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A Matter of Preference

The mortise-and-tenon joints in Scott Gibson's cabinet door are strong, but they take several hand tools a bit of fussing to fit just right. The cope-and-stick joints in Joseph Lanza's door rely on glue to hold them together, but they fit perfectly right off of the router table.

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Introduction Introduction

(Playing on this page) Scott and Joseph describe the door-construction details they're about to use.

Cope-and-Stick Joinery Cope-and-Stick Joinery

Most modern cabinet doors use this construction method because it's fast and consistent.

Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery

This method of joinery may be right for you if you're not in a hurry and you like hand tools more than power tools.

Making the Panels Making Door Panels

Veneered plywood panels are sturdy and stable no matter what method of joinery you choose.

Gluing Up Gluing Up

You will need some glue, a few clamps, and a tape measure to make your doors solid and square.

Conclusion Conclusion

Scott and Joseph both find something to like about each other's techniques.

About the Authors

Scott Gibson
Scott Gibson was a natural choice to write about the history of Fine Homebuilding (#177). He was a senior editor at FHB in the 1990s and has been a contributing editor since 2002, and it would be pretty hard to find a topic Scott hasn't written about for the magazine. He has also served as editor and author of numerous Taunton books. Scott and his wife, Susan, live in Maine, where they're busy trimming out their new house, and walking their dog, Jack.

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Joseph Lanza
Architect-turned-carpenter Joseph B. Lanza is no stranger to coupling fine craftsmanship with good design. After working on the Texas Capitol as a preservation carpenter, Joe moved to Duxbury, Mass., where he’s worked on houses, cabinetry, and furniture. Although their two kids keep Joe and his wife busy, he still finds time to build and attempt to play acoustic guitars. His Web site is

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