Woodworking Projects: How to Make Doors

From Cabinet Doors to Barn Doors, Here Are Some Free Woodworking Plans

Learning how to make various doors is an essential skill that nearly every woodworker has employed at one time or another. No matter whether you're building new cabinet doors for the kitchen, (which by the way, is one of the most effective and least expensive ways to update the look of your kitchen) or building a set of barn doors for a shed, or dare I say, barn, door-making is a skill that takes practice and know-how. The following sets of free woodworking plans will get you started. If...MORE you'd like to build any of these sets of plans, there is a link within each article allowing you to download a free measured drawing and bill of materials to complete the project.

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    Split-Level Barn Door
    Split-Level Barn Door. (c) 2009 Chris Baylor

    Dutch-style barn doors are the type of door you might see when you roll through the countryside with a horse sticking his head out of the open top-half of the door. These barn doors can be tricky to build properly and even trickier to mount so that both halves open and close, either independently or together. However, they look great when they're completed and installed, and they work just as well on a shed or garage as they would on a country barn. In this article, you can see the steps to...MORE building your own set of barn doors, plus you can download the measured drawing that will help you make all of the necessary cuts.

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    Raised Panel Door
    Raised Panel Door. (c) 2009 Chris Baylor

    Typically, the process for making a raised panel door is to use a specialty panel raising router bit on a stout wood router. I say stout because the bit is rather large and needs a lot of power to do the job properly. Additionally, these bits are expensive. However, using the steps outlined in this article, you can build cove-shaped raised panel cabinet doors using just your table saw. The doors look fantastic, and no one will ever know that you didn't spend hundreds of dollars on a...MORE specialty router bit to get the job done.

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    Slab Cabinet Door
    Basic Slab Cabinet Door. (c) 2008 Chris Baylor

    While raised panel cabinet doors are the most common type of door used on homes in the United States, in Europe, the slab-style cabinet door is much more popular. While this type of door might look a little plain, it allows the homeowner or builder a blank canvas, so to speak, onto which designs can be stenciled or painted, giving each door a unique look and one that matches the decor of the kitchen. Of course, you may prefer just the simple, plain look of the door as it is stained or painted....MORE In either case, slab cabinet doors that are durable and will last a long time are relatively easy to build. This guide contains the basic steps to building your own slab-style cabinet doors.

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    Louvered Window Shutter
    Louvered Window Shutter. (c) 2008 Chris Baylor

    Louvered doors have numerous applications, whether they're for use as window shutters or for partition doors between rooms. In many cases, they're used as closet doors that allow air flow to the contents of the closet but don't allow visibility into the area. No matter what the application, the principle for creating louvers is virtually the same, and with the proper tools and a handy jig, you can make consistent louvers quickly and easily. Here are the basic steps for creating any...MORE louvers.

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    Kitchen Pantry
    Kitchen Pantry Cabinet. (c) 2014 Chris Baylor

    No discussion of cabinet doors would be complete without at least covering the basics of building cabinets. This is probably one of the top reasons that people take up woodworking, because buying cabinets can be quite expensive, and once you understand basic cabinetry, you can modify a cabinet design for nearly any application. This article will get you started on how to build your own cabinets and doors.