How Can you Build a Custom Wall Cabinet

How Can you Build a Custom Wall Cabinet

Jan 28, 2019, 9:48:44 PM Life and Styles

A very popular form of cabinets is the custom cabinets from Atlanta and these days they are being installed in homes, offices, and many more places. The only difference between a custom and regular cabinets is the appeal of the customized cabinets.

Customized cabinets are popular for their beauty, charm, and appeal which are usually absent in the stock cabinets. However, most cabinets are little more than a well-built plywood box which are known as the carcass. After that, they are trimmed with doors or wood trims appropriate for the application.

Additionally, the carcass is typically made from 3/4 inch plywood with dadoes or rabbets cut into the interior sides to support the shelves and cabinet back. If you like to build things then here are the steps to build your own custom wall cabinet of 48 inches wide, 24 inches tall, and 18 inches deep with a top, center, and bottom shelf.

Tools and Materials You Will Need

  • Circular saw
  • Table saw with a dado set
  • Power drill
  • Claw hammer
  • Layout square
  • 3/4 inch thick plywood
  • 1/4 inch thick plywood
  • Deck screws
  • 4d finish nails
  • Nail set
  • Pencil
  • And woodworker’s glue


Cut the Shelves to Size

For this cabinet, you will need two shelves that are 18*47 inches and other for that bottom shelf which is 173/4*47 inches while the narrower shelf will be in the middle of the cabinet. You can also use a table saw or a circular saw to cut the shelves from 3/4-in thick plywood.

Cut the Cabinet Sides

After cutting the shelves the next step is to cut the cabinet sides and create the dado and rabbet grooves that will support the ends of the shelves.

  • Cut 2 identical side pieces from that 3/4in plywood using a saw. For the cabinet, you will need 2 18x24in pieces, one for each side. You can also adjust the sizes if you are adapting to a different sized cabinet.
  • Next, you will need to decide which side of the plywood should be on the inside or outside of the cabinet.
  • Now install the dado set in your table saw and set the cutting depth to 1/4in. You will need to cut two 18in long dadoes and one rabbit on each side panel which will be perpendicular to the 24in edge.
  • Set your fence on your table saw to 1 1/2 inch from the opposite side of the dado set.
  • Now, carefully cut the dado groove on the side of the panel with the 18in edge running against the fence. Repeat this on the other side as well.
  • Next, set the fence to 12 inches and make a dado groove in the same manner as before.

Cutting the Rabbets For the Back Panel

In order to hang the cabinet on the wall, kitchen cabinet installations normally use a piece of 3/4-inch plywood as the backer of the carcass. After that secure the cabinet to the wall with screws driven through the back and into the wall studs.

  • Set the stacked dado cutter to a 3/8in depth and 1/4in width.
  • After that, set the fence on the saw to 18in from the opposite side of the dado set.
  • Determine which side of the shelf will serve as the back and cut a rabbet on the same side and the cut the dadoes.
  • Then cut a similar rabbit into one of the 18in shelves.

Assemble the Cabinet

Try and fit the cabinet pieces together before joining them permanently. So, when the fit is off, you can make small cutting adjustments to make the pieces fit.

  • Lay down the right side panel on a work surface while dadoes facing up.
  • Dry fit each of the three shelves into their grooves. The narrower, 17 3/4in shelves should be the middle shelf and the shelf with the rabbeted edge should be on the bottom.
  • Dry fit the left cabinet side on the top of the three positioned shelves so the dadoes fit tightly over the end of the shelves.
  • When you are assured of the proper fit for all parts, disassemble the pieces and place a thin bead of wood glue and stick all parts together.

If you are not the DIY type of guy then you can get custom made cabinets from many companies like that designs kitchen in Atlanta.


Published by Erika Rhea

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