How to Make a Floating 4 Panel Doors

May 16th

4 panel doors – Cabinet doors can provide a wide range of styles to complement and enhance your decor. Beside standard doors fiberboard plywood or medium density flat front (MDF), doors can be found that combine a flat front with decorative molding. But for classic style raised panel door cannot be better. The frame is constructed of solid wood 3/4-inch and contains a floating panel made of plywood 1/4-inch. While it is not the easiest to make door, anyone with the right tools and carpentry moderate experience can start doing these at any time. Do the rails and stiles of the door. A floating gate panel consists of a frame surrounding a wooden panel in the center. Uprights are vertical pieces of the panel and the rails are the horizontal pieces. Use the table saw to remove the rails and stiles to the desired width. Cut to length using a miter saw. The length of the beams should be equal to the height of the door. The length of the rails must be equal to the door width minus the width of the uprights plus half an inch. For example, if your door is 24 inches tall and 18 inches wide and is using uprights 3 inches, the length of the posts would be 24 centimeters and the length of the rails would be 12 1/2 inches.
Rout the rails and stiles. Insert the cutting bit slot and used for cutting a deep groove 1/4 inches along one long edge of each rail and stile. Facing cuts on the rails. Place the cutting bit tongue in the router and pass the two ends of each lane through it, making sure to keep the same side down on each pass. Fit the frames to make sure they fit together. Do not use glue at this time. With assembly’s pictures of 4 panel doors, measure the opening width and height and add 3/8 to both dimensions. Remove the frame and set aside.

White painted 4 panel doors
White painted 4 panel doors

Use the dimensions of Step 4 and floating panels cut plywood 1/4-inch. Sand the edges of the panels to remove the chips are cut. Place a stud on the table or workbench with the slit upwards. Insert a rail at each end and slide the floating panel in the groove made by the cutting slot. Place the other upright on top to make sure everything fits. Remove the door, apply glue to the ends of the rails and remount. Do not attach the panel in place. It is designed to float in the slots, allowing the expansion and contraction of the rails and stiles of wood. Use clamps to tighten the joints, wiping with a cloth any glue that squeezes. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours and remove the clamps. Wait 24 hours before installation 4 panel doors and use of the door.

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