Cabinetry Installation

Previous posts in this series are Rear Door Cabinetry and Addtional Rear Door Cabinet.

01Both cabinets are installed by re-using the existing door panels. They are first removed from the doors to which they are attached with plastic plugs.



With a red marker I indicate where I have to cut the metal door frame, to accommodate the cabinetry. I finish it off with some paint to avoid rusting.


08Unfortunately, I have to work around the door stops, which reduces the possible size of the cabinets significantly.


0910Some left-over wood is used as a frame in which the cabinets are installed. I use temporary bracing to keep the frame straight.


19The rough opening for the cabinet is cut with the scroll saw.
20And the panel fitted on the door. Through the opening I scribe a line onto the back of the panel, indicating the exact cabinet location.


212223In the workshop, the cabinet location is checked and cut out.


The main cabinet is test fitted in the door.
30The passenger side panel was too damaged to be re-used, so I copied its shape to another plywood panel.


31The same procedure was followed as in the other panel, to scribe and cut out the opening.


3334I used sets of machine screw, nut, washer and lock washer to attach the panels.


The final result still awaits the new fabric.


Rear Door Cabinetry and Finish contains this whole series, including additional text and pictures.



  1. Looking good!

    Probably a little now, but those door limiters could be replaced with external straps and footman clamps. The would then fold into whatever space you had rather than be a fixed length.

    1. Maybe not too late for the side doors. There I have the opposite problem: one of the doors has to extend beyond the 90 degrees to allow a cabinet shelf to open to the outside. Therefore the current door stop/limiter has to be replaced.

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