Construct base cabinets with a carpenter's pragmatism and a cabinetmaker's precision.
Synopsis: Although kitchen cabinets are more often made in a millwork shop, the author of this article shows how a set of simple frameless cabinets can be made on site. The technique is straightforward, tools are few.
I built my first kitchen 11 years ago. It included 20 ft. of base cabinets, 14 ft. of uppers, 6 ft. of full-height pantry units, a 4-ft. by 6-ft. cooking island and a built-in computer desk. The job cost almost $7,000, and it was the biggest commission I had undertaken in my fledgling shop. When I finally pulled up to the job in a 24-ft. delivery truck to install all the parts, I was sweating more from apprehension than exertion.
I took a look around while the driver and his mate started bringing in the cabinets. Funny how narrow an alcove looks when your pantry units are standing beside it. And who put that windowsill there? Was this…