To begin, select a Bead, Panel, and Exterior Profile for your MDF door. You can scroll through the list of available options by clicking into the respective menu, and using the up/down cursor keys, or by clicking on the up/down arrows to the right of each box. Click to select and highlight the desired option. Make sure to choose an option for all three profiles – Bead, Panel, and Exterior Profile.
You will see a representative image displayed above each selection:
Next, click on the Layout button to see a preview of the frame design for your door:
Choose whether the dimensions for this door will be in Inches or Metric. Note that when entering dimensions in Inches, you can use either decimal (example: 12.75) or fractional (example: 12 3/4). You do not need to type the inch mark (“). When entering a fractional dimension, there must be a space between the whole number and fraction – example: 12 3/4, not 123/4.
When entering dimensions in metric, only millimeters and decimals are allowed – example: 304.8. Enter only numbers, you do not need to type mm.
Now, click into the Qty field, and enter the required quantity of doors of the current size and design. The Tab key on the keyboard allows you to easily and quickly move through the required fields – press the Tab key to move to the Height field, and enter the height. Press the Tab key to move to the Width field, and enter the width. Tab again to enter the Optional Door Name field.
The Optional Door Name is not required, but can be helpful for you in identifying the door after you receive it. The name will be printed on the label affixed to the door.
Pressing Tab again highlights the Add Door button. You can either press Enter or the Spacebar to add the door.
If you need to change the widths of the stiles or rails, you can continue pressing Tab to cycle through those fields and change them to the desired values. Once they are set, you can continue tabbing back to the Quantity field. This ability to Tab through the fields, and the order in which the fields are highlighted, allows you to quickly enter a list of doors with minimal use of the mouse.
Also, keep in mind that from any of the data entry fields, the Enter key will add the door. This can speed things up even more, as usually when you get the other door parameters entered, you only need to change the Quantity, Height, and Width. As you Tab through those, you can simply hit the Enter key to add the door, without needing to Tab to the Add Door button.
Next, choose how many panels this door will have. The options are Slab, 1 Panel, 2 Panel, or 3 Panel. A Slab door is a single slab of MDF with the chosen Exterior Profile – these work well for drawer fronts, or instances where the door is too narrow in one dimension to allow for a proper panel.
After choosing the number of panels, various options will be available to change the configuration of the panels and Mid Rails. Note that on a multi-panel door, the lower panel height is dictated by the middle and upper panel heights, and by the Mid Rail widths.
By default the Equalize checkbox is checked, which makes all of the panels the same size. Uncheck this box to make available the ability to change the panel heights.
It should be noted at this point that the height of the Panels, as well as the width of the Stiles and Rails, is measured to the very edge of the Stile and Rail profile, as shown here:
After adjusting the Panel Heights and Mid Rail Widths as desired, you can Tab back to the Quantity field and continue entering doors.
As you create your door list, they will appear in the area in the lower half of the window. This area contains all of the necessary specifications of the doors. Notice at the left side, the doors are numbered starting at 1. This number, along with the quantity of this particular door, will be printed on the labels affixed to the finished doors. The labels will be discussed more in-depth shortly.
If a mistake was made entering a door, it can be deleted from the list. Click on the row in the list, and that row will be highlighted. Then click Delete Selected Door, and it will be removed from the list, and the remaining list will be re-numbered. Any new doors added will always be at the end of the list.
It is also possible to delete the entire door list by clicking Clear Door List. If this is clicked, you will be asked to confirm before deleting the entire door list.
Now is a good time to enter a job name in the Job Name field. Enter alphanumeric (a-z, 0-9) characters. Any others will be automatically trimmed from the Job Name.
Clicking the Print Door List button will open a normal Windows Print dialog. The printed list will contain the Job Name.
When you are finished, click Save Door List. This will open a file dialog box allowing you to choose the save location. The filename will be pre-filled with your Job Name, however, you can change it if you need to.
Placing Your Order:
When you have saved your door list and are ready, click the Place Order tab, and make sure your Company Info is filled out and saved. (This information will be retained so you needn’t fill it out each time.) Then click Place Order. This will open a file browser where you will choose the MDF Door File you wish to order. Once selected, the file will be sent to us. We will then contact you regarding the order to provide pricing and lead time.
Click the Exit button to leave the program – you will be prompted to confirm.
Optional Door Labels:
If specified, your MDF doors can have labels affixed to them that will make identification and cross-referencing to your door list easier. The labels are removable – however, some adhesive residue may remain, but should be removed by your sanding process.
The label will contain the Door Number (which will match your list) and the Quantity, separated by a dash. So “3-2” would be Door #3, with a quantity of 2. On multi-panel doors, the door panels will also have (as necessary) “PAN1”, “PAN2”, and “PAN3” appended to the number.
If you specified a door name in the Optional Door Name field, it will also appear on the label.
The labels are formatted as: JobnameDoornameDoornumber-Quantiy
Example: SmithVanity3-2, SmithUpper4-1_PAN2, etc.
We will be adding new door profiles and options as often as possible. Each time the MDF Door Program is started, it will check online for updates. If they are available, it will prompt to download them. Updates will include new door profiles, added features, and bugfixes.
Shown in the titlebar of the program is the current version you are using. The top of this help page will show the most current version available.
Help us make this program better!
If you have any questions or suggestions to improve the program or process, don’t hesitate to let us know, and we will try to incorporate them. Our goal is to make the process of ordering custom MDF doors as easy as possible!