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In my DVD “Building Furniture With Hand Planes,” we offer plans for a Shaker Hanging Cabinet, which is what I’m working on throughout the DVD.

However, as some viewers have pointed out, the plans on the DVD are for a cabinet with a solid-panel door. In the DVD, I’m building a divided-light door.

If you need plans and details for the divided-light door, I’ve posted a link below to download a dimensioned SketchUp drawing of the door that you can take apart and study. Now, some of you might be confused by how the mullions are put in. I use a technique taught to me by Glen D. Huey that is a huge time-saver. (126.82 KB)

So to save some time for you, I’ve also included his article on the topic below. It is highly recommended reading for anyone who builds doors with flat mullions.

What’s different about it? Well instead of milling the rabbets and joints in the mullions (which can be tricky), Glen builds up his mullions using thinner stock. I’ve used this technique for years after learning it from him.

You glue the mullions in piece by piece. It sounds trickier than it is. The first time you do it, you’ll be amazed how easy it is. And yes, the result is very strong.

Divided_Light_Doors2.pdf (1.62 MB)

Hope this helps.

– Christopher Schwarz

Other Resources Related to this Blog Post

“Building Furniture With Hand Planes” on DVD

Woodworking Magazine Vol. 1, which features plans for this cabinet.

Free plans for the original cabinet with a flat panel door.

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  • Christopher Schwarz

    Fixed file above. Sorry about that.


  • This looks like a very handy technique that I have try out now. Thanks again for all your great tips. FYI I think that some of the article cut off or at least the link that I hit cut the last part off.

  • Martin S.


    Thanks for posting this.

    It is another example of why PWW is such a great magazine. I don’t think other editors would have put forth the extra effort that you do everyday.

    I really appreciate it.


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