices, then visit www.cabinetdoors.com and see what the actual manufacturer charges.

Make the comparison and do the math. The savings will shock you.

How to find and buy New Replacement Cabinet Doors Cheap

One of the best ways to find a great deal on anything is to find the actual manufacturer and buy the product directly from him. The problem is that not many manufacturers want to sell direct to the end user, they want to sell in much higher volumes to retail stores.

They don’t want to increase their sales staff to handle the number of smaller orders that home owners would require.

Most manufacturers have not addressed the concept of marketing directly to the end user since the internet has exploded, but a few have.

Manufacturers that offer to sell direct to the consumer have realized that developing a successful webpage is not an increased sales cost. It’s actually a cost-reducing option. Salesmen are paid whether they are busy filling orders or drinking coffee, while a website costs much less. While it’s true that a complex website will cost tens, or hundreds of dollars to produce, the costs to maintain and operate are significantly lower than managing a large sales staff.

That’s why we are offering our Custom Cabinet Doors directly to consumers online.

The question of cost to the end user boils down to this…

Retail and Big-Box stores have large sales staffs and expensive retail stores to pay for.

The manufacturer is a factory with a website.

Who do you think has lower costs?

The retail store doesn’t buy direct from the factory, he buys from a distributor. The Distributor buys from the factory, adds his profit and sells the product to the Retail Store…who marks it up again then sells it to the end user.

Who do you think has lower costs?

Someday most manufacturers will start to offer their products online but you don’t have to wait until that someday.

You can order top-quality Replacement Cabinet Doors today from CabinetDoors.Com and pay just a little over half what you will pay at a retail or Big-Box store.

Click this picture to price and order from our most popular Unfinished Replacement Cabinet Doors.

Our Most Popular Cabinet Doors

Our Most Popular Cabinet Doors

How to order Shaker Kitchen Cabinet Doors online

The Shaker cabinet door is by-far the most popular (by volume produced) cabinet door in the last 300 years. It was popular three hundred years ago and it’s still popular today.

The design of the Shaker is simple, clean, and extremely durable. Shaker doors use Cope & Stick joinery and are produced in every wood type.

CabinetDoors.Com manufactures Shaker doors in 12 wood types with a production time of 7 working days, and we ship daily to every state in the U.S.

We are the leading manufacturer of Custom Cabinet Doors online and we manufacturer Shaker doors in any custom size the home-owner may need.

To order the Shaker door simply just click here, or visit CabinetDoors.Com, select the picture labeled “Cope & Stick Cabinet Doors”, and click the picture labeled “Shaker”.
This will open our Shaker order page.
Next select the wood type you want from the “Please Select Wood Specie” pull-down menu. The prices in the pull-down menu are the per-square-foot prices for the Shaker Door in each wood type.
Next type the size you need in the width and height boxes and the price for the Shaker door in the wood you have selected will display.
Type the quantity of that door size you need into the Quantity box and click the “Add to Cart” button.
Your Shopping Cart will be created and each new door size and quantity will automatically update your cart.
When you have completed your order just follow the checkout instructions and submit your order.
All your credit card information is fully encrypted and processed through the industry leader, Authorize.net.
Your order will go onto our production floor within 8 hours and will be completed and packaged for shipment within 7-to-10 working days.

We make and deliver more Kitchen Cabinet Doors through our website than any other door manufacturer and we have been working on the web longer than any other cabinet door website in the country. We have a Better Business Bureau rating of A+, and a customer review rating of 4+stars.

We guarantee our products and stand behind them.
See why we have shipped millions of cabinet doors into all 50 states and why we supply custom cabinet makers and luxury home builders with their continuing cabinet door needs.

Browse other Blog posts for tips on finding, measuring, ordering, finishing, and hanging new replacement kitchen cabinet doors here at CabinetDoors.Com/Blog/

How to find Top-Quality Replacement Kitchen Cabinet Doors

The most serious problem to overcome in purchasing a high quality kitchen cabinet door is to locate a source of custom cabinet doors as opposed to the lower quality modular doors. Here are the differences between the custom and modular marketing models, and how the two approaches will affect the end consumer.

The hardware retail chain (selling modular doors) will forward your order to the stocking warehouse where the doors in your order will be pulled. The doors are then packaged and shipped to the retail store placing the order. This process usually takes 15-to-20 working days.
The modular doors will typically be thinner, use lower quality materials, and come in standard widths with 3-inch increments. These are the doors available through the hardware store chains and most internet websites.
Custom doors, on the other hand, can be ordered direct from the manufacturer in any width and height and in sizing increments of 1/16-inch. They can also be ordered in hundreds of door styles while the modular doors typically come in two or three styles.
The reason for the 3-inch increments and reduced style selection offered by the hardware chains relates to inventory investment. It’s much less costly to stock a few dozen door sizes than to stock the thousands of door sizes that would be required when offering true custom sizing.
Custom cabinet doors, on the other hand, are made by the door manufacturer and shipped directly to the consumer. There is no inventory to keep, all orders are made to order. There is no stocking warehouse to add cost and no retail store time delay or profit margin. The manufacturer will typically offer dozens (or even hundreds) of door styles and each of these styles is available in any wood type, where the hardware chain can offer only a few wood types.
The real benefit to the consumer is the quality of the doors. Because the Custom door manufacturer routinely processes hundreds of custom sized orders each day for cabinet shops all over the country, any web orders are easily added into the days production run. This web order is treated no differently than any other order from cabinet makers, remodelers, or kitchen designers everywhere. The quality supplied to these cabinet professionals is the same quality the web purchaser receives.
Other benefits to the consumer are the cost and the delivery time. The only added expense to the manufacturer is the cost of operating the website, which is considerably less that the hardware chain’s cost of operating a stocking warehouse and the retail chain’s required profit margin. So the cost difference is significant; Custom doors from the manufacturer’s website will be available in any custom size, cost about 30% less than hardware chain’s modular doors, be delivered in about half the time, and be of the quality a professional cabinet maker would expect.
When buying from the manufacturer’s website your order will be produced and delivered to your home in 8-15 working days (depending upon shipping distance from the factory).
These are the differences between what you will receive from the chain retailers and what is supplied direct from the manufacturer’s website.
It’s easy to see the value offered to the consumer as more actual manufacturers start to offer their products to the savvy web consumer.
If you would like to see the products offered by the oldest and largest manufacturer of custom replacement kitchen cabinet doors on the web please follow this link to CabinetDoors.Com.

 

How Replacement Kitchen Cabinet Doors are made

Basically there are three designs if cabinet doors; these are Slab (or Plank), Cope & Stick and Mitered.
Slab, or Plank doors are simply edge-glued strips of wood. Slab doors are very susceptible to warping and twisting caused by variations in humidity. Most cabinet door manufacturers don’t offer Slab doors for the reasons stated, but some small, local cabinet makers still make this door style. Sometimes “look-alike” Slab doors are made of laminated MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) and offered as Slab doors. These doors overcome the slab’s tendency to warp but have a plastic-like look along with all the negatives of MDF.

Cope & Stick doors are the oldest of the 5-piece cabinet door designs. They have been manufactured for several hundred years and are still popular today.
Cope & Stick doors consist of a frame made up of two stiles (the vertical side pieces), two rails (the horizontal top and bottom pieces), and the center panel. Those two stiles, two rails, and panel make up the components of the 5-piece cabinet door.
By using various machining methods and cutter profiles Cope & Stick doors can be manufactured in literally millions of design variations. A large door manufacturer may have 40 different Stile Cuts, 40 Panel Cuts, and 60 outside edge designs. When multiplied by several hundred different style possibilities, twenty wood types, and the various arch possibilities, the permutations multiply to many millions of unique door designs.
The most recognizable of the Cope & Stick door designs from the 1700’s is probably the Shaker Cabinet Door, which is actually still very popular today.

Mitered Cabinet Doors are also 5-piece doors with a different method of attaching the stiles and rails. Mitered rails attach to the stiles at a 45-degree angle, while Cope & Stick stiles attach to the rails at a 90-degree angle. Examples of Cope & Stick and Mitered cabinet doors can be seen on our site, CabinetDoors.Com.
With the invention of computer controlled mitering machinery, mitered doors have dramatically increased in dependability and popularity. Computerized machining allows for a mortise & tenon joining method that produces mitered joints that are as durable and tight as cope & stick joints. This dependability improvement, coupled with the greater design options have accounted for the steady growth in mitered door popularity.
Today, properly machined mitered doors are even more sturdy and reliable than cope & stick doors. Also, because of the increased productivity provided by the CNC Mitering machinery, mitered door prices are now equal to, or lower than comparable cope & stick doors.
See the CabinetDoors.Com Blog.

