Installing Semicustom Cabinets
How to level, scribe, and fasten cabinets without marring the perfect factory finish.
Synopsis: Isaak Mester’s Master Carpenter article, “Installing Semicustom Cabinets,” teaches best practices for everything from unpacking and organization to careful layout tips and how to properly set upper and lower cabinets. Cabinet installation begins with establishing a reference line, which is drawn from the floor’s high spot, unless the gaps at the low points would be too large to mask with trim. Mester shows how to split the difference to get the best possible outcome. Setting begins in a corner and working outward, maintaining plumb and level with each successive cabinet. When it comes to finish pieces, such as crown molding and end panels, Mester demonstrates how to work carefully and efficiently with prefinished stock to prevent time-wasting and costly mistakes.
On the face of it, installing semicustom kitchen cabinets is pretty straightforward: Attach a run of boxes to the wall, make sure all the doors and drawers…