Cabinet Door Cutting

Completed door section fitted with hinges

Completed door sections fitted to the centre support with hinges to keep them aligned.

After cutting the shape of the cabinet front panel the side edges now need to be mitred to 45 degrees. This allows the sides to fit squarely and hide the end grain of the front panel doors.

The curved panel remains on its support frame to hold it parallel to the horizontal. A jig is built around the panel to provides a flat surface along its side edges so a router can be used to make the mitre. A template is made of each side curve and this is attached to the jig to guide the router along the edge.

Care needs to be taken because a wrong cut now will render the curved panel useless requiring another to be made. This would be a very unpleasant task to undertake at this point of construction.

The steps involved in completing the front doors of the cabinet are illustrated below.

Cut cabinet door

Cabinet front panel cut to shape on the bandsaw. A 45 degree edge now needs to be cut.

Making curve template

Tracing the curve of the cabinet front to make a router guide to cut the 45 degree edge.

Routing jig

The routing jig built around the front panel to form a flat along the side edges for the router to move along.

Routing the cabinet front edges

The curve template is attached to the jig frame and the router is ready to make the cut

Completed routed edge

View along the front panel edge showing the completed 45 degree cut

Cutting the doors and drawer fronts

Cutting the door and drawer sections with a jigsaw

The two sides now need to be cut to match the front panel curves. The router guide used for the 45 degree cut on the front panel will be used in another jig so the cuts will match. The next post will illustrate the making of the sides and assembly of the cabinet frame.

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