Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Base Cabinet Overlay Door

07.05.11 By //
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Our Kitchen Series continues with the Basic Overlay Door for the Base Cabinet. We will style this baby out, throughout the week using different techniques and materials, so for now, this plan is the basic door construction with a slab front. It indicates the size of the door, but not the styling. Of course a slab front is a styling, but I am suggesting, that for our purposes it acts as a placeholder letting us know how large it should be and how it attaches, rather than the details of it's appearance. You can add molding in the center, or around the edges, and style this in a very simple yet decorative manner using this plan here.

I am designing this series in a pick and pull format, so we will cover the basic construction of each unit, then the styling of those units will follow.

  • Tape Measure
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Saw
  • Finish Nail gun or Hammer and Finish nail set

The materials listed for the base cabinet cover the materials needed for the door.

  • 1″ Finish Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 1 – 3/4″ Ply at 22 3/4″ x 15 1/4″ Slab
  • 2 – 1/4″ x 3/4″ Solid Edge Strip at 23 1/4″ (sides)
  • 2 – 1/4″ x 3/4″ Solid Edge Strip at 15 1/4″ (Top/bottom)

** Check for Square after your slab has been cut down. We wouldn't want a crooked door. Use Glue and masking tape to secure the Edge Strips in place.

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Step 1 

The Diagram below indicates the size the door slab should be cut.

Step 2

Step 2 

Use Glue and masking tape to secure the edge strips. Once they begin to dry, secure them with finish nails. the sides will extend up beyond the slab and cover the edges of the top strips.

Finishing Instructions 

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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