Louvered Doors

Awhile back, I was building a small wall cabinet that called for louvered doors. But instead of making a complicated jig to rout the slots for the louvers in the door stiles, I came up with a different method that allowed me to quickly cut the slots on a table saw.

I made a "louver strip" by cutting the slots on a separate blank, see drawing. Then the blank is glued into a groove cut on the edge of the door stile.

I cut the grooves in the edges of the door stiles first This way, the louver strips can be sized to fit in the grooves perfectly after the slots are cut.

The slots can be made on the table saw by simply cutting a series of

FIRST: Cut groove in edge of door stile SECOND: Cut angled kerfs in louver strip THIRD: Glue strip into groove

Louver strip

Louver

FIRST: Cut groove in edge of door stile SECOND: Cut angled kerfs in louver strip THIRD: Glue strip into groove

Louver strip

Louver

Cutting The Kerfs

angled kerfs using the miter gauge, see detail 'a'. An auxiliary fence is attached to the face of the miter gauge to back up the blank while cutting the kerfs to prevent tearout.

Once the kerfs are all cut, the blanks can be ripped to width to fit in the grooves in the stiles. Then they are glued into the door stiles and sanded flush.

When it comes to mak ing the louvers, just make sure to size the thickness of your louvers to match the width of the kerfs in the door stiles.

Tom Balph Mesa, Arizona

Door Stiles
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Responses

  • Louisa
    How to make a louver jig?
    8 years ago
  • sofia bell
    How do i cut slots in louver doors?
    8 years ago
  • bladud greenhand
    How to make louvered cabinet doors?
    8 years ago
  • conner
    How to make louvered door?
    8 years ago
  • demet
    How to cut the groves for a louvered door?
    6 years ago

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