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 Raised/Flat Panel Door Calculator

Here is a calculator that Scott Morell has developed to assist you in building your own doors for your aquarium stand and/or canopy. This calculator will provide a materials list and basic instructions that intermediate woodworkers should be able to follow.

There are many good sources online that can help you with many of the questions you may have. Here are some that looked pretty good to me:


Here are some reminders:
1)Use 1/2'' shank router bits if at all possible. 1/2'' shanks provide better stability and vibrate less and produce a smoother cut.
2)Due to the force of the router, it is best to make multiple light passes rather than one heavy cut.
3)Ensure that 90% of the shank is in the collet.
4)Always use a router table.
5)Reduce the RPM of your router.
6)Then test your the settings on some scrap lumber.
7)Follow the router manufacturer's recommendations.
8)Work SAFELY and keep your fingers on your hands!!!

Construct these canopies at your own risk. The authors and GARF will not be responsible for any damage or injury caused by improper use of tools or construction. The combination of wood, water, and power tools can lead to serious consequences, so please use common sense or consult a professional carpenter if you do not have the proper experience.

Door Height
Door Width
1/8" increments
Number of Doors

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