How to Make a Blind Rabbet Cut
For the top of a cabinet, you would make a blind rabbet. In this cut, the rabbet is stopped on both ends.
Carefully measure the available wall space and sketch out a design, with dimensions, for the cabinet. Karl's design for this wall cabinet includes storage areas with doors, plus individual compartments for each family member. For a simpler project, follow Karl's example and adjust the dimensions to accommodate pre-made cabinet doors.
Carefully measure and cut the cabinet pieces form 1/2" plywood. Make sure to keep cuts straight and even for a good final fit.
Use wood glue and nails to carefully assemble the "box" part of the cabinet. Once the outer shell is completed, glue the plywood shelves in position inside the frame, securing with nails.
Use a hammer and nails to attach the vertical shelf dividers.
Use wood glue to attach 1" x 2" cabinet facing to the front of the cabinet. Tack in place with finish nails and fill the nail holes with putty.
Sand the cabinet and doors with an electric sander. Stain to match the surrounding cabinetry, following the stain manufacturer's instructions.
Once all glue and finishes have dried completely, install the cabinet on the wall. Locate and mark the position of the wall studs, then measure and mark corresponding points on the inside of the cabinet. Have someone help lift the cabinet into place and check for level (Image 1). Attach to the wall studs with screws (Image 2).
Once the cabinet is in place, attach the doors with hinges and screws.