How to Build a Freestanding Kitchen Cabinet Part 1

What You'll Need
Wood panels
Measuring tape
Paper, ruler and pencil
Wood glue
Nail gun
Shelf brackets
Wood putty

A freestanding kitchen cabinet can be a great addition when your current fitted kitchen cupboards are not proving to be enough for storage requirements. Furthermore a freestanding cupboard provides a centerpiece in the kitchen, and it can be matched with any style or decor. Wooden cupboards are usually more classic, whereas metallic materials are used for modern kitchens. Follow the steps below to begin work on a freestanding kitchen cabinet.

Step 1: Design, Plan and Make a Sketch

First, measure the area available and apply the most appropriate dimensions for the cabinet. Allow enough space in the room for other aspects, including room to move and space for other accessories such as the table and chairs. Draw a sketch of the kitchen cabinet to guide you while you are building it and help you to notice any possible errors while cutting or assembling. Decide how many doors and drawers you need and their placement.

Step 2: Purchase The Required Materials

Once your sketch is ready, purchase the materials you need to build the cabinet. Try to match the material to any other cupboards in the kitchen. This may not prove to be a simple task, but you may carry out some finishing touches that will make it match or look complementary. These guidelines are meant to be suitable for cabinets made from wood. Those made from other materials such as metal will need more professional tools and techniques.

Step 3: Cut the Wood

Start to cut the wood panels according to the measurements you listed previously. You may find it greatly helpful to mark lines on the wood panels which will guide you while you are actually cutting. Also, it is best to mark what each part will be used for during assembling.

Step 4: Sanding

Once you have cut all the wood parts sand them so as to make them look smoother and neater. Make sure to remove the chippings which result especially near the edges where you used the saw to cut. Then wipe them with a damp cloth so as to remove the resulting dust.

Step 5: Apply Wood Putty

Should you notice any scratches or imperfections, apply some wood putty of the same color as the wood to hide them.

Step 6: Start Assembling the Frame

Now you can start to assemble the frame of the cabinet. Mount the back part and the sides onto the base of the cabinet. Use wood glue and secure with finish nails.

By following these steps you will have already performed quite a significant part of the building process, as you are practically halfway through. Follow the steps in Part 2 of this series to complete your project.