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How to Build Cabinets
Finished Utility Cabinet

Finished Utility Cabinet

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Whether you need new kitchen cabinets or more storage for your workshop, the basics of cabinetry design remain the same. Most units consist of little more than a well-built plywood box, called a carcase, that is then trimmed with doors or wood trim appropriate for the application. The carcase is typically made from 3/4" plywood with dadoes or rabbets to hold some of the shelves and backing.

This project will walk you through building a single utility cabinet, but comments will be added when minor modifications for kitchen cabinetry are appropriate. This model will be 48-inches wide, 24-inches tall (with a center and bottom shelf) and 18-inches deep. You may modify the dimensions to fit your particular installation as necessary.

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