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How should I space my cabinet doors when there’s no post between them?

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I am making a cabinet—it will have two doors with no post between them. The opening is 21" wide x 15" high. The hinges are on the left and right sides, and the doors meet in the middle. How much spacing should I provide around and between the doors?

—Don Parks

I’m assuming by the way your question is phrased that these will be inset doors, rather than overlay. If this is correct, I would suggest a spacing of around 1/16” at the most. (I like to use a dime to check spacing.) I would strongly suggest initially building the doors to the full size of the opening, and then trimming them back little by little to get that perfect reveal.

Ryan Shervill

Ryan Shervill is a field editor and contributor to Outdoor Canada, as well as an avid hunter and shooter. He is also Canadian Home Workshop’s online Ask a Pro and contributing editor.

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