How to buy Top Quality Replacement Kitchen Cabinet Doors and save money

By Jim Hill August 22, 2014

The issue of saving money on any manufactured item is really very simple: The more middlemen that are involved in the process, the more the item gets marked-up.

The normal path any item takes to the final consumer is from the manufacturer to the Stocking Distributor, to a Wholesaler, to a Retail Store, and finally to the end user.

Each of these middlemen must increase the price by enough to cover his costs and add his profit.
Consider an average mark-up of 20% at the Stocking Distributor, another 20% at the Wholesaler, and 40%-50% at the Retail Store. This translates into roughly doubling the cost of the manufactured product.

If there was a way to remove or reduce the middleman mark-up the end user could save some serious money.

Well, there is a way to remove the costly middlemen from the market chain: the Internet.

To be honest, buying directly from the manufacturer from his website won’t cut the retail price in half. This is because some of the functions handled by Wholesalers and Retailers must now be handled by the manufacturer himself, and these functions create a cost to the manufacturer.
For instance, the manufacturer usually ships to very few wholesalers but in very large volumes. When selling from a website the manufacturer must now sell his product in much lower volumes and to many more users. Both lower volume per shipment and more total shipments have an added cost to the manufacturer, and he must pass this added cost on.

There are a few other cost adders that the manufacturer must absorb, like adding additional customer service and order processing employees.
These added expenses add cost but nowhere near the 100% mark-up the long supply chain added.

The bottom line is that retail stores hate the internet and go to great expense to keep their retail customers from finding which manufacturers sell to the public through websites.
Why would Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, etc. spend many millions each month on Google Advertising to get their websites listed at the very top of Google’s search result pages? The answer is that they don’t want you to look at the organic (non-paid) search results where the actual manufacturers webpages will offer the same products at 20% to 40% less.

CabinetDoors.Com is one of those manufacturers. We sell our extensive lines of Kitchen Cabinet Doors direct to the end user at about 30% less than the same door available from the big-box stores. Not only cheaper but with a 10-day delivery as apposed to 4-to-6-weeks delivery through the retail supply chain.

Another interesting aspect of buying direst is that the product you receive from the manufacturer is not only less expensive and delivered much faster, it’s usually the same product you would receive from the big-box retailer. Where do you think the big retailers get their products? They certainly don’t make them; They don’t make anything…They are just another middleman in the retail chain moving the manufacturers products to the end user.

So if you are ready for new or replacement kitchen cabinet doors, why not save some money and speed-up the process by looking at CabinetDoors.Com.

The Internet is here to stay and it is presenting end users with a choice they have never had before; a choice of keeping with the old method of supporting the supply chain, or by-passing the chain and moving into the future of manufactured goods marketing.

How to find Top Quality Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Trying to find high quality kitchen cabinet doors for your cabinet refacing project can be very difficult. Unless you know where to look. Knowing where some cabinet door manufacturers save money is the key to being able to spot quality.

One of the areas where manufacturing money is saved is in the thickness of the replacement cabinet door. Because hardwood lumber is sole by the board-foot (which is a volume measurement), thinner wood means lower cost. So, if the manufacturer cuts the thickness of his cabinet doors down to 3/4-inch or even thinner, he saves between 10% and 22% on his wood costs. Because most replacement cabinet door customers don’t even think about how thick a cabinet door should be, this deception usually goes unnoticed.
The home-owner, however, will notice the problems with the “thin” door. Thin doors are more prone to warping, more easily damaged, and tend to close with an annoying “Clank” as opposed to the “solid Thud” of a thicker door.

Most “Modular Cabinets” being marketed today are made in China and will have cabinet doors at-or-below 3/4″ thickness. Many American manufacturers of replacement cabinet doors also use thin wood for their doors.

There are still some American Kitchen Cabinet Door manufacturers that haven’t sacrificed quality by going to the thin woods, and here are links to a few.

Cabinetdoors.com is the oldest cabinet door manufacturer on the web and makes cabinet doors at a plump 13/16″. These doors are much more stout than the thin 5/8 or 3/4-inch import doors and will actually weigh 25-30% more than the thin Modular Cabinet doors. But, the most interesting part is that these doors cost the same or less than the Chinese imports. Cabinetdoors.com is well reviewed and Better Business Bureau rated A+. The main reason for the lower cost is that cabinetdoors.com sell factory direct off their website while the imports sell through middlemen and retail outlets like IKEA and Big Box Stores.

Several internet websites buy doors from Cabinetdoors.com and mark then up on their webpages, and even these websites are less expensive than the Big Box stores.

Another website making thick doors is cabinetdoorfactory.com. They have been in business for several decades and make a fine product.

Cimino’s Cabinet Doors, in Northern California also makes top quality full-thickness doors.

How to order Kitchen Cabinet Doors of the correct sizes for your cabinets.

1 August, 2014 BY JIM HILL

The sizes of replacement cabinet doors will depend upon the answers to a few easy questions.

Question 1. What door style and wood type are you considering?
There are hundreds of door styles to choose from. The major categories are divided by assembly method; Cope and Stick or Mitered. 

 Here is an example of the Cope & Stick assembly method: 

Here is an example of the Mitered assembly method:

Another part of the “Door Style” question is whether you prefer Raised Panel or Inset (recessed)Panel doors.
Both Raised and Inset Panel doors are available with either the Cope & Stick and the Mitered assembly methods. Here are some example pictures: 

The two pictures on the Left are examples of Cope & Stick, The first door is our Shaker Inset Panel door, and the second door is our Revere Raised Panel door. The two doors on the right are Mitered with the third being our Wilmington Inset Panel door. The forth door is our Delaware Raised Panel door.
Each of the cabinet doors we make are available in any wood type we offer.

Question 2. Are you replacing existing cabinet doors and reusing your existing hinges?
In this case simply measure the doors you are replacing and order new doors of the same sizes.

Question 3. Are you replacing both your existing doors and having us bore hinge cups for new Blum Concealed Hinges and supply those hinges?
If you plan to use our Top-Quality, Blum Inserta, Clip-top hinges with 1/2-inch overlay, your hinges will ship with your order.
To insure your new doors are perfectly sized for use with our hinges, the door size measurements are figured as follows:
On single doors simply measure the opening size and add 1-inch to both the width and height. For instance, if the cabinet opening size is 12-inches wide and 24-inches high, the door size will be 13 x 25.
On wider cabinets with two doors (butting in the center), measure the width of the opening, add 1-inch, then divide by 2. Height is figured the same as for single doors. Just add 1-inch to the height opening. For instance, if the opening is 28 inches wide and 30 inches high, each doors width would be 28 + 1 = 29 divided by 2 = 14 1/2-inches wide. The door height would be the 30-inch opening height plus 1-inch, for a door height of 31 inches.

Our Blum hinges have plus/minus 2 millimeters of adjustment which will allow enough side adjustment to have a gap of up to 1/8-inch between the butting doors. If you live in a high humidity climate you may want to subtract an additional 1/16″ from the width of your Butt Doors.

So, don’t be intimidated into thinking it’s difficult to figure door sizes from openings. Just take the measurements, work the arithmetic, and order the door style of your choice…or give us a call and we’ll talk you through the entire process.

How to measure for raplacement cabinet doors

28 July, 2014 BY JIM HILL

When measuring for new kitchen cabinet doors or replacement cabinet doors, the type of hinge you intend to use will influence the door sizes.

If you intend to use your existing hinges simply measure your existing cabinet doors and order doors of the same sizes.

If you plan to use our Top-Quality, Blum Inserta, Clip-top hinges with 1/2-inch overlay, your hinges will ship with your order. To insure your new doors are perfectly sized for use with our hinges, the door size measurements are figured as follows:
On single doors simply measure the opening size and add 1-inch to both the width and height. For instance, if the cabinet opening size is 12-inches wide and 24-inches high, the door size will be 13 x 25.

On wider cabinets with two doors (butting in the center), measure the width of the opening, add 1-inch, then divide by 2.
Height is figured the same as for single doors. Just add 1-inch to the opening.
For instance, if the opening is 28 inches wide and 30 inches high, each door width would be 28 + 1 = 29 divided by 2 = 14 1/2-inches wide.

Our Blum hinges have plus/minus 2 millimeters of adjustment which will allow enough side adjustment to have a gap of up to 1/8-inch between the butting doors. If you live in a high humidity climate you may want to subtract an additional 1/16″ from the width of your Butt Doors.

So, don’t be intimidated into thinking it’s difficult to figure door sized from openings. Just take the measurements and order the door style of your choice…of give us a call and we’ll talk you through the entire process.

How to locate sources for Replacement Kitchen Cabinet Doors

July 2014 by Jim Hill

There are two distribution channels for most manufactured products. One is directly from the manufacturer. The other is from the manufacturer, through a distributor, and finally, through a retailer, before reaching the consumer.

