I'm planning to replace the doors/drawer fronts in my kitchen. I'd
like to go with wood (oak). The cabinets themselves look fine and are
in fine shape, so I don't plan to reface. I'm trying to find a good
place online that's fairly reasonable, and can make a standard
shaker-style, and finish it for me. The place that stands out so far
is http://www.kitchendoorsonline.net /. They have a sister site,
http://www.newdoors.com /, which is for their RTF stuff. Does anyone
have any experience with them? I input all my dimensions with them,
and it came out to a reasonable $1K or so, including hinges (I'll
probably buy handles at the hardware store). This is in comparison to
a local place who would do the same job, but including installation,
for around $7K! If not kitchendoorsonline, who would you recommend
(I'd need delivery to MA).
I don't of course, order doors so I can't tell you anything about the
outfits you mention but if you take a trip to your nearest book store and
check their magazine section for a monthly publication called "WoodShop
News" it will have advertisements in it for outfits that make and supply
doors and drawers.
It will at least give you some more options.
Are you sure these are wood? The webpage does not say. We spent a fortune
for kitchen cabinets and found (after installation) that they are made of
floor sweepings held together with a water soluable glue!
If I had to buy more than 6-8 doors I would be looking at a good router and the
raised panel bits necessary to make my own. When you are done you will still
own the tools and you will be money ahead, even if you make some firewood in
the learning curve.
I don't know about that. There used to be a company in Dallas (they may
still be there for all I know) that made solid wood raised panel cabinet
doors and solid drawer fronts. They would ship the doors to me at a cost I
couldn't match by making them myself. IIRC, they had ash, oak, birch, and
It only took about a week to get the doors.
Like you, I'd make my own doors,but it may not be cheaper.
Just to give you a cost differential for purchasing or building your own.
Did 40 cabinet doors for SIL last year and estimated them out with a
national supplier for making raised panel doors from hardwood. These would
be unfinished and no hardware supplied was $2,500 plus delivery and tax.
My cost to make them, included all Blum hinges and some medium cost knobs
and pulls, rough sawn lumber was a total of $500. Took me about 2 weeks of
spare time and no, I did not have enough clamps - so that slowed me down.
Cabinet doors are not brain surgery and while you need some tools to do
them, if you're woodworking now, you probably own most of them already.
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