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How to Assemble a Glass Cabinet Door

Assemble a glass door with these easy step-by-step directions.

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attach hinges with doors to cabinet
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Cut and Secure the Longest Muntin Bar

Select the rails and stiles from which the back, beaded shape has been removed.Glue and assemble the rails and stiles as above, but without door panels.Cut the longest muntin bar (typically the vertical, center piece) to fit the assembled glass door frame.Use a little glue and a micro-nailer to secure in place.Note: A micro-nailer works essentially like a pneumatic brad-nailer, but uses tiny nails, barely larger than a straight pin, to secure delicate pieces.

cut longest muntin bar to fit glass door frame

Step 2: Cut and Attach the Two Shorter Muntins

Cut the shorter two remaining muntin bars (the horizontal ones) to fit between the longer muntin bar and the assemble frame. Use a little glue and a micro-nailer to secure the two shorter muntins in place.

secure the shorter muntins in place

Step 3: Finish the Doors

To finish off the assembled doors, first sand each of the assembled door frames in preparation for a coat of primer. Prime each door and lightly sand with a fine grit paper in preparation for the finish coat. Apply an enamel finish coat of paint to the door frames.

finish off the assembled doors

Step 4: Cut Grooves for the Glass

To install the glass in the glass doors, determine the size of the glass panes required for the glass doors. Cut the glass to size (or have it cut) to size. After the finish coat of paint is dry, place the glass panes into each door panel.

install the glass in the glass doors

Step 5: Install Glass in the Doors

Use a thin wooden glass bead molding and cut it at 45 degree angles to fit the door/muntin openings. Use a micro nail gun to glass bead molding into place. Sand each of the door stiles, and prepare them for a coat of primer. Prime and sand for finish coat.

use thin wooden glass bead molding

Step 6: Hang the Doors

To hang each cabinet door, first determine the existing hinge locations, and transfer those to the doors. Chisel a mortise into the doors for the hinges Install the hinges to the door. Attach the hinges with doors to the cabinet.