DIY Mitered Door Frame: A How-To Video


The MLCS Mitered Door Frame Bit allows you to create dramatic decorative trim. So in this video, we’ll show you how to make a beautiful raised panel door with a mitered door frame using this versatile, carbide-tipped router bit.

*Tip: Before starting this project, check your stock for uniform thickness. If it is not of uniform thickness, machine it as needed to make it of uniform thickness.

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Mitered Door Frame Bit Testimonials

One MLCS customer, Paxton Siemsen, had this to say: “I used #18698 for the Ogee panel insert and #18781 for the frames and #9012 Merle Clamp and #8778 for short drawer fronts. I love your router bits. Made this entire kitchen from scratch.”

Customer-built kitchen, made with MLCS Mitered Door Frame Bits.

Customer-made short drawer fronts, built with MLCS Mitered Door Frame Bits.

I used these router bits to remake my master bathroom cabinets - eighteen door and drawer fronts. The finished product was excellent. I also made two large picture frames for surround the mirrors. They accented the drawer/door fronts making the bathroom exceptional. I would recommend these bits to everyone. Just make sure you follow the tips on the MLCS videos in addition to making the last several passes at 1/16th inch or less intervals.

Rob Brown    July 9, 2016    GA US    Website   

Used the 8781/8788 to redo my master bathroom cabinet doors and drawers. Love the results.

Here are some hints that might help others after viewing the video:

1) If you use 1" stock for your frames as was my case, use 3/4" stock for the panels. Also, leave the panels 1/4" below the surface of the frames with a 1/4" cove - it will look so much better.

2) Use as many finger joints as possible while routing. This way you do not have to waste stock.

3) I made a special jig to go along with my 45 degree sliding sled to ensure exact frame lengths - I needed 18 drawers/doors to make. This helped tremendously.

4) When using the slot cutter (larger 8781 frames only) make sure you give yourself a little play in the cut else your finished frames might not have exactly flush corners.

Golf Nut    January 26, 2014    Greensboro, GA US    Website   

For starters they're truly beautiful. The # 8781 with the #8778 combo I got with. It really makes the door just lovely. I enjoy using my router with this set though making a couple mods to it which was no bit deal at all I have fun doing this door profile. The "KEY" thing that must be done with this set and any set for what I can see is this. You should give yourself at least 1/2 to 1" full inch of extra board but the wider the better that way when you route out the profiles the bearing rides along the wood and the rest of the wood stock rides perfectly flat. This in turn creates a perfect profile to which if you use the biscuits cut them in having the stock face down. When you do stock face down you're referrancing everything from that point and if you're off some place you'll be able to sand the back to create appealing panels without any worries. The biscuit cutter works awesome for the door profile but not so much for the drawer profile. Was going to try it but there's not enough meat unless you add your fingers to the equation to be able to satisfy the use of the biscuits. I have a CMT tounge and groove router bit set that are matching height to which I used while goofing off and that worked the best for the smaller profiled drawer set. If I had the extra money I'd buy all of the sets just to have and enjoy creating saw dust but I don't right now and I hope that they come up with some matching sets to complement the other sets of door profiles for the drawer profiles. Cause of the biscuit situation of the smaller profile I give it a 4.7 but everything else is perfect. Can't wait to spend more money trying the other bits out when given the chance. Maybe they could send me a set of each for a trial run as the one I cut with now cuts every wood I put threw it clean as a whistle.

Justin    March 14, 2013    Sioux Falls, SD US    Website   

I just used this set as shown on the video and the details it leaves on the wood is beautiful.

Thanks MLCS.

Anonymous    January 11, 2011    Website   

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