Distributors and stocking representatives are simply middlemen who buy directly from manufacturers. They must increase the price to cover their expenses and obtain a desired profit. They then sell to retailers. The retail store again adds his expenses and profit to arrive at the price the retail stores charges the consumer for the item.

In the pre-internet times the middleman assumed the marketing function for the manufacturer. This marketing and sales function being handled by the assorted middlemen allowed the manufacturer to concentrate on engineering and production issues while avoiding the expense of maintaining marketing and sales staffs. But today, the internet has dramatically reduced the costs of marketing and sales to the point where many manufacturers are reconsidering their sales strategies. Every year more manufacturers offer their products to the public through websites, which not only reduces marketing and sales expenses, but also passes significant savings to the consumer.

Before the internet, the only choice a home-owner had to buy cabinet doors was from a retailer like Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards. These big-box stores didn’t actually make the doors they sell, they contracted with manufacturers and middlemen to supply the doors for them.

Also before the internet came into existence, the home-owner or small remodeler would be unlikely to even find a cabinet door manufacturer, so the possibility of buying direct from the manufacturer just didn’t exist.

The internet has broken through that barrier for remodelers, home-owners, and do-it-yourselfers, allowing small users the opportunity to buy direct. A quick Google search for “cabinet doors” returns several sources. The top returns are the big-box stores, Ikea, and Ebay, and other large retail outlets, but following those listings you will start to see some actual manufacturers. While several of the manufacturers sell only to the cabinet trade, some others will sell to the public.

CabinetDoors.Com, a division of The Door Stop is one of those manufacturers that make custom cabinet doors available to everyone.

The Door Stop was the first cabinet door manufacturer to offer cabinet doors and drawer fronts factory-direct on the internet (that’s why our internet division is was able to register the domain name www.cabinetdoors.com).

Our manufacturing efficiency and cost structure has not gone unnoticed by other internet entrepreneurs. Many internet websites offering cabinet doors are actually purchasing our products and simply re-selling them on their websites…with an additional markup as their profit.

The internet is still evolving but it’s impact as of today is clear. Customers now have access to manufactured goods without the requirement of buying those goods from the end-of-the-chain retail store. Like many manufacturers, The Door Stop is offering our products directly to the consumer.

Our internet division, www.cabinetdoors.com, offers far more choices than any retail store can carry and at prices they just cannot march.

How to finish Paint-Grade Cabinet Doors and get a finish you can be proud of.

June 2014 by Jim Hill

So you just received your new Paint-Grade Cabinet Doors and are ready to start painting. Here are a few tips to get an attractive and durable finish on those new doors.

Don’t stress-out about the painting process, even if you are an inexperienced painter.
Painted doors are not like stained doors where a disappointing stained finish can ruin your day. If you don’t like your painted finish just scuff the doors a little by re-sanding and paint them again.

First, unpack the new doors and inspect them front and back for any scratches caused by shifting during shipping. Smooth these scratches with 180-grit sandpaper and brush off the dust with a fine brush. Sand in the direction of the wood grain to avoid making cross-grain scratches on your doors.
The better the prep-sanding the better the painted finish will be so take some time making sure the sanding is as good as you can make it.

Next, lay the cabinet doors flat and either wipe them with a clean cloth or blow them with compressed air to remove the last traces of dust. Laying the doors flat makes paint runs less likely and makes it easier to see your progress from the same angle.

Now the painting process starts. Raw wood needs a primer coat before painting and there are a few primer tips that will be helpful: Always match the primer to the type of paint you plan to use.
If you intend to use water-base (or Latex paint) then use a water base primer and if you are using an oil based paint then use an oil based primer.
In my experience Latex paints have advanced over the past decade to the point where they produce both appearance and dependability equal to their oil based counterparts, especially for indoor applications.
These advancements coupled with the water clean-up and environment-friendly disposal are worth considering when choosing your finishing materials.
While buying your primer and paint, also get a brush or two. You don’t need to buy the $20 super brush, but don’t get the $1 special either. A 2-3″ fine brush should be about $5.
You may also want to buy a small 3-4″ fine roller.

Now for the priming: Lay the doors out flat on some kind of dropcloth. Newspaper works fine for this. It will reduce your anxiety to start with the doors face down. That way you will be finishing the backs first so as you get better at painting your best work will be on the fronts, and your learning experience won’t show.
Use the roller to apply a lite coat of primer to the panel and the inside detail of the stiles and rails. Now use the brush in those deep recesses to get the primer to cover all the machined surfaces. Use the roller again to coat the flat surfaces followed by the brush to give a smooth, even coating. After the primer is dried (follow the drying time instructions on the primer can) sand by hand gently with 220-grit paper, just enough to remove any fibers the primer raised, and to restore the smooth finish. Now turn the door over and repeat on the front.
After the primer is dry and lightly finish sanded, repeat the process with a second coat or primer.

Once the primer is dry you are ready for the paint.
The paint basically follows the same steps as the primer operation. Follow the instructions on your paint can to determine if you should sand between coats or not.
After the paint is dry you are ready to install the hinges.
If you are using hidden hinges, like our Blum Clip-tops, try not to get paint into the 30mm hinge cups. The hinges will be a snug fit into the cups and if you get paint into the holes you may need to sand it out to get the hinges into the cups.

Once you get started you’ll see that the process is really not difficult at all, and you will be able to obtain results that will impress your family and friends.

So, get started and if you haven’t ordered you new Paint Grade cabinet doors yet, now may be the time. Cabinetdoors.com has been manufacturing custom cabinet doors for 34 years and we’ve been offering doors on the internet longer than anyone else in the country. We have shipped hundreds of thousands of doors to every region and our customer reviews are a consistent 4+stars.

If you have any questions just visit our website at www.cabinetdoors.com, our Blog at www.cabinetdoors.com/blog, or call us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We also have extensive posts, advice, and how-to’s on our Facebook page and our Google+ page.

How to finish Paint-Grade Cabinet Doors…Like an expert:

Paint Grade Kitchen Cabinet DoorSo you just received your new Paint-Grade Cabinet Doors and are ready to start painting.
Here are a few tips to get an attractive and durable finish on those new doors.

Don’t stress-out about the painting process, even if you are an inexperienced painter.
Painted doors are not like stained doors where a disappointing stained finish can ruin your day. If you don’t like your painted finish just scuff the doors a little by re-sanding and paint them again.

First, unpack the new doors and inspect them front and back for any scratches caused by shifting during shipping. Smooth these scratches with 180-grit sandpaper and brush off the dust with a fine brush. Sand in the direction of the wood grain to avoid making cross-grain scratches on your doors.
The better the prep-sanding the better the painted finish will be so take some time making sure the sanding is as good as you can make it.

Next, lay the cabinet doors flat and either wipe them with a clean cloth or blow them with compressed air to remove the last traces of dust. Laying the doors flat makes paint runs less likely and makes it easier to see your progress from the same angle.

Now the painting process starts.
Raw wood needs a primer coat before painting and there are a few primer tips that will be helpful: Always match the primer to the type of paint you plan to use.
If you intend to use water-base (or Latex paint) then use a water base primer and if you are using an oil based paint then use an oil based primer.
In my experience Latex paints have advanced over the past decade to the point where they produce both appearance and dependability equal to their oil based counterparts, especially for indoor applications.
These advancements coupled with the water clean-up and environment-friendly disposal are worth considering when choosing your finishing materials.
While buying your primer and paint, also get a brush or two. You don’t need to buy the $20 super brush, but don’t get the $1 special either. A 2-3″ fine brush should be about $5.
You may also want to buy a small 3-4″ fine roller.

Now for the priming:
Lay the doors out flat on some kind of dropcloth. Newspaper works fine for this. It will reduce your anxiety to start with the doors face down. That way you will be finishing the backs first so as you get better at painting your best work will be on the fronts, and your learning experience won’t show.
Use the roller to apply a lite coat of primer to the panel and the inside detail of the stiles and rails. Now use the brush in those deep recesses to get the primer to cover all the machined surfaces. Use the roller again to coat the flat surfaces followed by the brush to give a smooth, even coating. After the primer is dried (follow the drying time instructions on the primer can) sand by hand gently with 220-grit paper, just enough to remove any fibers the primer raised, and to restore the smooth finish. Now turn the door over and repeat on the front.
After the primer is dry and lightly finish sanded, repeat the process with a second coat or primer.

Once the primer is dry you are ready for the paint.
The paint basically follows the same steps as the primer operation. Follow the instructions on your paint can to determine if you should sand between coats or not.
After the paint is dry you are ready to install the hinges.
If you are using hidden hinges, like our Blum Clip-tops, try not to get paint into the 30mm hinge cups. The hinges will be a snug fit into the cups and if you get paint into the holes you may need to sand it out to get the hinges into the cups.

