What is the one thing that makes the ultimate difference between a room looking cluttered or put-together? Storage. And one of the best ways to maintain storage? The classic minimalistic solution — storage cabinets.
Having nice cabinets in your home can make a big difference in your everyday lifestyle, however they can be quite expensive if they cost around $120-400 per square foot. Therefore, knowing how to build your own kitchen cabinets can be quite the rewarding, money-saving enterprise. Many homeowners nowadays build their own kitchen cabinets in order to achieve a custom look without the huge price tag.
Building cabinets is not a complicated task, with the right tools and a few instructions, your cabinetry project is a guaranteed success. Generally, all you need are intermediate woodworking skills, a basic collection of your typical woodworking tools (and maybe a few extra items) and a fair amount of free time. However, in order to make well-built cabinets in a reasonable amount of time, you will need more than the instructions offered in this article. If you are completely new to cabinetmaking, we highly recommend picking up “Ted’s Woodworking” which will give you a more comprehensive guide into woodwork.
Shopping list materials for building a tool storage cabinet:
- ¾-inch and ½-inch A-C plywood
- perforated hardboard, used on the cabinet doors
- metal shelf standards and clips
- carpenter’s glue
- 2-inch pocket screws
- 1⅝-inch drywall screws
- 1-inch and ⅝-inch pins
- 1×3 pine
- continuous piano hinges
- pull handles
- pegboard hooks and baskets
Calculate the desired measurements, such as counter depth, counter height, cabinet width etc. needed for the custom cabinet that you want.
Cut the sides, center divider and the rabbets according to the desired measurements for your cabinets.
To make the shelves for the cabinet adjustable, make a dado cut and nail in the shelve standards.
Use a pockethole jig to make pocketholes in the cut outs, this will join the top and the bottom boards to the sides. And to make a stronger hold, use both the pockethole screws with the addition of some wood glue.
Place in the rest of the shelves and then put glue on the top, sides and divider and then place the back right onto the wet glue. Tack the back in place and then screw some nails in place to hold it together.
To create the cabinet door, first make dato cuts (right down the center) on the wood pieces for the wood frame. Then, cut the tenon according to the required size and then make a quick mortise-and-tenon joint by fitting the tenon into the dado-cut slots. Complete for three sides.
Slide in the door panel and repeat step #6 to seal of the top. This will give you one complete cabinet door.
Use a piano hinge to attach the doors to the carcass. And your handmade cabinet is ready to use.
When your cabinet-making project reaches its final stages, you might be thinking of adding some final touches or a personalized ‘Style Statement’. Also, choosing a solid wood finishing will go a long way in protecting your cabinets through the upcoming years of use. Make sure to check out the premium guide which can help you in selecting a finish that will accentuate the beauty of your new cabinets, and withstand even the worst of environments.
Whilst woodwork is not a job for the impatient, it is a home improvement job that gives great satisfaction. It saves you enormous labor costs and provides you with a unique, custom design for your home.