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How to install a cabinet door

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Installing a cabinet door is a very easy and functional activity and can be done with the help of few easy-to-use tools. While the need to install a door may not be so frequent, this tutorial will help when you have a creaking / broken door that needs replacement. Considering this is the first DIY tutorial on Woodooz, I would appreciate any comment/ feedback. Feel free to drop in your opinions.
 
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Step 1: Identify cabinet needing a door

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Identify the cabinet needing a door

Our TV stand turned Shoe Rack badly needed a door and was the obvious choice for this exercise. The rack is in the living room, and going by the contents in the cabinet, you can pretty much understand why this needed to be covered.

Measure the sides of the cabinet before buying the plywood for the door

Step 2: Materials and Tools required

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Plywood for the door. Measured and cut to the required dimension

Screw Driver

European Cup hinge. At the local hardware store, you can ask for frame-less / hidden hinges

Forstner Drill bit. 35mm diameter to drill hole for the hinge cup

Electric drill - Most certainly a very useful tool to have in the house

Some screws

Paint / stain for the desired finish (Not part of this tutorial)

Step 3: Measure the dimensions for the plywood door

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The European hinges are primarily used when the hinge needs to be hidden and the frame of the cabinet is to be covered.

In this case, we wanted to install the door covering the frames

And hence, the dimension of the plywood while buying should be measured from frame to frame

In this case, 2 ft x 1 ft 7"

If you have the tool, you can cut the plywood yourself. We had it cut at the plywood store for a nominal fee
If you don't want to make your own door out of ply wood, there's a few places you can buy them online, I refaced my entire kitchen using doors from http://www.CabinetDoorMart.com , we got the doors in about 10 days, which was impressive because they were custom. My buddy used CabinetHub.com and had a really good experience as well. I tried making my own doors once, but had a really hard time.