Garage Cabinets

This is were we started. We wanted to make a nice clean set of cabinets, so here we go.

Step 1: Lumber

Get a butt load of wood of your choice. Make sure you calculate for the right amount of material for the amount of cabinets your going to make.

Step 2: Cutting Wood

Go through and make your cuts for the tops, bottoms and sides. Make sure you measure twice and cut once.

Step 3: Carcass Time

Now its time to assemble the carcass, I like to use Glue, Screws and nails to be safe, plus it allows you to store heaver things. Make sure you have enough room to store everything..

Step 4: Face Frame Construction

At this point a face frame jig will come in handy, This is the one I use (Kreg) from this point assemble your face frame in the manner you want to fit the face of the cabinet. Measurement is crucial at the point. The 2 photos I have represented below are the 2 different styles I have made for this project.

Step 5: Door Time

Set up whatever machine you need to mortise out a channel to inset your door panel. When your done with that go back and take your top and bottom piece's (Rails) and run them through a tenon jig so they will fit in the side piece's (Styles). This will make a pretty strong door. Make sure you test fit your doors to make sure they fit.

Step 6: Door Assembly

At this point assemble your doors and glue them up only no nails or screws. You are going to need a lot of clamps at this point. Once done hang your doors on the hinges and adjust. For this project I used full-over lay hinges that mount on the face frame (Hinges)

Step 7: Installation

Now it's time for installation. We started in the corner because we have cabinets going in both directions. Make damn sure that the corner cabinets or your starting cabinet is square and level before you proceed. Keep in mind that the walls, ceilings and floor will not be always be level so adjust accordingly.

Step 8: Admire Your Work

This is the time when you look back and all that hard work pays off. Grab a beer and relish in your hard labor.



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    11 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Those look great. We do custom metal cabinets, free 3D drawings and all, more suited for cabinets that get a lot of abuse.

    You did a great job on the cabinets, but please share more information about the techniques used for construction. Us beginner woodworkers need more details about "how you did" it as opposed to "what you did"

    captain Jack

    8 years ago on Introduction

    can we get a time estimate? What about the amount of material & cost?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome job! Thank you very much for your time because this is just what I need and you made it look like even I could do it. Did you coat the MDF with anything, paint, polyurethane, etc. or did you leave it raw?


    9 years ago on Step 8

    Great us of space. Thanks for the instructable!


    9 years ago on Step 1

    I cant quite tell from the photos. Are all the cases made out of plywood, mdf or particleboard??

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Congratulations for this furniture well designed and perfectly finished. You have worked like a pro. Maybe this plan will be difficult to reproduce without such professional machines.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I think the only section that might be are the rails and styles mortising, but other then that standard shop tools should do. Hope this helps.