An organized kitchen is every homemaker’s dream. Enough shelves to hold all the required crockery, organized cabinets to keep the appliances handy, sufficient space for all kitchen groceries and spices. Sounds like one big fat pocket drainer. But no with DIY this is taken care off and you can actually custom make your kitchen as per your needs and create all the kitchen cabinets you want. DIY kitchen cabinets no longer need the expertise of a carpenter and other specialists you just need the basic materials and tools to get started.
Here is how you can make kitchen cabinets with plywood:
- ¾” plywood sheets
- ¾” plywood panels
- Circular saw
- Rip cut
- Miter saw
- Jig saw
- Pocket hole jig
- 1 ¼” pocket hole screws
- Measuring tape
- Edge banding
- The standard size of kitchen cabinets are 24 ¼” wide. Using a straight edge or a Kreg Rip Cut and a circular saw, rip your full ¾” plywood sheets (or half sheets if you got 2×8 pieces) down to 22 ¾” strips for your base cabinets. Save the thin strip leftover.
- Depending on the height you make the upper cabinets, you should be able to get two upper cabinets from a sheet (including enough for shelves) from one sheet of plywood. Once you rip 3 strips at 12 ½” wide, you have a strip about 10 ½” or so leftover. Use this for your shelves.
- Cut the base side panels 34 ½” or 35” long. Cut two from each 22 ¾” strip and from the remaining plywood, cut two bottom panel pieces 22 ¾”.
- For the upper cabinets determine the height which should be 22 ¾” wide.
- Take 3 thin strips of plywood cut to 22 ¾” long for each base and 2 for top cabinet.
- Draw a line 3 ½” from the bottom of each base cabinet side panel and another line of 4 ½” from the front bottom side of the side panel. Cut the corners where the lines meet with a jig saw. Add the toe kicks.
- Put an edge banding on the front edges of the cabinet pieces.
- Drill ¾” pocket holes into each end of teach thin strip and on two opposite sides of the cabinet bottom panel. Attach 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.
- Attach the bottom panel along the top of the line you drew 3 ½” from the bottom of the sides so that it is flush with the toe kick cut out. Then attach the three thin strips so that one runs along the back, and two along the top-one in the front and one in the back. Make sure the one in the front is the one with the edge banding applied.
- Attach your top panel flush with the top of the sides and same with the bottom. Assemble these using ¾” pocket holes and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws like the bases. Attach your thin strips between the side panels—one at the top and one at the bottom.
- Make sure when cutting your back panels, that they are square and make sure when you attach them, that your cabinet is also square to this back piece. Cut ¼” plywood panels to fit over the back side of your cabinet boxes. They should be about 24” wide, but your height will vary depending on the heights you cut your cabinets to be. Simply nail or staple in place.
- Measure the cabinet box and cut the plywood panels ¼” smaller on in both directions than the front of the box. So if the cabinet boxes were 24 ¼” x 32 ½” and then cut the doors 24” x 32 ¼”.
- Once cut to size apply the edge banding to all sides of the door and sand them well.
- You can install the doors and drawers prior to install or after install.
- Add some shelves using shelf pins so they are adjustable. Use the leftover plywood scraps and an extra sheet to cut shelves for the cabinets.
- Paint your cabinets and let dry. Once all the cabinets are done install the toe kicks.
DIY kitchen cabinets might seem like a difficult task but for a DIY enthusiast never doesn’t exist in their dictionary.