Build Your Own Interior Doors
Loose-tenon joinery and applied moldings keep door construction simple and strong.
Synopsis: When cabinetmaker Paul Levine decided to make full-size doors for his own house, he devised an approach that required no special tools or techniques. Levine assembled his doors with loose-tenon joinery and needed only one dado-blade setup. Moldings were applied after the doors were complete. Levine’s process can be used for doors with a variety of molding and panel-layout options.
As a cabinetmaker, I build doors all the time. But when it came time to make doors for my house, I cringed. Full-size doors have little in common with their cabinet-size counterparts. They are thicker and heavier, requiring beefy joinery to stand up to the strain of their own weight, not to mention daily use. So after making the first of the 11 doors I needed, I realized that the joinery and assembly methods I was using were not going to fly. I agonized for a few weeks…