Once you get started you’ll see that the process is really not difficult at all, and you will be able to obtain results that will impress your family and friends.

So, get started and if you haven’t ordered you new Paint Grade cabinet doors yet, now may be the time. Cabinetdoors.com has been manufacturing custom cabinet doors for 34 years and we’ve been offering doors on the internet longer than anyone else in the country. We have shipped hundreds of thousands of doors to every region and our customer reviews are a consistent 4+stars.

If you have any questions just visit our website at www.cabinetdoors.com, our Blog at www.cabinetdoors.com/blog, or call us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We also have extensive posts, advice, and how-to’s on our Facebook page and our Google+ page.

Replacement Cabinet Doors; Choosing between the options.

Looking for Replacement Cabinet Doors? Here is how to focus your search and get exactly what you want.

 

The first step is to determine the look you are after.
Cabinet Doors typically come in two designs: Mitered and Cope and Stick.

These designs can be further divided into Raised Panel and Inset Panel, and the Cope & Stick doors can be further sub-grouped into square, single arch, or double arch.
All cabinet doors (mitered or cope & stick) are available as Glass Frames and as Glass Frames with French Lites.

 

Lets look at the two major design options first; Mitered and Cope & Stick.
Both the Mitered and Cope & Stick designs refer only to the frame of the cabinet door. That is the outside frame that secures the center panel. This frame is similar to a picture frame which holds the picture. The frame of a cabinet door can hold either a Raised Panel, an Inset Panel, or may be simply a Glass Frame with no panel.

 

The Cope & Stick method of assembling doors is well established and has existed for over a century. The machinery required for this method of joining stile and rails is fairly simple and is used by most of the cabinet shops that still make their own doors. Newer, computerized methods of Cope & Stick machining are available but, because of high cost, these machines are limited to the major cabinet door manufacturers. Our Cope & Stick processing lines utilize the latest technology and produce tolerances of under 10/1,000 inch.
Below is a picture of our Cope and Stick machining process.

Mitering machinery has followed a similar path to high-tech machining.
Older mitering methods of cutting the 45’s with a miter saw and joining the frame with dowels or biscuits simply cannot compete with modern computerized mitering machinery.
Computerized machinery will produce a perfect 45-degree miter time-after-time. These miter joints assemble perfectly and each Mitered Cabinet will be absolutely square with the joints tightly closed and securely joined.
Below is a picture of our Mitering process.

Now, within both of the Mitered and Cope & Stick frame designs come the options of having either a Raised Panel or an Inset Panel assembled inside the door frame.
We offer over 30 Raised Panel profile choices and most of those profiles are offered with any of our cabinet door designs. Below left is an example of a Cope & Stick Inset Panel door and a Cope & Stick Raised Panel door. Below right are pictures of Mitered Inset Panel and Raised Panel doors.

 

Cabinet Doors have literally thousands of possible design options, some extremely popular and some not yet even tried.
For instance, there are hundreds of different outside edges that can be machined on any door. Some of these edge designs are functional, like “Finger Pull” edges intended to offer a finger grip and eliminate the need for knobs.
Some are designs intended to enhance the look of the door and some are extensions accentuating the look of the stile/rail or the panel design.

 

Other cabinet door options include decorative Applied Mouldings.
These mouldings are special designed frame enhancements applied to the inside edge of the frame components. Some can be even be applied to specially routed cuts in the face of the frame, like various sized Rope Mouldings.
Applied Mouldings are available on many door designs in both the Cope & Stick and the Mitered door lines.

 

Glass Frames are another option in the Specialty Door lines.
Glass Frames will have no panel and an opening for the glass is routed from the back of the frame. These Glass Frames are also offered with French Lites, which are optional in every cabinet door design. Here is a link to our Cope & Stick Glass Frames.

Here are links to our Cope & Stick 4-Lite Frames and 6-lite French Lite Glass Frames.

Our line of Mitered Glass Frames is here.
Our line of Mitered 4 and 6-Lite French Lite frames can be seen here.
Our 6-Lite Mitered French Lite Glass Frames are here.

Because all Custom Cabinet Doors are made to order, and not pulled from stocking shelves, buying exactly what you want is not only a dream, it’s a reality.

Just follow these links below to browse the available Outside Edges, Panel Cuts, and Stile/Rail details that are offered by The Door Stop.
Click here to see our Outside Edges
Click here to see our Panel Cuts
Click here to see our Stile Cuts

How to avoid climate caused problems with wood furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Doors

23 January, 2014 BY JIM HILL

New home Cabinet Doors and remodeled homes with Replacement Cabinet Doors can face a difficult environment if relative humidity is left uncontrolled. Here’s why.

Ideally the woodâ_Ts moisture content in Kitchen Cabinet Doors will be matched to the average relative humidity of the region where the wood product will be used. This will allow the woodâ_Ts moisture content to be stable. When the wood moisture content and the local climate is closely matched, the finish on the cabinet door will keep the moisture content in the door from reacting too rapidly to relative humidity changes and, therefore prevent the damage those humidity swings could cause to an unfinished door.

Wood with moisture content of 7% is said to be at equilibrium (that is it wonâ_Tt take-on or give-off moisture) when relative humidity is at 30%. So wood with a moisture content of 7% will be stable when the humidity is 30%. As the relative humidity increases above 30% wood at 7% moisture content will absorb moisture, increasing the woodâ_Ts moisture content. When relative humidity decreases below 30% wood at 7% moisture will give off moisture. Itâ_Ts not the gaining or losing of moisture that is potentially damaging to wood products, itâ_Ts the speed of the change in moisture content. Unfinished wood will see the end-grain change moisture levels at a much faster rate than the center of the wood piece, and wood with large differences in moisture content across the length will develop significant internal stress. This internal stress can result in catastrophic damages, like cupping, warping, and even serious splitting.

Humidity is seldom constant and changes in relative humidity are certain. Thatâ_Ts where the cabinet doors finish offers protection. The finish is not intended to completely protect the door from the effects of humidity changes. But it is designed to slow the changes to the woodâ_Ts moisture content with the humidity fluctuations. When a rain storm approaches the relative humidity will spike but the finish on the cabinet doors will slow that high humidity from being absorbed into your doors so quickly as to cause damage. Moisture will still enter the doors, but before the wood moisture content is significantly increased, the storm will have passed and relative humidity will have returned to a point closer to the regions average level.

A more serious condition exists when an unfinished wood product has acclimated to a humidity level above 70%. If wood which has stabilized at this relative humidity is subjected to a very dry climate, with relative humidity levels around 10-15%, the high moisture content in the wood will boil-off very quickly. This condition where moisture leaves the end-grain faster than the moisture leaves the center (to replace it) is typically the major cause on end-grain splits. While end-grain splits are not even abnormal in hardwood lumber, that same end-grain split in the panel-cut of your Raised Panel Cabinet Door would be a serious defect.

The door styles most likely to show splits are Raised Panel Cabinet Doors. The area most susceptible to damage from rapid moisture loss is the end-grain on the raised panels. These panel cuts are where the panels are machined down from the A_-inch thickness in the canter to A¼-inch thickness where the panel tongue fits into the groove machined into the Rails. Splits caused by rapid moisture loss are common in these panel end-grains. Splits in the A_-inch thick panel center are much less common.

All traditional cope & stick cabinet doors have exposed end-grain on the stile ends which can show splitting with rapid moisture loss, although not as likely as the raised panel end-grain.

Mitered doors have the stile end-grain slightly protected because of their design so stile end-grain splits are somewhat less likely than in traditional doors.

Itâ_Ts important to remember that we are talking about the worst-case of an Un-finished cabinet door being exposed to an extreme climate change. While this perfect-storm of events is likely to damage unfinished cabinet doors, there is a preventive solution; Finish your cabinet doors as soon as they are delivered!

As a rule of thumb, wood products manufactured in a damp climate and shipped into a dry climate, unless finished very soon after delivery, have a high degree of potential danger, while wood products made in a dry climate can usually be shipped into a wet climate (or any other climate) with minimal likelihood of damage. This is because most climate-caused damage to a cabinet door comes from rapid moisture loss, and damage from rapid moisture gain is far less likely. That is one of the mail reasons we built our factory in Arizona. Arizonaâ_Ts dry climate allows our products to be shipped anywhere in the country with very little risk of climate related damage to the product.

The sealer and lacquer will slow the moisture migration, even in extreme climate conditions, to a point where your new doors will be a dependable, reliable, and beautiful addition to your home for generations.

When considering a location to place your unfinished cabinet doors prior to finishing, ask yourself this question; would this be a place I would store an expensive piano or other piece of fine wood furniture? Click here to get Laura Ashley voucher codes for amazing furniture.

