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Installing Glass Cabinet Doors

This DIY Basic will provide tips on installing glass cabinet doors.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

power drill
wood bits
portable jigsaw
router
rabbeting bit
screwdriver
glass pane
clamps
thin rubber or felt
safety goggles
mask
caulk & caulking gun
sand paper
pushpins
painter's tool
1/4-inch plywood or heavy cardboard
LED cabinet light

Step 3: Choose Glass and Cut the Cabinets

Instead of buying new kitchen cabinets, install glass in existing doors. Choose between three types of glass: 1) clear; 2) obscure, such as ribbed or pebbled; 3) opaque, including stained glass.

Cut template of plywood or heavy cardboard the size of cabinet door.

Trace glass panel on template and cut out opening .

Remove cabinet door and all hardware.

Place template on top of cabinet door and clamp the two together. Use thin rubber or felt to protect cabinet door from plywood.

With power drill and bit, drill two holes through cabinet door on opposite corners of cut-out. Holes should be slightly larger than jigsaw blade.

Insert jigsaw into holes and follow lines of template to cut out opening.

Sand all edges.

Step 4: Cut Pockets for the Glass

Use router with rabbeting bit to cut pocket in frame to hold glass pane. Or "pocket" glass with narrow wooden strips screwed to cabinet back.

Run thin bead of caulk around inside perimeter of pocket.

Step 5: Install the Glass

Place glass pane in frame and secure with pushpins inserted with painter’s tool.

Re-hang door and replace hardware.

Light new cabinet inside with LED cabinet light.

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