Step 1: Draw the Stiles.

marking the stiles on a hollow-core door
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the hinge pins, and remove the door from the jamb. Set the door on your work surface, unscrew the hinges, and pop out the lockset. We opted for a traditional four-panel look using heavy nose-and-cove molding that complements the built-up door casing. (See note on proportions, below.) Use a combination square to mark the outside stiles of your panel frames along the stiles of the door, as shown.

Note on proportions: A typical interior four-panel door has three equivalent stiles with a matching top rail and a deeper base rail. Mock up simple patterns cut from cardboard to see what size panels will look best on your door.
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    Tools List

    • flathead screwdriver
      Flathead screwdriver
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head screwdriver
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • framing square
      Framing square
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • bar clamps
      Clamps
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun
    • rounded chisel
      Rounded chisel
    • mallet
      Mallet

    Shopping List

    1-by-1¾-inch poplar nose-and-cove molding Get four 8-footers.

    18-gauge 1-inch nails for pneumatic nail gun

    Wood glue

    Wood putty

    120-grit sandpaper

    Latex primer and paint

    New lockset (optional)

    Note on proportions: A typical interior four-panel door has three equivalent stiles with a matching top rail and a deeper base rail. Mock up simple patterns cut from cardboard to see what size panels will look best on your door.