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Cabinet Making

Cabinet Making Advice for the Do-It-Yourselfer

When we think of cabinet making today, we usually think of a carpenter that specializes in building kitchen cabinets or organizers for the bedroom closets. But, in years past, these craftsmen created all kinds of furniture. For example, Thomas Chippendale was a cabinet-maker.

Cabinets, themselves are not that difficult to build, especially today, since many of the pieces are pre-fabricated. With simple tools and a design in mind, a do-it-yourselfer can replace the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom cabinets in just a few days.

For cabinets that sit on the floor, you will need a base. Many of the pre-fabricated units already have a base attached. For hanging cabinets, no base is necessary, but you might like to add a little trim to spruce up a plain piece.

Cabinets may be frameless or framed. The frameless cabinet is suitable for storing large lightweight items, such as towels. If doors are to be attached, you will need a face frame.

You can purchase pre-fabricated units that include face frames for drawers and doors. If you want drawers, you will need to learn how to install sliders. You will also need to make sure that the cabinets you purchase or build have sides suitable for supporting the sliders and the drawers.

Customized cabinet making is a term commonly used to describe cabinets that are "built-in", not free standing or movable. In some cases, they are backless, the walls they are attached to become the inner backs of the cabinets.

Things like the lazy Susan and other specialized compartments are often used in custom cabinetry to make the most use of the space available. In corners, for example, there is usually quite a bit of wasted space, unless special measures are taken to allow the users to reach the areas. So, corners are something to think about when you are working on your cabinet design.

Kitchen cabinets may extend to the ceiling or have a top. The tops are a bit of dead space, but they can be used for decorative purposes. For example, many people use the space for potted plants or displaying pottery.

The tops of floor cabinets will typically become counter space. So, when you are planning your design and estimating costs, you will need to decide what types of counters you want and learn how to install them.

Cabinet building was, at one time, a popular hobby. It might become something that you enjoy, too.

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