General Information

General Information on Raised panel doors

bullet Specialty Woodworks warrants all doors to be within a size tolerance of +/- 3/64 of inch
bullet All doors 23″W and 46″H or smaller will have an allowable warpage tolerance of 1/8″  & all doors over that size will have a 1/4″ warpage tolerance.
bullet All unfinished door will be ready for finishing. I do recommend a light sanding to remove any scuff marks do to shipping.
bullet All Rails & Styles are 2 1/4″wide.
bullet All doors shipped UPS ground. (local orders can be delivered)
bullet Orders can not be cancelled once on the production floor.
bullet If You are ordering to be painted MDF is the best choice for this. (you will need to prime doors first)  MDF panels are raised 1/8 of an inch.
bullet All doors are made from 3/4″ stock.
bullet All shipped doors will be Kraft paper & foam wrapped. (typically 5% of order)

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Door Measurements:


Note: if you are replacing existing doors and keeping your same cabinet boxes, and if your hinge mounting method is going to be the same as you have now, measure the doors you have now and compare them to the cabinet opening sizes. Your task may become much simpler. Keep notes for yourself of which sizes go on which openings.  

The single most important thing about measuring for doors is: you are ordering EXACT door  Do not order by the size of your opening. Inset applications are rare. This will be discussed further in a moment. There is also a measurement example toward the bottom of this page.

Below are Quality Doors recommendations for dimension allowances. A different amount may be needed where a special fit is required.

bullet For edge profiles 6,7,13,17,24 and 33 are best left to somebody comfortable with measuring cabinet doors. Profile 6  for example has a raised molding and may rub against another door if to close. (as would most likely be the case in a frameless cabinet.
bullet For all other edge profiles, add 1″ to opening height and width. (This is a general rule of thumb only)


Why?The main reason is, if your door is the size of your opening, it will swing into your cabinet and look crooked. You want your doors to stop at the face of the cabinets.Why am I adding 1″ in most cases? Euro box cabinet construction is generally constructed of 5/8″ thick Melamine board. Older cabinetry may have thicker walls. When you add an inch to your opening size, that leaves an overlap (common term is overlay) of ½” on all four faces. You are hiding a half inch lip all the way around the cabinet and allowing 1/8″ to show.  This is commonly known as full overlay.

For Face Frame cabinets, your door will extend ½” past the opening on all four sides. Then you can use a face frame concealed hinge or one of the many decorative popular choices in semi-concealed hinges.


European cup hinges are made by dozens of manufacturers and carry many degrees of opening and overlay choices. Consideration should be given to your planned mounting method before sizing your doors. Why? Okay, here’s the scenario. We just said full overlay is approx. ½” of the 5/8″ siding material being covered. In some cases, you will need a half overlay hinge. Thus ½” of your cabinet wall is not covered, a 5/8″ panel may have two doors hinged to it back to back. How could each overlay a ½”? It won’t work. So you could move that door away from the direct center of the panel edge and achieve half overlay (either using a larger mounting plate or a half overlay hinge). So you moved to doors in opposite directions of each other on a cabinet bank that has 4 doors. Now your outside pair of doors are banging in to your inside pair. Your inside pair of doors actually should have been made less wide. Same height is correct, but the width should be about 3/8″ less. European hinges measure using the metric system.  
The above is not meant to be confusing, but consideration should be given to mounting methods. In face frame applications that are full overlay, this problem generally does not arise.Face frame distance between the top of your door and the bottom of your drawer front: you have a little play here. Your drawer fronts should still measure 1″ wider and higher than your opening. Note where filler strips may be needed to accommodate dishwasher door swings and protrusions.


About inset applications (or flush as sometimes called). Many armoires and entertainment centers have inset doors. The doors are mounted inside the cabinet walls, not in front of them. In this case, you may want your door to be 1/8″ less in height and width, giving you 1/16″ clearance on all four sides.But what if the armoire or entertainment center isn’t completely square? Then you may have a problem closing your doors. Your might want your door to be 1/4″ less in height in width, giving an 1/8″ gap on all four sides (sounds wiser, doesn’t it). What about a pair of doors closing toward each other? Taking your overall opening, dividing by two and subtracting a 1/4″ from each door is going to leave a big gap between them. Now we’re thinking maybe taking 3/16″ off the width measurement and that 1/4″ off the height. What will that do?
Example: overall width opening is 32″ and the height opening is 40″. Let’s make the height of our doors 39-3/4″, gives 1/8″ top and bottom gap. Now for the width, we want that 1/8″ on the left and the right and 1/8″ between the doors in the middle so they don’t pinch. 32″ minus 1/8″ three times is 31-5/8″. Cut that in 2 because we have two doors, and our door widths are 15-13/16″.


Another common feature of armoires and entertainment centers is pocketing door mechanisms or flipper doors.Pocketing doors are most always inset applications. They have to be to fit inside the opening. Yet some pocket doors are overlay doors. The overlay will be on the cabinet side walls and the special hinge will swing the door so it can retract inside the cabinet. The overlay is not on the top and bottom walls of the cabinet box or else the door could not fit inside the cabinet. Overlay pocketing doors require more explanation than what will be given here. Our only recommendation is to purchase the pocketing door hardware first and follow the directions for it.

Overlay or Inset — what’s the difference?

Here’s something to consider when selecting hinges
Look at your cabinet design before selecting hinges. On Eurostyle cabinets, hinges are attached directly to the cabinet side. This gives you the option of fully overlaying, half overlaying or insetting the door within the opening, as shown below.

Overlay applications
If you decide to use an overlay cabinet design, select full overlay hinges for the ends and half overlay hinges in the middle of a row of cabinets.

Inset applications
Inset doors are recessed into the cabinet carcass to create a completely flush, clean-lined look.


Clip-OnBlum’s Clip-On feature allows you to install and remove the door without removing the hardware.

How many hinges and how much adjustability?

How many HingesUse the chart to determine how many hinges you’ll need for the height and weight of your door.A door that is 43” high and weighs 14 lbs. requires three hinges. If your door is only 24” high but weighs 14 lbs., go with three hinges for maximum support and stability.

Use on 5/8” – 3/4” doors unless otherwise noted.




Last modified: 07/30/08

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