Steps for Building Kitchen Cabinets Using the Dowelmax System
- Kitchen Cabinet
You can build professional kitchen cabinets and save thousands of dollars by doing it yourself. All you need is a table saw (or use a friends), the Dowelmax System for joining the door and cabinet components, a few clamps and some inexpensive hand tools. The step by step process shown below will guide you through the basic steps, but we recommend that you view the following tutorials on making strong cabinet joints for the details:
Decide on the treatment that you want for your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. You should decide at this point on whether to use face frame construction which adds a frame to the front of the cabinets, or whether you will use flush mounted doors equal to width (less 1/8”space).
The kitchen shown below was built using the Dowelmax Joinery System and features flush mounted doors and drawer fronts without face frames which is a popular way of building kitchen cabinets.
|The Dowelmax joinery system was used to create these kitchen counters and cabinets. The following steps illustrate how easy it is to build professional do it yourself kitchen or bathroom cabinets.|
|Step 2: Edge banding has been glued to the edges of the cabinets that will be visible from the front of the cabinet. Purchase edge banding from your local hardware store to match the type of wood you are using for your doors and face frames.|
Step3a: The Dowelmax Joinery
We suggest viewing the basic instructions on how to use the Dowelmax system to create precise professional joints at http://www.dowelmax.com/instructions.html as some of the details will be left out in this step by step process.
Use the Dowelmax system to drill the holes in the various pieces as shown on the right. A spacing of 6” between holes will provide suitable strength for the completed box unit.
|Step 3b: Use the extender bar to with the same setting for the complimentary holes for each dowel.|
|Step 4: A perfectly aligned set of complimentary dowel holes. It is always good to do a dry fit on a number of pieces to double check hole spacing|
|Cabinet drawer slide detail|
|Step 7: Screw the drawer fronts to the drawers and insert the drawers into the box units at final assembly. Note that drawer fronts should be 1’8”less than the overall width of the box units. Allow 1/8”spacing between drawers for a professional job.|
|Upper cabinet case ready for mounting and doors|
|Step 9: Stand back and admire your professional job. The following pictures show how easy it is to build professional kitchen cabinets and cupboards using the Dowelmax system to make strong professional joints.|
|Completed kitchen cabinets|
|Completed kitchen cabinet doors|
|Completed kitchen cabinet drawer fronts|
These pictures show an example of how to build a do it yourself fine woodwork china cabinet with the Dowelmax by Dowelmax Inventor Jim Lindsay. The wood used is Alder. In the finished cabinet there are 60 precision multiple dowel wood joints for the strongest and most accurate construction possible. The wood joinery shown in the picture above is exposed for illustrative purposes using special stepped dowels.