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  • Designing and Building Cabinets
Whether for a kitchen, built-in storage or an elegant hutch, there are many ways to build a cabinet. In this book, Fine Woodworking contributors share their favorite methods for managing and building case pieces, including many ways to construct doors and drawers. An in-depth look at sheet goods like plywood and MDF show how these materials can save both time and money in any cabinet project.

Whats inside:
•Designing extraordinary built-ins
•Choosing sheet goods for any project
•Making solid wood edging for plywood
•Dressing up cabinets with face frames
•Frame-and-panel doors
•Quick and sturdy drawer construction
•Glazing cabinet doors

THE NEW BEST OF FINE WOODWORKING series collects the best articles from recent issues of Fine Woodworking magazine. Organized by topic and fully indexed, these books make it easy to access the best woodworking ideas and information straight from the experts.
Additional Information
About No
Issue Number No
Cover 138
Publication Year 2005
Photos color photos
Drawings and drawings
Isbn 978-1-56158-732-2
Author From the editors of Fine Woodworking
Dimensions 8-1/2 x 10-7/8
Pages 160
Format Paperback
Toc Introduction

Section 1. Designing and Managing Projects

Making Big Cabinets Manageable
A Game Plan for Big Cabinet Jobs
Cabinets Built for the Long Haul
Extraordinary Built-Ins

Section 2. Materials
A Woodworkers Guide to Medium-Density Fiberboard
Working with Synthetic Countertop Materials
No-Hassle Panel Handling
Paint-Grade Cabinets

Section 3. Working with Plywood
Solid-Wood Edging for Plywood
Dressing Up Plywood Cabinets with Face Frames
Fine Furniture from Plywood
Six Ways to Edge Plywood

Section 4. Doors
Frame-and-Panel Doors: An Illustrated Guide
Three Ways to Make Cabinet Doors
Quick but Sturdy Cabinet Door
Fitting Flush-Mounted Doors
Glazing Cabinet Doors
Arched Top Cabinet Doors
Smooth Tambours

Section 5. Drawers
Making a Drawer with Half-Blind Dovetails
Fitting a Drawer
Versatile Plywood Drawers
A Better Way to Build Drawers



Intro Rare is the woodworker who has never built a cabinet. Sure, there are those who specialize in chairs, or carving, or turning, but at some point most of us who work wood have made a cabinet. Cabinets are among the most useful of pieces. They hold all manner of stuff: books, clothes, dishes, food, and more. Without cabinets, our homes would be in disarray, a massive jumble of our personal possessions.

I have certainly built more cabinets than any other form of furniture. My last kitchen remodel alone required about 10 cabinets. It taught me a lot about working efficiently and staying organized.

Cabinets may be built of all types of materials -- plywood, particleboard, solid wood, or any combination. You can make them as basic or elaborate as you wish, sometimes too elaborate. A few years ago, Kevin Ireton, the editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine, watched as I struggled in the Fine Woodworking workshop to build a pair of veneered curved doors for a large armoire destined to store clothing. Noting the amount of time it was taking me to build the piece, he commented: 'Wouldnt it be easier to just build another closet?' He was right, of course, but woodworkers dont get into the craft because they want an easy solution. We want to build pieces that serve us well, but they must also add to the beauty of our homes.

Whether you need to build one cabinet or a roomful, the articles collected here will walk you through all facets of cabinetmaking. From selecting materials to planning and design, and on to construction of the cases, doors, and drawers, these articles, from the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine, offer a variety of approaches and styles.

Theres an adage about closet space and how you never have enough. Well, I think the same is true of cabinetry. Let this book be your guide.

Anatole Burkin
editor, Fine Woodworking

Designing and Building Cabinets

  • by From the editors of Fine Woodworking
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