|Exercise in Building a Wood Cabinet
Wood: Red Oak, Poplar and plywood
A. Create the Frame.
I. Create the Face
1. Use miter saw to cut 2" wide oak.
Make two with length 23 3/4" and three with length 11"
2. Layout -
Determine what side of each piece will face out.
Label pieces (ie. T for top, arrow to indicate direction.
Mark the styles where the rails go.
3. Attach pieces -
Drill two screw slots in each end of each rail using a Kreg jig.
Clamp a rail to left style and screw it together. Do all three rails.
Then attach right style.
[alternate attachment method is to use a dowel jig, but dowels have to be lined up perfectly.]
II. Use Table Saw to cut Plywood Panels
1. Two end panels for frame - 23 3/4" L x 14" W x 1/2" D
One bottom panel - 13 3/8" L x 14 9/16" W x 1/2" D
One top panel - 14 3/4" L x 15 1/4" W x 3/4" D
One back panel - 20 1/4" L x 14 3/4" W x 1/4" D
One drawer bottom - 12" L x 10 1/4" W x 1/4" D
III. Attach the sides
1. Cut grooves in Face Styles and matching edge groove in Frame Sides.
2. Cut dado in Frame Sides for bottom.
3. Glue sides to face and glue in bottom.
Make Drawer Guides
Make cabinet door
Fence for cutting groove for hinges
User router to make top edge of
drawer rounded - both outside and
Get drawer to fit.
Make face plate for drawer
Make cabinet top
Fit before assembly
Make base border
Attaching back is last step.
This was the project we made in Beginning Cabinet Making class.
Here is a the cabinet I made in the next class: