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How to Build Cabinets Yourself and Eliminate Costly Mistakes?


If you like to work with your own hands, you will enjoy this guide how to build cabinets. Yes, you will need some skills and energy for building cabinets. The good news is, we can help you simplify the building process; cabinets by design with smart engineering for design, plans with minimum components, and making precise parts to operate smoothly. We would like to share some nifty tips and tricks.

Building Cabinets to succeed... while using your own hands

How to build cabinets

For many years, we have asked ourselves, how to build cabinets, and now you can compare online how to design and make working plans, how to create a parts list and be profitable with custom made cabinets? Or how to build cabinets yourself at home, or at small shops; some of our friends are having fun building cabinets in their own garages.

Pick any house in the world; the walls, ceilings, and floors are never going to be perfectly straight or level. This means, by designing built in cabinets, you are obligated to take these build imperfections into account. Now, we are back to the same question; How to build cabinets, cleverly?

It is essential to know how to build cabinets before you start to design the project. For efficiency of the process solitary, do it ones; floor plan and elevations for a visual and construction steps.


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Working Plans with Step by Step Instructions

How To Build Cabinets Your Own

How to Build Cabinets yourself the areas highlighted:


  • Design: floor plans and elevations, listing cabinets and components

  • Construction methods and specifications: precise parts will fit properly

  • Generating parts list: sorting and ordering materials, listing parts to be build, budgeting

  • Preparing or/and collecting parts: ordering/building, and making ready to assemble cabinets

  • Assembling cabinets: one cabinet - one page with all listed parts

  • Specialties and Details: creating a valuable custom cabinet project

Check the page from our online design ordered project; real plans for building your own cabinets (Personal Computer Desk): online sketches, drawings, working plans, parts list, assembling...



This is the first of many pages on cabinet making, and we need to cover fundamentals. There are three basic types of cabinets: base, wall, and tall. Making your own custom cabinets isn't as hard as it looks. You can build them yourself at home.

Building Base Cabinets (Construction and Parts Made from Plywood)

Base Cabinet Parts List
  • 1,2) - Side Base - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood SCF* - 1 Finished Edge

  • 3) - Bottom Base - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood SCF - 1 Finished Edge

  • 4,5,6) - Spanner - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood SCF - 1 Finished Edge

  • 7) - Back - 1/4"(5.5 mm) Plywood SCF

  • 8,9) - Back Cleats - 1/2"(12 mm) Plywood

  • 10) - Leveller Legs - Plastic

* SCF - One Side Clear Finish // ** 2SCF - Two Sides Clear Finish


Adjustable legs resolve problems of non-ideal flooring and more: eliminates use of wedges (shims), save a material (one standard sheet makes six sides of base cabinet), the sides no need to be notched for foot space. An important change in design: the cabinet's bottom should be full width and sides will stand on the bottom (for durability of strength).


Please? check our cabinetry specifications page for more info.

Building Wall Cabinets (Parts List, Crown Molding, Light Valance)

Wall Cabinet Parts List
  • 1,2) - Side Wall - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood SCF - 1 Finished Edge

  • 3) - Bottom Wall - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood SCF - 1 Finished Edge

  • 4) - Top Wall - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood SCF - 1 Finished Edge

  • 5) - Back Wall - 1/4"(5.5 mm) Plywood SCF

  • 6,7) - Back Cleats - 1/2"(12 mm) Plywood

  • 8) - Light Valance - 21 mm Solid Wood

  • 9) - Starter and Crown - 21 mm Solid Wood

  • Shelves - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood 2SCF** - 1 Finished Edge

Back hanging cleats (6,7) above and below attach to the walls: only two strips to adjust with wedges (shims), this is easier than the full surface of a cabinet. Finished Panels (not shown) set up to cover all imperfections from attachment cabinets to the walls: which is easy to scribe, matching the wall shape. Finished panels (End Panels) working the same way for all three types of cabinets.

Note: Tne Light Valance constructed to except 12 mm Light Panel for covering all electric wiring, and finishing undersides of wall cabinets; for a nice, and clean appearance.


The Crown System: working same way for Wall and Tall cabinets, also for Panels and Posts.

Building Pantry / Tall Cabinets (Construction and Parts List)

Pantry Cabinet Parts List
  • 1,2) - Side Tall - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood SCF - 1 Finished Edge

  • 3) - Bottom Tall - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood SCF - 1 Finished Edge

  • 4) - Top Tall - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood SCF - 1 Finished Edge

  • 5) - Top Mid - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood 2SCF - 1 Finished Edge

  • 6) - Back - 1/4"(5.5 mm) Plywood SCF

  • 7,8,9) - Back Cleats - 1/2"(12 mm) Plywood

  • 10) - Leveller Legs - Plastic

  • Shelves - 3/4"(18.5 mm) Plywood 2SCF - 1 Finished Edge

Tall Cabinet construction is a combination of two: from the flooring as base cabinet, from the top like wall cabinets build.

Note: Tne Crown System constructed from two parts; Starter (with options to be extended) and actual Crown Molding, fastened to the Starter.



Construction methods you pick, and how to build cabinets specifications, must satisfy you during the entire process. Before the building process starts, it is important to know what materials to use (dimensions, durability, healthiness or esthetics...). To calculate parts list with precise dimensions, it is better to use the metric system



Working plan check list to build cabinetry project, step by step system to follow:


1. Floor Plan and Elevations Drawings, with numbering cabinets and components

2. Budgeting the project by material used and labor (outsourcing or making yourself)

3. Sorting and listing cabinet parts by similar fabrication methods

4. Preparing / collecting parts by ordering or building your own

5. Finishing all necessary parts and components before assembling

6. Assembling cabinets after all parts are ready and handy

7. Numbering cabinets and construction components before installation

8. Marking on the design plans parts ready for installation (or delivery)


All Design Plans to build cabinets and cabinet part list ...must be completed before production begins! - No exceptions.

You can take our word, or make your own research for online design: you will not find any better or clearer instruction How to build Cabinets... from scratch, plywood, custom, at home, your own. The system we are sharing; How to Build Cabinets, the most progressive, convenient to use, and profitable.

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