Building a cabinet takes woodworking skills, but any novice can learn these basic skills well enough to construct a simple cabinet. Cabinets come in quite handy throughout the home from the garage to the playroom. Not only do they do a wonderful job of storing all kinds of belongings, but they make for a neat presentation in the room. Learning to build cabinets is an effective way to add a little function to the home for a very affordable price tag. Following are simple instructions for cabinet making that only require a few simple tools and materials including a power hand or table saw, a drill wood, screws and nails.
Sketch and Measure Begin by taking accurate measurements of the space where you plan to hang the cabinet. Sketch out the design and add measurements to the sketch to make sure that nothing is overlooked. Use plywood to build the cabinet, or materials like melamine also work well and might be more durable.
Making the Cut Standard cabinet installation is 24 inches long and 34.5 inches high. Make sure that all sheets of plywood for the project are large enough for these dimensions. For a depth of 12 inches the project requires a top and bottom cut to measure 12 inches by 24 inches, and it requires two side pieces cut to measure 34.5 inches by 12 inches. Four facers form the plane for attaching the doors of the cabinet, and they will measure the lengths of the four sides and be about an inch or two wide. Any trim or legs will require additional wood.
Any time that power tools are used for a building project, always be safe. Use protection for eyes, ears, hands and feet. Then begin cutting the plywood into the predetermined sizes. It is easier to make the cuts if the wood is measured and marked beforehand, and a pencil will work very well for marking the wood. Then, proceed to cut the wood into the proper sized dimensions for the top, bottom sides and facers.
Assembling the Cabinets To assemble the cabinet, attach the top and bottom pieces to the two sides. Drill pilot holes and insert screws to hold the pieces in place. Using finish nails cover the four edges with the facer sections. Make sure that the corners fit snugly, and cover the edges with banding for a more professional and finished look.
Installing the cabinet door is very straightforward. Simply attach the hinges to the back of the cabinet doors. Depending on the weight of the doors use two or three hinges spaced evenly along the outer edges. Then place the door in position and use a pencil to mark where the screws will go. Next, drill pilot holes and mount the cabinet door to the cabinet facers using screws to securely fasten the door in place.
Hardware and Paint Install doorknobs or handles to make opening and closing the cabinet doors easier. Adding hardware to the cabinet also offers an attractive finishing touch. The cabinet can be left plain as in the case of a garage work area, or it may be painted or stained to blend into the decor of a room as in the kitchen or living room.
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