Doors

1 For each door, cut the frame sides to size. The corners of the frame are joined together using dowelled butt joints (see page 25). Using a dowelling jig, drill holes in all four corners for the dowelling pegs and insert them so that the frame can be assembled dry to check for fit, size and squareness, and also to see that it lies flat without twisting.

2 Disassemble the frame and cut the grooves that will house the central panel, using a router with a 'Ain (6mm) bit. Make the grooves in the cross members from end to end, but in the upright pieces stop them at the dowel holes at both ends. Glue the dowels into the cross pieces only, and test for accuracy.

3 To make each door panel, cut slightly oversize and join together a number of tongue and groove pine-cladding planks. Mark the final size of the panel on the front in pencil, ensuring that it is as square as possible before cutting it out. So that the edges will fit into the grooves in the frame, use a smoothing plane to chamfer them on the back of the panel so that the chamfers will not be seen when the doors are closed. Cladding planks are usually put up with the flatter side to the wall, but here the flatter side is on the front of the door, so that the decorative groove does not show on the front of the cupboard door.

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