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Corner Cabinets Do-It-Yourself ABC’s

March 31, 2007 by  
Filed under Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Kitchen, Living Room

Making your own corner cabinets are enough to make the handyman in you stop and take a double step because corner cabinet making is not a simple and straightforward exercise. A fair amount of knowledge in using the right tools and you can easily make your own corner cabinet. Making your own corner cabinet looks fairly easy, however, not all corners are a perfect 90-degree angle, and this makes the exercise quite frustrating at first but very rewarding at the same time.

Among other things that you have to consider when engaging in a DIY corner cabinet project is that you have to brush up on your basic geometry because of the angles of the shelves and the doors and other design elements that you may want to add as a decorative feature of your masterpiece.

If you have finally decided to go DIY on your corner cabinet, the very first step you have to do is to measure the space where you want to install your corner cabinet. Make sure your measurements are exact – aside from the basic length, width and height measurements, make sure the floor and the wall are level otherwise it will get skewed when you finally put in your corner cabinet in its place. Do not engage in a complex project yet if it is your first time to make a corner cabinet, go for the simple version and when you finally get the hang of it, then you can move on to more complex corner cabinet designs.

The level issue of the floors and walls is not a big problem since it would most probably be off only by at the most +/-3 degrees which is relatively negligible since you the cabinet need to be anchored to the floor or wall.

The most important thing is to take the measurements exactly. It would be very frustrating to measure and cut the wood you would need for your project only to find out that your measurements are wrong when you finally start putting the pieces together! It does not hurt to check and double check your measurements before you cut the pieces so you don’t waste time.

In order to be doubly sure, it may be better to use cardboard first for the pattern of the various pieces you will use so that you can check if the measurements are accurate. Having a cardboard cut-out may take you a longer time to complete your DIY project but it will save you money because it precludes cutting wood with the incorrect measurements.

Being systematic about building your own corner cabinets is the only way to go if you want to do it right the first time until you gain enough experience and your own technique to tackle more complex corner cabinet designs!

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