Cabinet Making for Beginners | First Attempt

if this is your first attempt at making a cabinet 
either for a kitchen or built-in let me show you   the fastest way to get that project done there 
are many different techniques used today to   build cabinets and some of them may require more 
tools than you may have therefore we're going to   keep things really simple today by using as 
few power tools as possible making all simple   straight cuts and assembling almost everything 
with Craig screws what we're building today is   known as a base cabinet meaning that it's designed 
to sit on the floor and oftentimes be attached to   a wall it measures 25 inches wide by 37 inches 
tall by 18 inches deep and it's sized to fit   into the corner of my shop where I'll be able to 
store all my pink hands that would otherwise be   disorganized the base cabinet is also made with 
a toe kick cutout so that when you're standing   close to the cabinet your toes don't hit however 
if you're making built-ins like what I have in   my office you may not need or like the look of a 
toe kick and if that's the case I'll show you what   not to cut to make that happen to get started and 
cut both cabinet sides to your desired width and   height the material I'm using here is 3/4 inch 
paint grade cabinet plywood because the bottom   shelf and three support pieces fit in between the 
sides their length or width depending on how you   look at it is an inch and a half shorter than a 
cabinets overall width the support pieces are all   three inches wide and the bottom shelf stops short 
of the back by a half an inch and you'll see why   later with the support pieces and bottom shelf 
cut to the correct size it's time to move on to   the layout when it comes to laying everything 
out it's really important to mark the Front's   then book match the two side pieces like this it's 
important to book match the sides for two reasons   first you can keep track of the good side if you 
have one or if you're using a prefinished plywood   that only has the finish on one side the second 
reason is because it's very easy to make a mistake   and make two rights or two less and then when you 
go to put everything together surprise moving on   the first thing the layout is the right side toe 
kick the most common size is three inches in from   the face and three to four inches in height and 
here's a perfect example of how easy it would   be to jump over to the left panel and layout 
it's toe kick in the same location but if you   were to do that once you book match these sides 
you can see that the toe kick on the Left panel   would now be on the back side of the cabinet so 
bottom line layout one side first and then the   next and then book match the size to verify that 
you got it right the bottom shelf sits right at   the top of the toe kick and I'd like to make a 
mark with a framing square so I can get a good   visual on its location to layout for the support 
rails measured from the back of the cabinet in   1/2 inch then draw a line down a few inches 
and then transfer that same line to the top   as well this line represents the back of both 
rear support rails and the edge of the quarter   inch dado which holds the back panel the other 
support rail gets laid out tight to the cabinet   top and face as I mentioned before the back panel 
sits in a quarter inch dado and runs the whole way   down the back of the cabinet now that the right 
side is all laid out transfer those marks over   to the left panel making a perfect book match 
set with that done it's time to cut out the toe   kicks and melt the quarter inch dedos as a side 
note if you're making cabinets like I have in   my office you can go ahead and skip cutting out 
the toe kicks here and move right into milling   the quarter inch dado at the table saw make all 
the straight cuts for the tote kicks being sure   not to over cut beyond the pencil lines then 
finish in with a jigsaw or a handsaw now lower   your table saw blade down to about a quarter of 
an inch with the side panel facing down and its   back against the fence line up the blade with the 
half-inch mark and run both panels through next   grab the scrap of plywood and run that through 
as this will be your test piece adjust the fence   so that the next pass removes enough material so 
that the plywood panel fits into the groove you   may need to make a few micro adjustments to get a 
perfect fit and that's okay once you're satisfied   run both pieces through with that done it's time 
to drill out for all the pocket holes for this   cabinet there are four holes on each side of the 
bottom shelf two on each end of the support rails   and I've also added two more on the back support 
rail to fasten it up tight to the other rail to   assemble put the cabinet facedown on a flat table 
and locate the bottom shelf tight to the face of   the cabinet leaving it short in the back so that 
the plywood can by using a few clamps to hold the   bottom shelf firmly into position secure it with 
glue and screws from there remove the clamps and   spin the cabinet's so you can now work on the top 
support pieces with those clamps in place fasten   them to the cabinet sides to get the measurements 
for the width and the height of the back panel   measure from the inside right dado to the inside 
left dado and then deduct about an eighth of an   inch to get the height measure from the bottom 
shelf to the top of the cabinet to install the   panel slide it into the dado until it's flush 
with the top and flush with the bottom shelf   before you fasten the back panel to the support 
rail into the bottom shelf use a framing square   or measured diagonals to ensure the de cabinet 
is square once square fastened with small finish   nails Brad's or screws so at this point there's 
two options you can apply an edge banding to cover   the plywood edges or you can build a simple face 
frame and Craig screw it all together either way   you go you're gonna need to build some doors for 
your cabinet if you need some help with that I'll   leave my video right here so you can watch that 
now thanks for watching if you have any questions   leaving them below in the comments section god 
bless I hope everybody's well see you next week

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