Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Farmhouse Overlay Cabinet Door

07.06.11 By //
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This is the first Cabinet styling post, and we will cover several other styles for those of you who prefer a more modern sentiment or perhaps lean toward a more traditional set. We will also most likely cover a few stylings for each style type! We have lot's of material to cover, and we shall! There are other techniques for constructing cabinetry, however, I am taking the approach of designing these plans so that you don't have to invest in an entire collection of new and expensive tools to create your dream kitchen.

I am wondering if any of you are beginning to feel empowered by this series? For me, I know anytime someone shows me I can have something I am dying for, for less money, and that I can do it myself, it puts me over the moon in self empowerment!

  • 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 plywood portion of this door.
  • 1 – 1/2″ x 4″ board @ 8' this is basically a 1×4 only rather than being 3/4″ thick you need 1/2″.
  • 1 – 1/4″ x 3/4″ Solid Wood Edge Strip (Trim)@ 8'
  • 1 -1/4″ Bead Board panel if you want to insert that in the center of this door. Be sure this is only 1/4″ or you can also use paintable wallpaper for the insert. This is purely aesthetic so both would be fine.
  • 5/8″ Screws
  • 5/8″ Finish Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 1 – 1/4″ Ply at 22 3/4″ x 15 1/4″ (Main Cabinet Panel
  • 2 – 1/2″ x 4″ Board at 22 3/4″ (sides)
  • 2 0 1/2″ x 4″ Board at 8 3/4″ (top/bottom)
  • 1 – 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. Allow to Dry and use Finish Nails to secure.

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 

Fasten your boards to the sides, top and bottom. Use glue and 5/8″ screws from underneath.

Step 3

Step 3 

Attach your Edge Strips around the outside. Use masking tape to secure them while the glue sets, then fasten with finish nails. The sides will sit past the top and bottom to house the top and bottom edge strips and visibly hide the edges of the edges…hahaha.

Step 4

Step 4 

If you would like to add the bead board insert, simply cut to size and glue down.

Finishing Instructions 

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

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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