Here is a Glossary to help clarify Woodworking Terms used in the Cabinet Industry

January 2014 by Jim Hill
Accessories – Supplemental parts of the cabinet referred to as bells and whistles. Any nonessential component such as rollouts, pullouts, tilt-outs, hardware, etc.

Angled Corner – Any cabinet type designed to fit on an end of an upper or lower cabinet creating a fixed angle.

Applique – A carved or etched decorative piece of wood installed on the face of cabinets. Also referred to as an on lay.

Base Cabinet – Any cabinet type designed to install directly on the floor. Some form of a top will be applied in the field, such as laminate, wood or granite.

BERP – (Base End Raised Panel) A decorative panel, usually matching the door style, designed to be applied to the side or back of a cabinet, an island for example.

Bevel – A portion of material removed from the edge of a piece of wood. This technique can be used to create a natural finger-pull such as on a beveled-edge door. Also is used to create a specific angle when two pieces of wood are joined together. For example, when two pieces have a 45A° bevel they create a right angle when joined.

Blind Corner – Any cabinet type, upper or lower, designed to install into a corner of a room. Another cabinet will install directly adjacent to it hiding the blind portion. This gives access to an otherwise dead corner providing more storage.

Bumper Pads – A small spongy material placed on any cabinet door designed to soften the noise as the door is closed.

Bun Foot – A round decorative furniture grade foot used on the bottom corners of base cabinets.

Butt Doors – Two cabinet doors covering a single opening, normally too large for one door. The edges of both doors nearly meet. The opening does not have a center mullion.

Butt Joint – A term used when the edges of two pieces of wood are joined together.

Cathedral Arch – A term used when the top cabinet door has a curved shape in the panel and frame.

Center Stile – A vertical strip of hardwood that is a component of the face frame. It usually divides a cabinet opening equally. Also referred to as a mullion.

Cherry – A moderately hardwood having a fine to medium uniform grain.

Close Grain – Having fine and closely arranged fibers or fine texture. Maple is considered to have close grain.

Color Variation – A natural variation of color inherent in any wood species. Soil type, mineral deposits, water levels, temperature and geographical location are all factors in the degree of variation.

Concealed Hinge – A term used to describe a cabinet hinge that is not visible from the outside. Referred to as a cup hinge.

Corbel – A decorative wooden bracket used as a support mechanism for mantels, bar tops, etc.

Corner Blocks – Any type of wooden, plastic or metal component used to strengthen any joint. Typical application is where face frame and end panel are joined.

Crown Molding – A term for any molding that is applied to the top of upper cabinets.

Custom Cabinets – Cabinets built to suit very specific needs. They are generally not limited to product lines, dimensions or design. They are typically more expensive but donâ_Tt necessarily offer the best value available in the marketplace.

Dado – A 1/4″ +/- deep channel or groove cut across the woodâ_Ts grain is called a dado. A dado joint is formed when a cross member is fitted perpendicular into the channel.

Dentil Mould – A term used to describe a decorative tooth-like pattern on any trim molding.

Door Styles – A variety of cabinet doors the consumer has to choose from when designing their home. Some styles are:

Arched raised panel (arch can be any of several arch designs)

Square raised panel

Arched flat panel

Square flat panel

Mitered raised panel

Mitered flat panel

Dovetail – A term used to describe a joining process of two pieces of material. Both pieces have wing-shaped notches that interlock. Generally known as one of the strongest joints typically used in furniture and cabinet drawers.

Drawer Face – Finished front panel of the drawer assembly. The profiles will match the door chosen.

End Panel – The panel forming the cabinet side.

Engineered Wood – A term used to describe several new types of construction material. Fiberboard, such as MDF and HDF, are more dimensionally stable than solid wood.

Exposed Hinge – A term used to describe a cabinet hinge that is visible from the outside. Some types are barrel hinges.

Face Frame – The front facing of a cabinet typically constructed of hardwood. The vertical pieces, called â_ostiles,â__ and the horizontal pieces, called â_orails,â__ reinforce the cabinet structure and provide mounting support for doors and drawers.

Fillers – Pieces of hardwood matching a chosen cabinet color. Sizes range from 1″ to 6″ wide and 30″ to 96″ long. Common use is to fill the space where a modular cabinet does not fill a specific wall dimension.

Finishes – A term for the surface treatment of a wood product to enhance the beauty of its natural wood color and grain definition. Usually applied in steps, such as stain, sealer and a clear top coat such as a catalyzed varnish.

Flute – A concave shallow groove that is routed into a wood surface. Fluting is usually applied vertically. Common use is to overlay on a cabinet stile or filler for a decorative effect.

Framed Cabinet – A traditional style of cabinetry. The box is built behind a picture frame-like structure on which the doors and drawers are applied.

Frameless Cabinets – Often referred to as European-style cabinets. Components, doors and drawers are applied to the inside of the box thus eliminating the traditional face frame.

French Leg – A furniture-grade decorative leg used on the bottom corners of base cabinets.

Full Overlay – Doors and drawers are sized large enough to cover the cabinet face with only minimal clearances between them.

Furr-Down – A box-out at the ceiling typically 12″ high and 14″ deep. Often used for AC ductwork. Kitchen cabinets are installed up to it creating a step effect. Also called a soffit or bulkhead.

Galley Rail – Any molding using tiny spindles to create a front retainer along a plate rail cabinet top. It gets its name because of its likeness to galley rails used on ships.

Grain Variation – A term used to describe a species of woodâ_Ts natural dissimilar grain pattern.

Hickory – A heavy, hard, strong, stiff wood with a fine uniform grain.

Hinge – A mechanical device used to attach a cabinet door to a cabinet box. There are many styles offering different applications, degree of swing and visibility.

Joint – A construction term used when two pieces of material are joined or attached together. Common types are:

Butt
Cope and Stick
Dado
Dovetail
Miter
Mortise and Tenon
Rabbet
Tongue and Groove

Kerf – A saw cut that is made on the surface to relieve stress. It is used to create a curve, such as with a toe kick around a curved base cabinet.

Kiln Dry – A term used to describe the process of oven drying fresh cut lumber. The process removes excess moisture so raw lumber can be fabricated into a finished product.

Knob – A hardware item, typically round in shape, attached to doors and drawers for function and decoration.

Knot – A hard node in any wood species where a branch once grew.

Laminate – v. A term used when layers of wood are bonded together through a process of heat and pressure. n. The plastic product used to fabricate kitchen countertops.

Lazy Susan – A corner kitchen base cabinet utilizing kidney shaped shelves rotating on a center poll for easy access.

Maple – A hard closed grain, light colored wood.

MDF – (Medium Density Fiberboard) A common grade of engineered construction material.

Melamine – A slick plastic-like material used to cover a substrate of engineered wood or MDF. This material is popular because it is durable and easy to clean.

Millwork – Any type of machined woodwork.

Mineral Streak – A discoloration in any species of wood caused by mineral deposits the tree extracts from the soil. Commonly seen as a blackish-blue streak within the grain.

Miter – A joint made when two beveled surfaces form a specific angle. For example, two pieces of wood each beveled at 22 1/2A° will form a 45A° angle when joined together.

Modular – A standardized increment of measurements specific to a product. Modular cabinets are generally manufactured in 3″ increments.

Mortise and Tenon – A specific joining technique. The mortise (groove or slot) is cut into a piece of wood. The joint is made when an opposing piece cut with a tenon (a collared protrusion) is slipped into the mortise.

Mullion Doors – Also referred to as a divided light door. The solid center panel is omitted and replaced with horizontal and vertical mullions dividing the open panel into smaller panels. Clear, smoked, bronzed, opaque or leaded glass inserts (provided by the consumer) can fill these panels for the desired effect.

Nomenclature – A string of letters and numbers used to identify specific cabinet types or accessories.

Oak – A durable open grained hardwood.

Onlay – A carved or etched decorative ornament installed on the cabinet face. Also referred to as an appliquAc.

Open Grain – Large pores or course texture in grain. Oak is an example of an open-grained wood. (See Oak.)

Overlay – Decorative panels affixed to a cabinet surface or attached to the ends of upper or base cabinets.

Peninsula – Similar in design to an island except open on only three sides. Often used in â_oLâ__ shaped kitchens as serving bars that separate the kitchen from the dining or family room.

Plywood – Multiple layers of wood veneer bonded by an adhesive forming panels of varying thickness.

Pull – A hardware item, usually crescent shaped, attached to doors and drawers for function and decoration.

Rabbet – A technique for joining two pieces at right angles. A portion of material is removed from the edge of one piece similar to the thickness of the other piece. When the two are attached the joint is strengthened. Also called a half-lap joint.

Racking – Generally caused by poor installation. The cabinet is twisted out of square resulting in poor door and drawer alignment and operation.

