A Faster, Easier Approach to Custom Cabinets
Create desks, bookcases, pantries, and more with a slick hybrid design and problem-solving pocket-screw joinery.
Magazine extra: Watch Mike demonstrate how he uses a pocket-hole jig to make strong hidden joints for cabinet boxes, face frames, and more.
When designed and constructed properly, built-in cabinets can bring both style and storage to many parts of a home. Over the years, I’ve refined my approach to constructing cabinets to decrease the time and tools it takes to build them while ensuring their strength and good looks. I used my technique to build the Douglas-fir kitchen island featured here for my home, but I’ve followed the same process to make stain- and paint-grade kitchen cabinets, bookcases, linen cabinets, pantries, desks, bathroom vanities, and storage cubbies.
Your shop is where you make it
The beauty of this system is that the setup is simple and doesn’t rely on the space or tools found in big cabinet shops. Being able to set up shop in a driveway,…