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I am renovating the kitchen in mom's 1960 ranch. The cabinet doors are slabs and I want to give them a shaker look by routing grooves in them. Which process would be the most effective? There are at least 30 doors and a few drawer fronts.
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I would goupr the doors according to size, so all the doors you are going to put the same pattern in are together, then rout the grooves on my router table or with a guide, doing one groove at a time in all the doors with the same pattern. That way you don't have to repeat your setup for each door.

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You can put the doors inside a frame. Once around the frame will give your basic rails and styles. Then for each line in the middle, you can add a spacer cut out of scrap on your table saw.
There are several considerations. Shaker's would typically buy a lot of lumber to build with such as 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 T&G according to what I've read. That means that all the doors would have the same width grooves but there might be an odd space at one side. I would carefully consider the final look if you tried to change all the groove spacing to avoid this.

Also, you need to extend the vertical lines to separate the rails from the styles which means that the frame needs to be longer vertically and you would need spacers on either end to create the original inner frame separating rails and styles from the panel.

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Hi Jo

The easy way, you must have one in your town also, Bud has over 100,000 cabinets doors in stock, you name it you can find it in the racks, most go for penny's on the dollar,, with or with out hardware..most are brand new, take outs from new homes the norm..and from cabinet shops that went down the tube from making cabinets.

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What ever you do make sure that the doors are solid wood and not plywood. Grooving plywood or particle board would look terrible.
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