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You can save a lot of money by making your own frame and panel cabinet doors. We show you how these cabinet doors are constructed using tongue and groove joinery. You'll also learn about the many design options that you can feature on your frame and panel doors, including multiple panels and glass.

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Intro to Tongue and Groove Cabinet Doors - Video Transcript

Speaker: You can save a lot of money building custom cabinet doors like this. I've been building them this way for years using one of woodworking simplest corner joints, the tongue, and groove joint, and here's how simple it is. It's just a short centered tongue on the ends of the horizontal rails that fits into a centered groove in the vertical styles like this.

The joint is incredibly strong because there's a lot of surface area for glue and that groove runs all the way around the inside of the cabinet doors to house a panel. That's all there is to it.

Now my doors on these shop cabinets are just filled with plywood panels, but that's just one of many options you could take for these versatile doors and here are some examples.

You could fill the frame with a solid wood panel and even raise the edges of the panel for a traditional look. Or you could add a third rail here and divide up this field area with a smaller panel, a couple of shorter styles and some divided glass lights or for a different look, you could add a third style instead and make two narrower panels or of course you could always fill the frame with plexiglass or glass for full visibility. There's lots and lots of options you can explore using the same tongue and groove corner joinery.