Rail – A horizontal door or cabinet frame component.

Reveal – The exposed portion of the cabinet face frame when the cabinet door and drawer are closed.

Rope Molding – A piece of molding milled to appear twisted like rope.

Rout – To drill or gouge out an area of wood for decorative or joining purposes.

RTF – (Rigid Thermo Foil) Used as a laminate in the process of fabricating a one-piece door.

Sapwood – Younger, softer outer portion of the tree trunk, just under the bark.

Scribe Allowance – Face frame extensions beyond the cabinet box for trimming to ensure proper fit.

Scribe Molding – A generic piece of molding, usually 1/4″ thick and up to 1″ wide, for the purpose of trimming and concealing any discrepancy where the cabinet meets a sheetrock wall.

Semi-Concealed Hinge – A term used to describe a cabinet hinge that is barely visible from the outside. Some types are called kerf or knuckle hinges.

Semi-Custom Cabinets – Cabinets built in 1/8″ increments, opposed to modular cabinets built in 3″ increments. Most have certain limitations in their product lines but are usually more flexible in dimension and design than a typical modular or stock cabinet product. They are typically more expensive but donâ_Tt necessarily offer the best value available in the marketplace.

Skin – A 3/16″-thick veneer panel generally used on the ends or backs of upper or base cabinets.

Soffit – A box-out at the ceiling typically 12″ high and 14″ deep. Often used for AC ductwork. Kitchen cabinets are installed up to it creating a step effect. Also called a fur-down or bulkhead.

Standard Overlay – A door style designed with a specific hinge type. The cabinet door overlaps the cabinet opening 1/2″ on all four sides.

Stile – A vertical door or cabinet frame component.

Stretcher or Nailer – A structural component of the cabinet box. They are hidden horizontal members connecting the end panels at back of cabinet. During the installation process 2″ to 3″ screws are used to mount the cabinet to the wall through the stretchers.

Substrate – The original surface or the structural material beneath the layer of veneer or laminate.

TERP – (Tall End Raised Panel) A decorative panel, usually matching the door style, designed to be applied to the side or back of a cabinet, a pantry or refrigerator end panel.

Thermofoil – A 100% flexible vinyl laminate that is applied to the substrate by using an adhesive or heat and pressure.

Tilt-Out Trays – A popular accessory item ideal for storing sponges and other dishwashing supplies. They are plastic trays attached to the back of false fronts at the sink area.

Toe Kick – The recessed area at the bottom of base cabinets usually 4″ high and 3″ deep.

Tongue and Groove – A specific joining technique, the groove is cut into one piece of wood. The joint is made when an opposing piece cut with a tongue (a collared protrusion) is slipped into the groove.

Valance – A decorative hardwood panel installed across an open area, generally used above desks or sinks.

Varnish – A hard, transparent coating used to protect the cabinet surface.

Veneer – A thin layer of wood (1/32″) of solid wood that is applied with an adhesive to a substrate.

VERP – (Vanity End Raised Panel) A decorative panel, usually matching the door style, applied to the side or back of a cabinet, a vanity end panel.

Wainscot – A wooden facing or paneling that is generally applied to a wall or large end panel of a cabinet.

Wall Cabinet – Any cabinet type designed to install at or above eye level. Common application is 18″ above the kitchen base cabinets. Also referred to as an upper cabinet.

Warp – Any wood product that distorts or twists out of shape. The general cause is excessive heat or moisture.

WERP – (Wall End Raised Panel) A decorative panel, usually matching the door style, applied to the side or back of an upper cabinet.

New Machinery At The Door Stop

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New Coping Machines

New Coping machinery arrives at The Door Stop

Along with new Triple-head Widebelt Sanders and additional CNC Mitering machinery, The Door Stop has added two additional Cope & Stick Coping Machines.

Accuracy in Coping is essential in hi-quality cabinet door manufacturing. Accurate and tight-tolerance copes make for exceptionally tight joints and are necessary for the widebelt sanding operations that follow. Without highly accurate copes the sanding operations will remove unequal amounts of material across the face of the door, not allowing the successively finer widebely grits to completely remove the scratch pattern left by the prior sanding belt.
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Measuring Cabinet Openings

When measuring for new cabinet doors, the type of hinge you intend to use will influence the door sizes.

If you intend to use your existing hinges simply measure your existing cabinet doors and order doors of the same sizes.

If you intend to use our Blum Inserta, Clip-top hinges with 1/2-inch overlay, the door size measurements are figured as follows:
On single doors simply measure the opening size and add 1-inch to both the width and height. For instance, if the cabinet opening size is 12-inches wide and 24-inches high, the door size will be 13 x 25.
On wider cabinets with two doors, measure the width of the opening, add 1-inch, then divide by 2.
For instance, if the opening is 28 inches wide and 30 inches high, each door width would be 28 + 1 = 29 divided by 2 = 14 1/2-inches wide.
Height is figured the same as for single doors. Just add 1-inch to the opening.

Our Blum hinges have plus/minus 2 millimeters of adjustment which will allow side adjustment to have a gap of up to 1/8-inch between the butting doors.

Triple-head Widebelt Sanders

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New Triple-head widebelt sanders


IMG_1013 Our old widebelt sanders are being sold to smaller cabinet door manufacturers around the country.

Every few years the manufacturers of sanding equipment make major improvements in the Widebelt Sanders. These new sanders are Triple-head, 43-inch wide unite with computer control of the wood removal and built-in dial indicators to allow for sanding-thickness tolerances of a few thousandths of an inch.
The Panel Sanding has a 43-inch helical-head knife planer to clean the glued-up panels followed by two additional sanding heads. Continue reading

Machining Mitered Cabinet Doors

Mitered Cabinet Doors need exact machining to produce a tight and accurate joint and obtaining perfect miter joints is nearly impossible without computerized machinery.
We use Accu-Systems CNC Machining systems for all our mitering.

This video demonstrates the joining method we use at CabinetDoors.Com to produce every mitered cabinet door we make.
We have made a multi-million dollar investment in machinery for our Mitered Cabinet Doors, and this investment allows us to produce Mitered Cabinet Doors at a quality level unmatched in the industry.
Our Mitered Doors will have tight joints with perfect alignment of the stiles and rails.
 

How To Recognize Real Quality

Cabinet Door Assembly LineThe demand for new cabinets in new housing and remodeling is addressed by two very different manufacturing approaches.

One approach is to optimize manufacturing efficiency by limiting the sizes manufactured and maximizing employee productivity. This approach is referred to as “Modular Cabinets”.

The Modular Cabinet manufacturer usually makes the cabinet boxes with widths starting at six-inches and increasing in two-inch steps. This maximizes employee productivity by manufacturing one cabinet box size one shift and another size the next shift.

While working on an assembly line making 10,000 of the same thing might not be the most challenging or rewarding of jobs, productivity certainly increases and labor costs are reduced.

The modular manufacturer simply adjusts his schedule to maintain a readily available inventory of cabinet boxes in his warehouse.

Modular Cabinet Manufacturers usually offer a selection of cabinet doors to give the finished Modular Cabinet a more “Custom” look.

Entry-level home builders typically install Modular Cabinets. These cabinets are also stocked and sold by all the Big Box Stores across the country.

For the past several years, Modular Cabinet manufacturing has been moving to Asia, with China becoming the largest manufacturer. American manufacturers have been finding it impossible to compete with the lower labor and regulatory costs found on the far east.

The second approach to manufacturing cabinets is referred to as “Custom Cabinet Manufacturing”.

Unlike Modular Cabinets coming in 2-inch increments, Custom Cabinets are manufactured to the actual size needed.

Also unlike Modular Cabinets, Custom Cabinets are made in the United States by thousands of Custom Cabinet Shops. These shops typically have between ten and fifty employees who design and build each cabinet to the exact size requested in the design plans. If the architect requires cabinets in 1/16″ increments, that’s what the Custom Cabinet Maker builds. Cabinet Makers in Custom Cabinet Shops tend to be highly skilled, and well paid, professionals with years of experience mastering their profession. These Cabinet Makers are not tied to an individual workbench, but tend to move between many skilled positions within the manufacturing process. The Custom Cabinet Shop uses a creative approach which utilizes the skills and experience if the Cabinet Maker, as opposed to an assembly line which stresses repetitive action to compensate for the lack of motivation and inexperience of the minimum-wage workforce.

Most high-end Home Builders and Furniture manufacturers utilize Custom Cabinet Makers because of the large difference in overall quality of the cabinets.

The quality differences are usually visible and include differences in workmanship, wood grain and color matching, sanding and finish quality, overall appearance, and reliability.

Custom Cabinet Makers purchase woods harvested in the United States, and almost 100% of American woods are grown and harvested using sustainable processes.

