Cabinet Doors Glass

Update Kitchen Cabinets With Glass Inserts

  • cabinet doors with panel insert
  • LEXAN glass sheets, 1/8" thick
  • utility knife or plastic cutting knife
  • clear silicone
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • measuring tape
  • carpenter's square or straightedge
  • circular saw
  • wood chisel
  • safety glasses
  • hearing protection
  • painters' tape

Remove Doors

Remove cabinet doors, place existing hardware in a plastic bag and label doors and cabinets openings with painters' tape, numbering them to make re-assembly easier. Note: This tutorial is for replacing cabinet door panels with LEXAN glass. The cabinet must be constructed with a frame surrounding a panel, like the cabinet in the diagram.

Measure Doors

Remove doors from the cabinet and inspect top edge of the door. Each door will have a tongue-and-groove joint. First, measure width of groove on inside of cabinet then measure depth of groove on the cabinet. In example shown, depth of groove is 1/2-inch and width is 1/4-inch.

Mark Doors

On back of cabinet, mark doors in from the inside of the frame the depth of the groove. Use carpenter's square to mark all sides.

Cut Out Panels

Adjust circular saw cutting depth to depth taken in previous step. With eye and hearing protection, carefully cut marked lines with circular saw. Tip: Use a clamp to secure the door to the work surface.

Chisel Corners

Use a wood chisel to cut corners free.

Remove Wood Panel

With the wood chisel, pry wood panel free of cabinet frame. Remove panel and measure dimensions.

Cut LEXAN Glass

Mark dimensions of plywood insert on LEXAN glass. Using plastic cutting knife or utility knife, score LEXAN glass halfway through then snap LEXAN glass on scored lines. Tip: Clamp a straight board to the LEXAN glass and use as a scoring edge.

Apply Silicone

Apply clear silicone to interior door frame. Note: The cabinet was first painted white, this is an optional step.


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Curio Cabinet Display with Glass Door and Lock for Collectibles and Other Items to Showcase , Durable Black Steel Frame with Industrial to Contemporary Look
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  • Stylishly modern with its sleek lines, this curio cabinet offers a simple yet functional design that will display your treasured valuables beautifully.
  • The accompanying lock allows you to keep your belongings safe.
  • Cleaning glass is much easier than dusting delicate items, so protect your favorite pieces and display them on five glass shelves.
  • It features a 360 degree view of the cabinet contents.Also could be used in retail store as display case ,fixture .
  • The tempered glass is strong so no need to worry that casual incidents will create a break through.
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