Advice For Making Cabinet Doors?

I am planning making mdf cabinet doors. I want to know if anyone has done this before and/or if anyone has tried routing out a square in the center?


1. What thickness would you suggest for the raised/routed part?
2. Can I get a smooth enough surface with a router?

(I've worked with mdf before but not a router)

PainterJayne from Minneapolis, MN

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By Tami (Guest Post)
May 26, 20080 found this helpful

Yes, you can router MDF. My husband and I recently made a huge bookcase headboard and foot board, and we used the router to smooth the edges and it came out great. Good luck

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By Tom Meyer (Guest Post)
August 23, 20080 found this helpful

I made the face frames as well as the cabinet doors from 3/4 inch MDF. They machine quite nicely with a router and then can be sealed and painted. Excellent alternative to hardwood if you are planning on painting.

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By VJ (Guest Post)
January 21, 20090 found this helpful

What type of router bit can I use to route the square in the centre of the MDF board?

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May 18, 20090 found this helpful

I'm also planning on making my own cabinet doors. But instead of trying to rout out the wood, I'm simply going to use molding trim to decorate the flat wood with.


I'll juse use my sander to smooth out the edges all the way around.

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