DIY Cabinet Design
Get the Kitchen of Your Dreams by Building the Perfect Cabinet
By Linda Parker
One of the best ways to revamp your kitchen is to give the kitchen cabinet a makeover or to install brand new cabinets. Even though building kitchen cabinets is not a very complicated task, the project would definitely require some basic knowledge of woodwork. For even the most experienced carpenter, the task of cabinet construction can be a daunting one. Making kitchen cabinets is essentially a repetitive process of creating a box shape. However, creating matching door and drawer fronts can make the job more complicated.
The process can be broken down into four basic steps:
- Assemble the cabinet base, except the front, using heavy plywood. Add shelves to the inside using glue and fasteners. Available fasteners for cabinet construction include nails, pocket screws, dowels and other options.
- Attach face-frames made of solid or paint-grade wood to the base. Place the base on its back, position the cabinet doors over the face-frames, and mark the hinge locations.
- Attach hinges, handles or drawer pulls to the cabinet doors, drawers and base.
- Install the cabinet into the wall using appropriate screws and/or mounting hardware.
If you are designing and building kitchen cabinets for the first time, it may be a good idea to consult a professional for advice on how to handle the more complicated parts of the task. Another option for those wanting to avoid too much woodwork would be to give old kitchen cabinets a makeover to make them as good as new.
Before you begin, it’s important to get organized. This means keeping track of your wood materials and various pieces, because once you begin the process everything could become hard to keep track of, leading to confusion and misplacement of wood pieces. It’s important to label any wood pieces and individual doors you remove according to where they will need to go.
When it comes to construction, safety is the number one priority. This means keeping all your tools in a safe place and easily visible. In carpentry, tools can easily turn deadly, so make sure to maintain an orderly worksite and keep any sharp tools away from children and on steady ground.
Before you begin building or remodeling the kitchen cabinet, you must decide on a style for the cabinets. It’s important to ask yourself if you want the kitchen to match the rest of the house or to be different and unique. Three of the most popular categories for cabinet styles are:
- Modern – Lacquered wood cabinets in colorful shades.
- Traditional – Arched cabinets, recessed panels to give a cozy and more homely feel.
- Vintage – For a more old-world style, give the cabinets some decorative molding and use beaded boards.