Alright John, I have to come clean and tell you about the project I started nearly 5 years ago. It's almost the same as yours. Being on a tight budget I set out to repaint our white cabinets, and build new doors with clear pine frames, and white mdf panels. It was a mistake, the pine (from lowes) is just to weak to support the mdf (kids may be a contributing factor). I started just gluing the joints, then got a pocket hole jig midway through the project. The only advantage to the jig is you don't wait for glue to dry, none of the doors have broken at the joint either way. Some have broken just inside the joint, then the door starts to sag. Most of the doors have split or cracked on the inside or outside of the groove holding the panel. The panels were not tight when I routed them, they slipped in easily. This project, that started failing before I was done, disgusted me so much that we have been living with some doorless cabinets for quite some time.
Now I am starting over(still on a tight budget), I'm wrapping the cabinets with oak. 1/4" oak ply on the ends with full 3/4" oak face frames right over the old face frames on the upper cabs. For the lower cabs the overlay face frames will be 1/4" ply with solid oak for the end pieces to hide the edge. The doors to keep it simple(and cheap) will be Skaker style t&g frames with oak ply panels.
As you can imagine, I have caught a lot of heat over the length of this project. And now I have to get it done before I start anything else. I have got some face frames up, but my "shop" has to be rolled onto the driveway to be used and it's been raining almost every weekend. I have been picking up wood(which I can't afford all at once), so once I get some good weather, I'm ready to go.
Rusty If You Want It Bad, You Get It Bad The Worse You Want It, The Worse You Get It