This is not usually the case with woods harvested in Asia or South America.

Another major difference between Modular and Custom Cabinets is with the Cabinet Doors installed on the cabinets.

Modular Cabinets from Asia have doors made in Asia. These doors should be expected to show the same levels of quality as the cabinets.

Modular Cabinet Door quality levels are generally lower, sanding and finishing are less stringent, an unskilled or under-aged workforce is commonly recruited, and no importance is given to the sustainability of the woods used or the harvesting methods.

American Custom Cabinet Shops, on the other hand, typically purchase cabinet doors from a few large cabinet door manufacturers, or the hundreds of smaller manufacturers.

These dedicated Custom Cabinet Door Manufacturers will offer from dozens to thousands of cabinet door styles built in every sustainable wood type that grows in the United States or Canada.

Major Cabinet Door Manufacturers are producing thousands of doors per shift using skilled labor and most use computerized machinery to guarantee accuracies modular manufacturers simply cannot match. Modern American door manufacturers will measure door size tolerances with accuracies within 15-thousandths of an inch. Door thickness will be uniform across the door within 5-thousandths of an inch, and sanding quality is considered by cabinet makers to be “stain ready”.

In summary, the differences between Custom and Modular Cabinets are visible in appearance, obvious in quality, and the difference in expected lifetime is triple, with Custom Cabinets often being kept in the home and simply refinished after generations of useful service.

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Design Your Own Cabinet Doors

Design your own cabinet doorsNow you can design your own Cabinet Doors, and we can build them…The possibilities are in the Millions!
So, if you want to design your own Cabinet Door, here is where you can create your own unique look!
When you calculate all of our Cabinet Door possibilities by mix-and-matching wood types, arched or square, Mitered or Traditional, outside edges, stile-cuts, and panel-cuts, the numbers get huge. All these options are capable of creating several million uniquely different cabinet doors.

Those looking for a Cabinet Door that nobody has ever seen before, and that has probably never even been manufactured before, can design their own by choosing from our huge range of options.

These options have, until now, only been available to Custom Cabinet Makers, but now we are making all options available to those adventurous enough to actually design their own cabinet doors.

No door manufacturer is offering anywhere near the number of possibilities you can create here. Other Cabinet Door websites are offering from a dozen to, at most, a hundred different doors; we are now opening the design process far beyond anything ever offered before. We are offering literally Millions of Cabinet Door Design Possibilities!

So, If you want to explore the mix-and-match process, it starts by opening these PDF files. Click to open then choose your Stile-cut, your Panel-cut, and your Outside-edge. Then finish the process from our CabinetDoors.Com website by selecting your Door Style and Wood Type. Once your selections are finalized just email us with the design options, quantities, and sizes and we’ll email you the quote.

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Changes to the doors displayed on the CabinetDoors.Com website require additional charges, generally each changes add between $3-to-$5 per square foot, but Call or email when you’ve made your choices and we’ll calculate the actual costs and email our quote for your approval.

Now you have the opportunity to actually design your own cabinet doors and create a kitchen that is truly One-Of-A-Kind. Here is your chance to make your statement to the world with a kitchen totally unique, and unlike any other, anywhere.

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Accurate Sizing & Humidity Effects

Our cupboard doors are accurate to within 0.015 inchesThere are three key steps in manufacturing 5-piece Cabinet Doors that will determine the sizing accuracy of the finished door. If each of these steps is held within a tight tolerance, the finished product will be accurate to within the desired 1/64 inch, or about 15-thousandths.

The first of the three critical operations is moulder accuracy (sometimes americanized as “molder”).
The second critical operation is stile & rail length cutting accuracy and the third is consistency in stock removal during the operation of machining the outside edge.
Our standard is to hold each of the three critical operations to a tolerance of 5-thousandths of an inch. This produces a finished cabinet door with a worst-case sizing tolerance of 15-thousandths, of 1/64-inch.

The stile stock moulding operation starts the process of insuring sizing accuracy and, without close attention to this step, consistency in sizing the finished door is almost impossible.
When cabinet door stile stock is moulded, the width of this stock is the most critical factor in accurately sizing a 5-piece cabinet door. If the moulded width of the stile stock is held within a tolerance of 5-thousandths of an inch, the subsequent operations that affect sizing can be standardized.

At CabinetDoors.Com length cutting of stiles and rails is performed on CNC machinery so achieving our 5-thousandths tolerance for this operation is actually easy. Cutting accuracies of better than 5-thousandths are normal.
The outside edging operation is more difficult to hold because the edging cutter’s diameter changes from sharpening, so slight variations do occur. Our average edging tolerance does achieve the 5-thousandths inch goal, but the standard deviation shows a range from 2-thousandths to 9-thousandths inches.

Because the moulder accuracy is key to finished door sizing, let’s look at some examples of inaccurate moulder adjustment and the effects these errors will have on the finished size of a 5-piece cabinet door.
First let’s assume the moulder is set up correctly and the stile stock, which is targeted at 2 1/4–inch width, is actually oversized by 5-thousandths (2.255 inches). Assuming the rail length cutting and the edging operations are both perfect, the finished door will be 10-thousandths oversized. Most cabinet makers will be measuring the cabinet doors with a tape-measure, so the 10-thousandths error on this door will be considered perfect and within the acceptable range of even the most demanding cabinet professional.
Now let’s assume the moulding operation is not within a width tolerance of 5-thousandths and is actually over by 15-thousandths of an inch. That will make the stile width 2.265 inches, with the additional 15-thousandths doubled to 30-thousandths by the same error in each of the two stiles. This door will be oversized by 1/32 inch even if the other critical sizing operations are perfect.
This 1/32-inch error, while acceptable by the standards of the industry, is detectable with a tape measure.

The challenge to the cabinet door manufacturer is to size the door as accurately as possible by setting tight measurement quality tolerances on the operations that affect door sizing.

The variable beyond the control of the manufacturer is the normal swing in relative humidity and the effects humidity changes will have on the moisture content of the wood in the doors. All cabinet doors will react to changes in relative humidity by either absorbing, or giving-off moisture. Unfinished doors will react sooner to humidity changes, but even properly finished doors will eventually reach a balance between the relative humidity and the door’s internal moisture content. These moisture content variations will result in dimensional changes to the stiles and rails of the cabinet door.
These dimensional changes can be huge and are usually far greater than the total manufacturing sizing tolerances.
The definitive study on humidity and its effects on wood moisture content, and the changes it causes to wood dimensions was conducted by the US Forest Service, a department within the US Department of Agriculture.
The Forest Service, published the Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material in 1999 (and 2010), which outlined the expected moisture-content caused dimensional changes in various woods. The 1999 study focused on wood flooring but applies to all wood products kept inside the house and subjected to normal fluctuations in relative humidity. The 2010 study is extensive and covers almost all commercially used woods.
The 500+ page 2010 study can be viewed or downloaded here (Chapters 4 & 13 deal with Moisture and expansion properties)… https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/products/publications/several_pubs.php?grouping_id=100&header_id=p

I’ve tried to simplify the findings by focusing on plainsawn (Flat Sawn) Red Oak for this example. But, woods other than Red Oak and differing sawing-grain directions, like quarter-sawn, have different Coefficients for Dimensional Change. Because plainsawn woods are more popular and tend to have a greater dimensional reactions to moisture variations, I have used plainsawn in my example.
The bottom-line finding of the USDA research is that a 4% change in the moisture content of the 2 ¼-inch stile of a 5-piece Red Oak cabinet door will be expected to cause a dimensional change of 0.0332 inches, or about 1/32-inch, per stile. That means that a 4% change in moisture content is expected to expand, or shrink the width of a 5-piece Red Oak cabinet door by 1/16-inch, which dwarfs the 1/64-inch worst-case tolerance of the cabinet door as it finishes the manufacturing process.
This 1/16-inch moisture-caused change is 4-times the combined total tolerance of the critical steps in the making of a cabinet door, and certainly needs to be considered when designing cabinets. This is especially true when considering the spacing between butt-doors on cabinets. Without proper spacing, butt-doors may not close properly during high humidity periods.

These humidity-caused sizing swings may seem extreme, but keep in mind that these calculations reflect the humidity of the worst-case the country has to offer; the desert regions of the southwest. In the southwestern deserts relative humidity routinely changes from 5% in the dry month of June, to over 90% when the monsoon storms come in July. This wide humidity swing accounts for the 4%+ change in the moisture content of wood products in the southwest. Cabinet doors installed in other parts of the country will typically be expected to experience about half this dimensional change, or about 1/32-inch.

Design provisions to accommodate dimensional changes in the raised panels of cabinet doors are in place allowing the panels to float within the stiles and rails. The panels used in recessed panel doors are either Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) or MDF core with wood veneers, which are dimensionally stable and react very little to humidity changes.

