Want to make shaker cabinet doors but don’t have a router? Find out the easiest ways to make your own shaker cabinet doors without special tools for cheap!
Hi Friends! I have been busy remodeling my hallway upstairs. We’ve lived in this house for 13 years and it was the same as when we first moved in…sigh! On one side were those famous oak cabinets!
As you know, I have been slowly getting rid of all the oak in my house and I was down to these cabinets and my laundry room. Instead of gel staining or chalk painting these ones, I decided to just get rid of the oak doors and to make shaker cabinet doors on my own and I didn’t even use a router.
I really love the look of shaker style cabinet doors and I wanted to lighten up my hallway since it’s so dark up there. So once I learned how to make shaker cabinet doors, it was easy to paint them white and put them up. I can’t wait for you to see the after pictures!
Here’s what my hallway cabinets looked like before, lovely, right??
I looked at a lot of tutorials and ended up following Ana White’s easy frame and panel doors found here. I love Ana’s tutorials and especially loved this one because you don’t need a router or any other special tools to make shaker cabinet doors, which was perfect since I don’t have one! (even though I wish I did!!)
Materials to Make Shaker Cabinet Doors
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DIY Shaker Cabinet Doors Plan
So make sure to hop over to Ana White’s site by clicking here to grab the printable plans for these DIY shaker cabinet doors. I ended up redoing the whole cabinets and converting the top half into open shelving with fake shiplap.
Measuring For New Shaker Style Cabinet Doors
I started off by taking all of the cabinet doors off and measuring them to see how big I needed to make the shaker cabinet doors. My shaker style cabinet doors needed to be 13.5 inches wide by 39.5 inches tall.
Since the outside boards will be 1x3s (actually .75x 2.5), I subtracted 5 inches from the width and height to get the measurement needed for my inside panel – 8.5 x 34.5.
I headed off to Lowe’s to get my wood and paint. The employees at my Lowe’s store are always amazing and cut my wood for me (even more than the 5 cut maximum!).
I got 2 pieces of .5x2x4 Birch Hardwood and had them cut into 4 8.5×34.5 inch panels (they didn’t have an 8 foot in stock or I would have gotten that since it probably would have been a little cheaper).
How to Build Cabinet Doors with Kreg Jig
If you don’t have a Kreg Jig or have never used one, this is the perfect project to get you started! A Kreg Jig makes these shaker style cabinet doors possible without having a router.
Once you have your panel cut, make Kreg jig pilot holes following Ana’s directions. I made two on the short ends and three on the long sides.
Make sure you have the Kreg jig to the right setting. You will switch the settings when you put on the sides.
Putting Together the Shaker Doors
Attach the short sides. I had 1/4 inch scrap piece of plywood I put under the panel to raise it up so that it would be even with the 1x3s. I used wood glue plus the screws to build the kreg jig cabinet doors.
Once the short sides were on I measured each side separately to get the long side as close to the exact size as possible. Drill pilot holes in the short 1x3s (make sure to change the Kreg jig setting according to Ana’s plans!)
Then attach the long sides. Fill all the holes with wood filler and apply caulking on all the edges.
Once everything is dry, sand the whole cabinet door and paint it.
Once they are dry, attach the hardware. Make sure to put the hardware the same distance from the top and the bottom.
When I attached them to the bookcase I put a piece of wood at the bottom and rested the cabinet doors on it while I made pilot holes. This way the DIY shaker cabinet doors are even.
That’s it! I loved that I was able to make shaker cabinet doors without a router. Thanks to Ana’s plans, I now have a beautiful new hallway cabinet!
If you’d like to check out how I added faux shiplap to the bookcase click here!
This is how the other side of my hallway turned out! Click here to read how you can make your own United States string art for cheap!!
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The DIY shaker doors are not perfect but I love how they came out!
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