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Building Cabinets Tips and Smart Woodworking Techniques


Building cabinets like furniture

Time and Labor the most costly components for building cabinets process, especially if you moving to custom built. Efficiency became as magic coin with equally respected two sides for byer and manufacturer.

If you value the craftsmanship and outstanding quality, long-lasting beauty with artistic touches... we invite you to our series of building cabinets pages, with efficiency in mind.

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The mystery of woodworking efficiency


Cabinet's construction methods are not the same for the entire industry where small custom shops and mass production plants compete with each other. Organizing starts from design with work plans, and intermix with specification and construction techniques for efficiency. It is so old fashioned today, in the process of building cabinets, to hold pencil above your ear, and leave pencil marks all over the project.

Tips to follow:

Building cabinets by design
Building Cabinets by Design (Cherry Fireplace)
Cabinets entertainment fireplace
Mahogany Cabinets Entertainment Wall

More ink and less pencil marcs; accurate shop drawings, cut list and parts list for each material can be done with help of cabinetry building software. We use KCD.

Don't hurry to build. Finalize your design and construction steps; working plans with step-by-step clear vision of the process, parts list, sorting, and so on. Design and building plans must be completed before machines are fired up.

The shop organizing tips and techniques

The cabinetry and woodworking shops are pretty decent organized with cutting and shaping workstations, those became a stationary spots and count to be productive. The finishing and assembling areas are also more or less organized and typical for all kind of wood manufacturer. The only inconsistent for big and small shops, or hobbyists alike, is Clamping-Gluing area, usually it’s like whatever is empty. Or one of the pride for the shops with listing of machinery, number of clamp racks, especially movable ones.

What about clamping workstation, No clamps storage, well almost none? Look at carefully, you can use this multi-functional wall for many different gluing applications; panels, doors (include the mitered doors), edges, fillers, posts etc.

Cabinets clamping-gluing workstation

Easy to build clamping-gluing workstation, the most useful clamps


Why share professional building cabinet tips, techniques and specifications?

- We hope, if we can help you avoid most/some errors, so your projects will run as smooth, as the professionals.

The clamping wall is simple to build and joy to operate. Most likely you don’t need detailed instruction, the “mystery” fully uncovered with images. The name Universal Clamps is relatively new in the clamping world, they made with aircraft grade aluminum, extremely strong and light weight. With more then you need clamping force these are the most useful clamps that any woodworking shop could own.

Building cabinet posts and parts
Building cabinet posts, gluing parts
Building cabinets end panels
Building cabinet end panels, bending edges

Keep in mind that the chances for gluing joint failure will increase if the parts go together in sloppy fashion or do not mesh smoothly even without clamp pressure.

Some assemblies are more complex than others, do a dry fit first. That is, put the parts together without glue so you can set up a sequence of operations that will facilitate the final procedures, and factor that will affect its efficiency.

About Measurement

We have no doubt; if your plan building cabinets yourself, knowing how to use the measuring tape will be your top priority. For parts making, we strongly recommend using the Metric System.

In woodworking techniques it’s a good idea not tolerate inaccuracy even with acceptable tolerances, yet the importance of accuracy when cutting and fitting joint pieces should not be viewed casually. There are a host of tools for measuring when building cabinets efficiently, but they are useless if they are not used with precision. Measuring and checking more than once is a worthy well known tip.

Building Cabinets, pencil sketch
Building Custom Cabinetry (Pencil Sketch)
Building Cabinets, Drawer Box on Shaper
Building Cabinets, Drawer Box on Shaper

Design tips

Design and build your cabinetry to bolster yourself; do it for love and you can call it Green (no matter what color it is).

The Customer is the product designer! Or for the customer, the Craftsman, will be the engineer-designer, like it was in the past.

Your first design plans should start from ideal scenario (your dream, listing all technical and beauty attributes to be included, like: rounded forms, compact economical space, dimmable lighting, and specialties in construction...)

Building Mahogany Entertainment Parts
Building Enter-nt Cabinet Parts
Building Quality Custom Parts
Making Quality Custom Parts

After realistically evaluating your design, some of your dream ideas may became too costly or simply not practical. Instead of being disappointed with proper planning... you will stay in budget and get the cabinetry you are expecting.


Building cabinets and woodworking techniques are closely intermixed by skills and materials used. A first step in the design of the project is to review its function and construction efficiency, and next to organize your work space for maximum productivity.


Building Cabinets Images, in the shop and alive


Building wall cabinet end panels

Building wall cabinet end panels, gluing post (Soft Maple)


Wall cabinet end panels post details

Wall cabinet end panel’s post details, finished and installed


Building cabinets tip, shaping the post parts

Another Building Cabinets Tip, Unique and Original. Shaping the Post Parts, Hard Maple



Island corner cabinet post, with spacers

Island corner Cabinet Post, quarter cut off, with spacers. Finish; conversion varnish off white, and glaze


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More pages about Building Cabinets



American Cabinets Direct
Supply to your Home or Job

American Cabinets Business to Business Link

American Cabinets Business to Business. Happy Customer, Trouble free Installation, Beautiful product



Should You Go Metric?
Cabinetry and woodworking are happened to be a precise industry

Cabinets Metric Link

Precise measurements closely related to accurate parts

Only Metric for detailed production: we use the Imperial system for on-site drawings and communications with customer



Making Cabinets and Parts

Building cabinetry parts to order... from plywood, ready to assemble

Making Cabinets and Parts Link

Custom made cabinet parts are numbered and labeled to match with the drawings, predrilled for hardware and shelving, ready to assemble.



Design Cabinets Online to Build

Engineered plans and Drawings to build cabinets yourself; parts list, making cabinet plans

Design Cabinets Page Link

Online Design Cabinets to Build Yourself for new projects or renovations, help yourself to finish your dream plans successfully.



Build Your Own Cabinets
Online Tutorial

...you can use our online tutorial; from sketches to a design, also with construction plans...

Build Your Own Cabinets Page Link

Online design, building a personal computer desk will be a good, practical project to start with...



Cabinetry Reviews: Frameless the winner

Frame or Frameless; two different types of cabinets have their places in the home

Cabinetry Reviews Page Link

Frameless or Frame, to be more informed check the page here; to gain about 10% of your cabinetry storage space, you will be better served by frameless cabinets.



Floor-plan and Elevations

Any construction projects usually start by creating floor-plans and wall elevations.

Floor-plan and Elevations Page Link

All items are numbered. The main benefit is easy communication from design and manufacturing, also for shipping, sorting, installation or even replacing items.



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