A Guide To Cabinets

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Project by JSB posted 09-21-2014 07:57 PM 3549 views 33 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are a lot of different ways to make cabinets and a lot of people out there who have never made any. I put together a “general guide” as to how I build them. It’s a really strong method that is great for shop, kitchen, or bathroom cabinets. The cabinets I made are a pair of bathroom vanities for a relative. It was a budget build with cheap pine and cheap pine plywood.

For those who are interested here is a link to a video, progress article, and a free downloadable PDF guide:

I also designed the cabinets in SketchUp first. If you would like to watch that video for either the SketchUp process or for a virtual construction of the cabinets it can be found here:

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

-- Jay -

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#1 posted 09-21-2014 10:13 PM

Good job building cabinets but this one would have to grow on me some with the various colors and textures.

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 12:07 PM

Always enjoy your builds.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 09-22-2014 01:49 PM

Looks great

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 09-22-2014 02:48 PM

This is a good high level look at making cabinets. It was fun to see your process. There’s certainly a lot of skill there.

On a constructive note I would have to agree with Redoak49 as far as the color pallet and textures. I almost never see pine as a face for cabinets. But when I do it is almost never stained (probably cause it blotches so much) and usually a higher grade knotty pine instead of construction grade. I don’t mind the white insides, in fact I like that it give the inside a more polished look. Routing the edges of the drawers and doors goes a long way with pine, like you did with you kitty litter cabinet.

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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#5 posted 09-22-2014 05:05 PM

The stain color and countertop choice were made by the person receiving them. Simple, quick, easy, and budget friendly were the goals.

-- Jay -

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#6 posted 09-22-2014 08:14 PM

thanks for the sketchup link

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 09-23-2014 03:19 AM

Good build video. I noticed that you have somewhat of an in feed table. Take a look at my in feed table. You may like it. It was built from left over scraps and HF roller bearings. Maybe $10.00 in to it. I did a cabinet build where I had to rip 26 sheets of 3/4 birch plywood. This saved my back.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#8 posted 02-24-2015 07:47 PM

Thanks so much, Jay. This will come in very handy for me.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#9 posted 06-30-2015 05:45 PM

I won’t flatter. It is the last century. With the tool which you have, the design has to be another (smooth, gentle, elegant). Literature is enough…....

-- Ganchik Sasha

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