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shaydu 01-26-2014 10:36 AM

Cabinet door.
Morning folks. I going to build a simple hanging cabinet out of Mdf in my garage. The dimensions will be 20 inch wide x 12 inch deep x 36 tall. I'm not not going to make a face frame unless absolutely necessary. Anyhow Im wanting to know how to make a door to fit. I will be using 3/4 in melamine for the door. Again I'm not trying to fancy, I just want to cut it down to size and then mount it. I just didn't exactly know what size it needed to be and how to layout my brackets. Thanks In advance

oh'mike 01-26-2014 10:41 AM

If you are using European cup style hinges--just make the doors as wide as the outside dimensions of the box---use frameless style hinges---

shaydu 01-26-2014 11:18 AM

lol didn't realize it was that simple. Thanks!!

Live_Oak 01-26-2014 11:37 AM

Just be careful using MDF as your box. You don't use the same type of fastening with that as you do plywood. Use Spax or Kreg screws meant for the job, not a standard wood screw, or a (shudder) drywall screw. And if you do shelves in it, do them in a dadoe, not a butt joint.

shaydu 01-26-2014 01:25 PM

Thanks live oak. I was initially going you use the kreg jig for everything. I don't have table saw so I can't cut dados. What is the issue with doing butt joints on Mdf?

Live_Oak 01-26-2014 03:36 PM

The issue is the weight bearing capacity. And that issue is across materials. Its a butt joint issue, not a materials issue. You are relying on the strength of the fasteners alone to bear the weight in a butt joint. Of course, if you are only going to use the cabinet to house a quart of oil and a can of spray paint, your plan may be sufficient. In my experience though, garage storage alwayss ends up being too small and overloaded. Bigger is always better. More weight bearing capacity is always better. And slightly over engineered is almost good enough. :-)

joecaption 01-26-2014 03:48 PM

You would be way better using 3/4" plywood not MDF.
MDF does not hold screws well and will soak up moisture like a sponge.

shaydu 01-26-2014 05:38 PM

Gotcha. I had a bunch of scrap material laying around from another project that I was trying to get rid of. I reckon I will scrap that idea. Thanks for the input!!!

TotalHomeworx 01-30-2014 07:05 PM

Using a kreg jig and some glue to build it will be more then strong enough. If you are concerned about moister, just paint it.

IslandGuy 01-31-2014 10:04 AM

I was gonna say, doors? It is a garage right?

shaydu 02-02-2014 12:33 PM

Thanks. Yeah I want to add a door to it. It may be unnecessary but I think it woulda me it look better. Plus I would like to know how to do it for future projects.

Colbyt 02-02-2014 10:13 PM

Even for a garage I would think twice before using the MDF.

They aren't going to be perfect dados but you can cut them with a router in several passes if you use guides.

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