DIY (Cheap) Built-in Library Cabinets & Bookshelves – Cabinet Doors

Cabinet Doors!

I’ve already described my library plans in a previous post (click here to read it). In that post, I constructed the frame and fronts for my cabinets. Next step: cabinet doors.

Plywood square

2 x 2 sanded plywood panel

After looking at many proper tutorials involving routers, grooves, panels, etc., I can see why a lot of people get intimidated by cabinet doors. However, I did find a few tutorials that involved gluing trim to some plywood. I decided to go with a a simple method similar to this.

Since my cabinets are only 2 feet tall, the 2×2 plywood panels in my local big box store seemed like a good choice. These are easy to carry and manage. They also have a very smoothly sanded finish.

Photo showing a stack of strips cut from 2x2 plywood panels

Cutting strips

I cut off one edge, to get the size I needed for my doors. I then used a couple of extra panels to cut strips for the front edges. The goal is to get a simple faux Shaker-style door.

Once I had my little stack of strips cut, it was time to assemble some doors.


I used a pneumatic finishing nailer with short staples, to attach the strips to the doors.

Photo of strips being glued to a door panel.

Wood glue is a good idea, or perhaps even Liquid Nails.

Wood glue was also added between layers.

Here’s a look at one of the assembled cabinet doors:

Photo of cabinet door

Assembled cabinet door

I stacked the doors and sat a box full of books on them, leaving them to dry over night, nice and flat ( I hope).

photo of cabinet doors under a box of books.

Drying cabinet doors.

Of course, there will still need to be sanding, caulking, painting, drying, hinges, and handles! More to come in future posts.

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