Introduction to Cabinetry

Learn about the anatomy of cabinets, common materials and the proper techniques to build quality pieces.

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Lesson Plan

12 Video Lessons · 1H 58M

  • 1. Course Overview

    Your instructor, Ken, welcomes you to this cabinet making course, shares what you'll learn about cabinetry, and discusses how he began his career as a cabinet maker.

  • 2. Anatomy

    Learn the basic parts of a cabinet. Ken describes the cabinet box, face frame, and different types of joints and cabinet doors you'll see on your journey as a cabinet maker.

  • 3. Hardware

    Hinges, knobs, and drawer slides, oh my! Cabinet hardware choices are endless, and boil down to personal taste and budget. Ken takes you through a handful of options when choosing cabinet hardware.

  • 4. Material Selection

    Ken teaches you how to decide what materials to use for your cabinet box and cabinet door construction, how to inspect the wood you're considering, and how to care for it once it gets to your shop.

  • 5. Building Cabinet Boxes: Rip Cuts and Cross Cuts

    Working from a simple sketch, Ken shows you how to cut your sheet goods down to size to create the top, bottom, back, and sides of your cabinet case.

  • 6. Building Cabinet Boxes: Dado Joinery

    Learn how to prepare the pieces of your cabinet box for assembly using a simple dado stack in your table saw.

  • 7. Building Cabinet Boxes: Box Assembly

    Ken shows you how to assemble your cabinet box and troubleshoot a couple of common problems that might arise during assembly.

  • 8. Building Cabinet Boxes: Edge Banding

    Edge banding is the thin material that covers the edges of plywood on your cabinet to hide the exposed grain. You can edge band with a specialized machine, but here Ken shows you how to do it by hand.

  • 9. Building Cabinet Doors: Sizing and Cutting

    Ken teaches you how to measure and cut two cabinet door panels, and the right way to double check your work.

  • 10. Building Cabinet Doors: Edge Banding

    Cabinet doors need edge banding, too. Ken takes you through edge banding, trimming, and checking your measurements.

  • 11. Building Cabinet Doors: Boring and Sanding

    Ken shows you how to properly bore holes for hinges on your cabinet doors and sand them down so they're smooth to the touch.

  • 12. Building Cabinet Doors: Adding Hardware

    The final step in cabinet construction is adding your hardware and mounting the doors. Ken shows you how to put hinges on the cabinet, install the cabinet doors, and prep your cabinet for finishing.

Key Topics

  • Basic anatomy of a cabinet

  • How to make a cabinet box

  • How to make edge banding by hand

  • How to create a simple door panel

  • How to bore holes for hinges

  • How to double check work

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