The Kitchen Cabinet
How to design and build one with basic tools.
Synopsis: A cabinetmaker offers step-by-step instructions for making a conventional face-frame kitchen cabinet. Techniques are geared for those without special tools. He even includes a cutting list for the cabinet he builds. This is a basic introduction to the subject.
The fundamental building block in every successful kitchen is the below-the-counter cabinet. It supports the work surface above and makes for organized storage beneath. Though this essential built-in can take on a multitude of styles and refinements, at heart the construction requirements are all the same. A sturdy case and framework, easily operable drawers, doors that fit and proper scale are common to good cabinets, whether made of painted plywood or expensive hardwood. In this article, I will describe the basic steps involved in building an uncomplicated, yet handsome, kitchen-cabinet unit for about $140 in materials.
The cabinet shown in this article is the standard 24-in. depth, and is designed for…