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How to Install Custom Cabinets

With any remodel, customizing your home is a must. Don't stop with room design, build cabinets tailored to your needs. Learn how to make custom cabinets with this easy project.

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custom cabinet was constructed for garage remodel
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  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

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Step 1: Plan Your Cabinets

Pick your desired wood. Plywood is a good choice for your cabinet frame, melamine (Image 1) is a durable and inexpensive material for the sides and maple is a good choice for the doors.

Tip: Cabinets are a challenging project for anyone, so pre-measure your space carefully and consider making blueprints to help guide your design (Image 2).

Step 2: Build Your Side Frames

First build your cabinet frame to size (Image 1), attaching with wood glue and a nail gun.

Using a table saw, cut dados into your cabinet sides. This will give your sides a tight fit.

Fit the sides together and use wood glue and a finish nailer to secure (Image 2). Use a framing square to ensure that the cabinet structures are square.

Step 3: Build the Front Frame

Build your face frame and cabinet doors to size from maple. Cut your wood and drill holes with a pocket hole jig and assemble the frame using wood glue and pocket screws.

build cabinet frame to size from maple

Step 4: Rout Out the Back Edges

Use a hand-held router to rout out the back inside edges of the panels.

hand held router used rout edges of panels

Step 5: Finish the Cabinets

Drop ½” melamine pieces into the panels and use wood glue and a finish nailer to secure.

Sand and then paint or stain to your desired color. Attach doors with hinges, drawer with drawer tracks and add desired hardware.

hand held router used rout edges of panels

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