How to Build Kitchen Cabinets

Free Guides to Building All Types of Kitchen Cabinets

One of the most common reasons why people learn woodworking is to build cabinets. As you've probably noticed, outfitting your kitchen with all of the necessary cabinets found at the local home centers can be a costly proposition. The worst part is that kitchen cabinets are little more than sturdy wooden boxes mounted in strategic locations. Why should you pay a premium for something that, with a little know-how and a few tools, you can build and install yourself for a fraction of the cost? ...MORE The following list of articles will get you well on your way to saving hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in cabinet costs. Plus, once you get the hang of it, you can even create similar cabinets for bathrooms, your utility room, garage, workshop and more!

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    No discussion of cabinetry is complete without first covering the basics. Before you dive into building individual cabinets, take a read through this article to give you a solid foundation on the makeup of kitchen cabinets, as well as the tools and accessories that you need to make the job easier.

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    Base cabinets are the foundation around which your kitchen will be centered. Not only do the base cabinets provide ample storage, particularly for larger items like pots and pans, but they also form the foundation for your kitchen countertops. As with all of the plans found on this page, you can easily modify the widths and depths of the cabinets to fit your particular installation.

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    The kitchen sink base cabinet is a modification of the standard base cabinet, designed to support a variety of heavy kitchen sinks. Additionally, the inside of the cabinet must account for water feeds to the sink, the drain line, potential hookups for a dishwasher or an ice maker on the refrigerator, a garbage disposal and more.

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    Nearly all kitchens will require at least one blind corner base cabinet, which is where two lines of cabinets butt together in a corner. There are a few variations of this cabinet, such as an angled drawer or lazy susan in addition to a wide-open blind corner base, each of which allows for different storage uses of an unusual cabinet space.

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    Wall cabinets are commonly used for dish and glass storage, food and spice storage, cookbooks and more. Wall cabinets can be covered by doors, be left open to display items, or perhaps covered with glass-filled doors. No matter how you choose to cover your wall cabinets, the basics of the box design are quite similar.

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    Pantry cabinets are typically tall, narrow units that extend from the floor to the top of the wall cabinets. They can tie together a kitchen and be built with multiple shelves for food storage, or be left open to accommodate brooms and other tall items. In either case, the basic pantry cabinet carcase is the same.

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    Do you have a lot of cookbooks that you'd like to display or store for easy access? Perhaps a kitchen bookcase cabinet would be a nice addition. This type of cabinet can also be used to outfit a study or living room wall where family heirlooms, trophies, and knick-knacks can be displayed.

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    Hanging wall cabinets securely can be a concern, but with a french cleat (sometimes referred to as a wedge bracket), your wall cabinets will be firmly secured to the wall. This technique works great for securing a number of large items to the wall, such as this rustic pot rack that is ideal for storing and displaying cast iron cookware.

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    One of the easiest ways to remake the look of a kitchen is to replace the kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Cove-style raised panel cabinet doors are a popular choice, particularly in North America, but they usually require a very expensive set of raised panel router bits with a heavy-duty router and a router table to build. In this set of plans, learn about a versatile alternative building method using an angled fence installed onto your table saw that allows for a wider variety of cove...MORE shapes than a single-arc panel-raising router bit set.

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    A more basic design for cabinet doors, the slab-style door is popular in Europe. While the door is seemingly plain, it can be finished using a variety of techniques, from painting to staining, to give a desired look to the kitchen. For artists, this is a great palette onto which to paint designs for a one of a kind kitchen!