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4 Panel Shaker Door

Boring doors around the house are out. Transform them into charming decorative elements with this simple project. See the plan for moulding dimensions and the assembly instructions.

1

Prepare the door

  • 1.1 - Unhinge the door, remove the handle and hinges, keep the hardware for reinstallation.
  • 1.2 - Wash the door. It should be clean and smooth.
  • 1.3 - Apply a coat of primer and two of paint.
2

Cut the sheet of MDF

  • 2.1 - Measure and cut 2 – 80" x 5" x ½" strips from the MDF sheet.
  • 2.2 - Measure and cut 5 – 20" x 5" x ½" strips.

Pro tip

Paint the MDF strips before installing them onto the door.
3

Assemble the door

  • 3.1 - Glue both vertical strips to the extremities of the door.
  • 3.2 - Glue the top and bottom horizontal strips into place.
  • 3.3 - Evenly space the 3 remaining strips and glue into place.
  • 3.4 - Use clamps to set everything while the glue dries.
4

Install the handle

  • 4.1 - Using a hole saw, pierce the strip on which the handle will be installed. The hole should be 1/8" bigger that the handle’s diameter.
  • 4.2 - Reinstall the handle.

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