If you can make dadoes, rabbets and face frames,
you can make almost any cabinet. Master this
foundation of skills and you’ll be ready to launch
into complex variations of the simple cabinet
shown in this story. Here’s how:
Face-frame cabinets are little
more than plywood boxes covered
by a solid-wood frame. The
frame adds strength and rigidity
to the box, while covering the ugly
plywood edges. In this story I’ll
take you through the building of
a typical freestanding wall cabinet.
The concepts and techniques can
also be used for kitchen cabinets,
bathroom vanities and bookcases.
There’s plenty of room for mistakes,
and I’ve made them all over
the years. To stay in business,
and provide my students with
shortcuts to success, I’ve developed
systems for avoiding these
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