Looking at the once popular, and hopefully never to return to popularity, Slab Cabinet Door as an example , you can see the makings of a dimensional train-wreck. With the Slab Door we are not just dealing with the moisture-related dimensional properties of a 2 1/4-inch stile. We are now looking at the dimensional properties of a glued-up slab between 12 and 24 inches wide.
Using the same moisture-content calculations for plainsawn Red Oak from the Forest Service Study, we would expect to see a 12-inch wide slab door react to a 4% moisture content change with a width change of over 3/16-inch and a 24-inch slab changing width by over 5/16-inches.
Clearly width changes of these magnitudes are unacceptable and homeowners requesting slab doors need to be made fully aware of the dimensional instability of this cabinet door design.

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How to store Unfinished Cabinet Doors to minimize warping

Prevent warping in unfinished cabinet doorsAll wood products need to be finished quickly but if you just can’t here are some things you can do to reduce the chance of damage until you can finish your new cabinet doors.

Cabinet doors, like any wood product, need to be sealed and finished as soon as possible.
Timely finishing will prevent several problems that humidity and temperature changes will cause to unfinished wood products.
A cabinet door that has been properly finished will react to climate conditions much more slowly than the same door in an unfinished state, and it is the speed of the wood’s reaction to these climatic changes that can cause adverse reactions.
For instance, the moisture gain or loss from an unfinished cabinet door exposed to wide humidity changes can be so rapid as to actually cause splitting or excessive warping.
In many cases the unfinished door may be ruined while the finished cabinet door reacts so slowly to the moisture change that damage to the door is avoided.

There are ways to minimize the damage possibilities if the doors cannot be finished quickly.

One method is to store the doors indoors in an area out of direct sunlight and away from sources of excessive heat, cold, and at a constant humidity.

Another critical method of avoiding warping is to un-wrap the doors and stack them with spaces between each door allowing air to circulate freely on all sides of each door. This method will usually eliminate the warping and keep the doors on the top and bottom of the stack from twisting due to uneven moisture between the door’s front and back. If doors are kept stacked, one on top of another, the top door will almost certainly warp in reaction to the difference between your humidity level and the door’s internal moisture content. So, it’s important to un-wrap the doors and separate them allowing air circulation around the doors.

Humidity caused warping is easily determined by looking at the doors on the outside of the stack. If the humidity is increasing the top door in the stack will warp in a concave shape with the panel raising up. Decreasing humidity will cause warping in a convex shape with the panels bending down. Allowing equal air circulation around the front and back of all the doors will prevent this warping.
The more serious problems are caused by humidity changes accompanied with high temperatures. The high temperatures increase the speed of the moisture gain or loss and can actually cause the panels and stiles to split. Very high temperatures like those in a closed-up car in the sun are almost always catastrophic.

The best method of preventing problems with cabinet doors is to finish the doors as quickly as possible. This finishing process should include sanding sealer coats followed by several coats of urethane or lacquer.

Kitchen cabinet doors that have been properly finished can be expected to last decades and increase the value and appearance of any kitchen.

If you need cabinet doors, CabinetDoors.Com can help.

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Moisture & Product Dependability

Humidity changes don't damage properly finished kitchen cabinet doors

Ideally the wood’s moisture content will be matched so the average relative humidity of the region where the wood product will be used will allow the wood’s moisture content to be stable. When the wood moisture content and the local climate is closely matched, the finish on the cabinet door will keep the moisture content in the door from reacting too rapidly to relative humidity changes and, therefore prevent the damage those humidity swings could cause to an unfinished door.

Wood with moisture content of 7% is said to be at equilibrium (that is it won’t take-on or give-off moisture) when relative humidity is at 30%. So wood with a moisture content of 7% will be stable when the humidity is 30%. As the relative humidity increases above 30% wood at 7% moisture content will absorb moisture, increasing the wood’s moisture content. When relative humidity decreases below 30% wood at 7% moisture will give off moisture. It’s not the gaining or losing of moisture that is potentially damaging to wood products, it’s the speed of the change in moisture content. Unfinished wood will see the end-grain change moisture levels at a much faster rate than the center of the wood piece, and wood with large differences in moisture content across the length will develop significant internal stress. This internal stress can result in catastrophic damages, like cupping, warping, and even serious splitting.

Humidity is seldom constant and changes in relative humidity are certain. That’s where the cabinet doors finish offers protection. The finish is not intended to completely protect the door from the effects of humidity changes. But it is designed to slow the changes to the wood’s moisture content with the humidity fluctuations. When a rain storm approaches the relative humidity will spike but the finish on the cabinet doors will slow that high humidity from being absorbed into your doors so quickly as to cause damage. Moisture will still enter the doors, but before the wood moisture content is significantly increased, the storm will have passed and relative humidity will have returned to a point closer to the regions average level.

A more serious condition exists when an unfinished wood product has acclimated to a humidity level above 70%. If wood which has stabilized at this relative humidity is subjected to a very dry climate, with relative humidity levels around 10-15%, the high moisture content in the wood will boil-off very quickly. This condition where moisture leaves the end-grain faster than the moisture leaves the center (to replace it) is typically the major cause on end-grain splits. While end-grain splits are not even abnormal in hardwood lumber, that same end-grain split in the panel-cut of your Raised Panel Cabinet Door would be a serious defect.

The door styles most likely to show splits are Raised Panel Cabinet Doors. The area most susceptible to damage from rapid moisture loss is the end-grain on the raised panels. These panel cuts are where the panels are machined down from the ¾-inch thickness in the canter to ¼-inch thickness where the panel tongue fits into the groove machined into the Rails. Splits caused by rapid moisture loss are common in these panel end-grains. Splits in the ¾-inch thick panel center are much less common.

All traditional cope & stick cabinet doors have exposed end-grain on the stile ends which can show splitting with rapid moisture loss, although not as likely as the raised panel end-grain.

Mitered doors have the stile end-grain slightly protected because of their design so stile end-grain splits are somewhat less likely than in traditional doors.

It’s important to remember that we are talking about the worst-case of an Un-finished cabinet door being exposed to an extreme climate change. While this perfect-storm of events is likely to damage unfinished cabinet doors, there is a preventive solution; Finish your cabinet doors as soon as they are delivered!

As a rule of thumb, wood products manufactured in a damp climate and shipped into a dry climate, unless finished very soon after delivery, have a high degree of potential danger, while wood products made in a dry climate can usually be shipped into a wet climate (or any other climate) with minimal likelihood of damage. This is because most climate-caused damage to a cabinet door comes from rapid moisture loss, and damage from rapid moisture gain is far less likely. That is one of the mail reasons we built our factory in Arizona. Arizona’s dry climate allows our products to be shipped anywhere in the country with very little risk of climate related damage to the product.

The sealer and lacquer will slow the moisture migration, even in extreme climate conditions, to a point where your new doors will be a dependable, reliable, and beautiful addition to your home for generations.

When considering a location to place your unfinished cabinet doors prior to finishing, ask yourself this question; would this be a place I would store an expensive piano or other piece of fine wood furniture?

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Concealed Hinges

Inserta Blum Hinge

We can bore the hinge cups and supply the hinges too!

Cabinetdoors.com will bore the hinge pockets (two per door) in your cabinet doors for $6.00 per door and supply top quality, American-made, Blum, soft-close, Clip-top Inserta Hinges for $5.00 per hinge (or $10.00 per door).

So, for $16.00 per door,  your doors will be drilled and the hinges supplied too..

The Blum Hinges we supply are top quality, self closing, American made, Blum Inserta
Clip-Top, 120 degree, All-metal, nickel plated Hinges.
The Blum part number is 71T5590B. The hinges do not require screws and are simply placed in the hinge pockets and the locking clip is then closed.

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These hinges are now used by most high-end cabinet makers across the country.

The Blum Face-frame adapter we supply is Blum part number 175L6030.21, zinc die-cast, nickel plated, and does require #7 x 3/4″ wood screws (not supplied).
Adapter plate is for Face-frame cabinets with 1/2″ overlay.

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If you order Hinge Boring, your doors will have 35mm holes bored 3.5 inches from the bottom and top of the door.
If you wish, doors over 48″ tall may have three hinge cups bored, with the third hinge in the door center point (3 hinges are recommended for doors over 48″ in
height).
The Blum Inserta Hinges are priced at $3.50 each ($7.00 per pair)
with the boring priced at $3.00 per cup ($6.00 per door).

The hinge boring and/or the hinge purchase options are selected from the drop-down menus on the door order page for each door style.
When selected the hinge boring charge and/or the hinge purchase charge will automatically add to the door ordered, and the itemized charge will show on your CabinetDoors.Com shopping cart.

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