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The two main types of framed cabinet door designs are cope and stick and mitered joints.  The two designs are similar in that they are constructed using four frame sections and a center panel. However, they differ in the way the four frame sections are joined together. 

This is only used for our soft maple doors.


Cope and Stick Joints
A cope and stick joint for cabinet doors is made with a mortise and tenon joint, which forms a 90-degree angle and vertical seam at each of the four corners. The mortise is the slot, and the tenon is the carved tongue that fits precisely into the slot. This joint requires careful workmanship and is created using cope and stick router bits to make the tongue in groove design, allowing the parts of the frame to piece together perfectly. 


Mitered joints are similar in that the frame is constructed of four sections of wood that use a tongue in groove joint fabrication method.  For a mitered cabinet door, each of the four frame sections are cut at a 45-degree angle at the ends to create a diagonal joint of 90-degrees at each of the corners. This is also a durable joint option for cabinet doors, but creates a different look and style because of the angled corner seam. Due to having angled corners, we CANNOT do
5-piece drawer fronts when drawers are 5.5" or smaller. This will cause the door to split at the seams where the frame joins when adding the hardware for them. Therefore we suggest to have flat drawer fronts for the top row and 5-piece drawers for those below it.

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