Kitchen: Routing Cabinet Doors

 DIY Kitchen Makeover: Routing Cabinet Doors

I knew that this open wall in our kitchen needed cabinetry!  We decided to build kitchen cabinets similar to our preexisting cabinets.  It would have been easier to buy new, but I think it would have made the old cabinets seem just that…very old in comparison.  Routing the cabinet doors similar to the originals was very easy with our Router!  And just so you know, a router is an AWESOME embellishing tool!  Routers shape, cut and decorate wood and in my opinion…they totally ROCK!!!

Routers come with many different attachments and there are tons of other attachments that you can purchase for more specific cuts.  When you use a router, you clamp down wood and then move your router around the wood in a counter clockwise direction.  When making a deep cut, you’ll want to go over your wood in stages until you reach the depth you are wanting.  Stages helps out because otherwise the wood burns a bit.


In the top picture you can see how the cabinet door was originally, a typical square cut piece of wood.   When cutting a rabbet, you use the router to cut grooves in the cabinet, usually allowing the wood to fit snug in another piece of wood.  In this case, we used the rabbet cut to allow our cabinet doors to fit more custom.  Rabbet bits are adjustable to allow you to find the perfect width for your project.  For us, we cut about 1/4 in deep to keep consistent with the rest of the kitchen cabinetry.  Below you can see that we routed the inside, top and bottom of all of our cabinet doors.  And when we cut the width of the cabinet door, we cut it an 1/8 in shorter so that when the hinge shifted the doors towards the center they would mesh perfectly rather than overlap.
Below is a picture of how we routed the outside, formerly square cabinet door.  We used a round-over bit for this cut.  We secured our doors carefully and in a counterclockwise direction moved our round-over router bit over the edge of all four sides of the wood to give a softer look to our cabinetry and to tie the new cabinetry in with the old cabinetry!  I think it turned out AWESOME and this was our first time to use our router!  So with that said…it’s truly a pretty simple project!

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  1. Pat says:

    What time of plywood did you use?

    • Aimee says:

      We used 3/4″ cabinet plywood for the trim on our cabinets! Thanks for stopping by! XO, Aimee

  2. Looking so wonderful in white color. Love it.

  3. Katie @ BurbTales says:

    Great little tute! I’ve been thinking more and more of getting a router and seeing what I can do with it and this helps 🙂


  4. Anna Williams says:

    These remind me of my retro cabinets. The kitchen looks fantastic! Just came over from the My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia blog hop 🙂

  5. Lora @ Indulgencesobx says:

    Aimee…. you have been very busy indeed! Congrats on the “new tool” and cabinet- it turned out great. Can’t wait to see it all.

    Have a great day.


  6. Deserae says:

    It’s amazing what you can do with a little tool isn’t it? Can’t wait to see it finished :o)

    PS. I am now following you on Google…hope you will follow me back :o)