Create your own custom kitchen cabinets by learning the process of building kitchen cabinets

Learning the process of building kitchen cabinets gives you the freedom to create your own design. Many homeowners build their own cabinet boxes or carcasses and pay a cabinet maker to build the cabinet doors for them. This can save a lot of money in many cases.



Let’s start with some simple and brief designs for kitchen cabinets that look nice. Kitchen cabinets need to fit in with the rest of the look and feel of the kitchen ,but also with the rest of the home. I’ve seen many homes where the kitchen design is so different from the rest of the house that it feels like a completely different home.

It’s best to build with compatibility in mind.

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There are many parts to kitchen cabinets and most of them will get a lot of use. Drawers, handles, hinges and slides will need to be of high quality or you will end up replacing them sooner than you want to.

First we start with the box, which is sometimes called a carcass. You can build it out of whatever you want, but the better choice is a hardwood or a hardwood veneer. You will need to make it very strong with screws and glue.


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A good material for the inside of the carcass is called melamine. It is durable, smooth and comes in many colors including white so you can see things inside the cupboard easier. You will want to choose durable materials for those components that you use many times a day when buying materials to make cabinets and other kitchen accessories.


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Some cabinet makers will use a wood veneer on the outside of the cabinets and melamine on the inside. It makes a very tough cabinet as it has two layers of wood.

Once the box is done you will need to sand it. After sanding it completely, you’ll want to fill the holes and joints with putty. Let that dry overnight then sand it again. After that you should be able to apply the first coat of stain.


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After you get the carcass stained you can stain the doors and let them dry so you can put them on with screws and hinges after the carcasses are hung. The kitchen cabinet doors should be made of solid wood. It’s all right to use veneer on the carcasses, but the doors will have too much movement and the veneer will wear out.


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