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Fundamentals of Cabinet Making
Written by Jim McDonald

Cabinets can sometimes, if not most times, be a necessity in households, workshops or even places of work.


Those empty cutlery and dishes in your kitchen, movies or novels in your living room, paperwork in your office and even the tools in your garage or workshop will most definitely cause you a lot of messy environment if not properly stored.


And who wouldn’t want to be dabbed neat really? No worries then, cause cabinet invention came to your rescue. However, you probably wanted one to suite your ideal habitat, right?


Here’s how to design your own:


Material


Cabinet making is classified under woodwork. Without much saying, this definitely tells you what to make a cabinet from. There are so many types of wood. Many of which you can use to make a cabinet from. What really differs between them is mainly whether it is hardwood or soft.


Other different qualities include color and texture. Some examples of hardwood are Hickory, Oak, Maple, Ash, Gum, Walnut and Poplar. These are, in many people’s opinion the advisable types to use for cabinet making.


Tools


Probably the next important thing to consider after acquainting yourself with the right wood, is the best tools to use. The most likely and kind of obvious may include a saw, hammer, nails, tape measure, square, sander, router, drill and clamps, to mention but a few.


If you are set on doing your work once and for all, and in the least time possible, it will be probably best if you purchased the finest high quality tools.


Dimensions


The tricky but not so difficult part now comes in. If you are building an under-sink cabinet, you want a cabinet to fit right under that sink, between the oven and the door to your kitchen, in the exact spot where the old one used to be.


These are just a mere list of probable tricky spots you would want to fix that cabinet. With just slightly wrong measurements, it just won’t fit.


There are a number of things to consider when taking dimension measurement. Your height and size of location should be top priority here. Make absolute certain that all measurements are accurate and all corners are square. To make a good solid cabinet, ensure it is based on the right angle (90). Also don’t slop the assembly.


Appeal


All it takes is a little artistic creative touch, to make that cabinet extra gorgeous. You could try painting it, most likely, to match the walls around it. You could even apply varnish to it to make it even more durable and shinier.

Jim McDonald

This site serves as a "journal" as well as a "giveaway" for all the plans and knowledge I've amassed throughout my life. It would be a shame if it goes into the grave with me.
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