When I first tried to learn how to build cabinets I had a hard time finding all the information I needed. There was a little bit here, a little bit there, but nowhere did I find all the information all in one place. I did my best to combine most of what you need to know in one place to make things easier for you. It's a bit of a long read but if you're serious about building your own cabinets it to save money it's well worth the time. One book I commonly saw mentioned was Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets (Popular Woodworking) by Danny Proulx which might be worth considering. I haven't read it myself.
Frameless cabinets are easy and affordable to build. They also provide more usable storage space over face frame cabinets. Over the years I've looked into different construction techniques for frameless cabinets and have put all that information together to help you build your own frameless base cabinets. To build matching wall cabinets see my post on http://ikkemunandar.blogspot.com /2013/06/how-to-build-frameless-wall-cabinets.html">How To Build Frameless Wall Cabinets. Construction of the base cabinet is relatively straight forward. The most difficult aspect is planning and sizing which will make up a good bit of this post.
Frameless cabinets have a more contemporary look but can be dressed up with trim and more elaborate doors to have a more traditional look.
http://ikkemunandar.blogspot.com /2013/01/how-to-build-drawer-boxes.html">drawer boxes. The cabinet carcass can be configured in a number of different ways to allow doors, drawers, open shelving or any combination which suits your needs.
The frameless cabinet design I find easiest to build, install and provides exceptional strength is the one pictured right. It is made of 3/4" plywood throughout, including a full back. The top consists of 2 4" stretchers. Up to a 30" wide standard base cabinet carcass can be constructed out of a single sheet of 4' x 8' plywood.
This is the design we'll focus on but I'll address some other options and aspects.
Cabinet Base Options
Standard Base No Toe Kick
Adjustable Cabinet Legs
What's more, it's easy to make changes to the cabinet height during installation (and with a little more work after installation) if the need arises.
The toe kick board gets screwed onto a plate that clips onto the legs after all cabinets have been installed and leveled. Unlike the standard base, it's easy to add a toe kick on the side of a cabinet such as the exposed end of a cabinet run. It also makes it easier to change the toe kick board to change the look of your kitchen at a later date.
Since the wood cabinet is kept off the floor these are good for spaces where dampness is an issue such as in basements, garages or other areas where cabinets are installed on a concrete slab floor.
The downside is it will add a little bit extra to the cost of each cabinet but not much and the benefts will usually outweigh the cost.
Separate Base Platform
Cabinet Back Options
1/4" Back With Nailers
What You'll Need
- Table saw or http://ikkemunandar.blogspot.com /2012/10/how-to-cut-plywood-with-circular-saw.html">circular saw and guide for making accurate and square cuts in plywood.
- Combination square
- http://ikkemunandar.blogspot.com /2012/10/which-kreg-pocket-hole-jig-to-buy.html">Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
- Kreg Shelf Pin Drilling Jig
Step 1: Calculate Cabinet and Component Dimensions
- Kitchen 36"
- Bathroom Vanity 33" to 36"
- Desk 30"
Cabinet Component Dimensions
Cabinet Side Dimensions
Cabinet Bottom Dimensions
Cabinet Shelf Dimensions
Cabinet Back Dimensions
Stretcher and Sub Toe Kick Dimensions
Step 2: Attach Side To Back
Drill pocket holes around the top and sides of the Cabinet Back and attach it to one of the sides as shown.