Building Cabinets

by : bowechaim

For the beginning woodworker building cabinets is one of the easiest and most satisfying things to do. This of course is After a little time has passed and you've gotten a little experience under your belt! Building cabinets truly is a fairly simple thing to do, but it's not necessarily for the novice woodworker. Now don't get me wrong here, it can be done, just not suggested without a little more know how and experience. With such things as joints and right angled corners required you might want to start with something else. This will not only build your experience but your confidence as well.
Then again if you're adventurous and don't really mean to use the cabinets you build anyplace in a prominent place you should be alright. The first thing to do in this case is to get a plan or a design of the cabinet type you want. This may seem fairly straight forward, however for many it could be the hardest part. For your first approach at building cabinets you might want to think about starting off with something fairly simple. A project that can be accomplished in a relatively short period of time.
Perhaps even look at building cabinets without doors on them, which fundamentally translates to shelving if you think about it. On the other hand, building cabinets with the doors on them can help you increase experience and again increase your confidence. Remember, it is about taking the risk and making the mistakes. Now in the long run this experience will prepare you for further explorations into the world of cabinetry.
Since you've now started off with a appropriate design or plan, the next thing you want to do is to move on to the next phase of collecting your materials. These will include not only your Lumber but also your tools, your nails, joint fixings and any other tool or material you might need to complete the project. Don't worry, you will many times forget something, especially in the beginning.
After that if you don't already have one, you'll need to clear out a desirable space for you to work in. This space needs to come with a good deal of lighting and where you won't mind the sawdust collecting. You'll also want to make sure that it's off the beaten path as you won't want to clearing out your things, always to make room for everything else. Also, this space needs to be one that doesn't mind sawdust, clutter, designs and anything else that goes along with woodworking projects.
At the very least you'll want to keep your workspace cluttered for a few days or until you finish building cabinets and whatever else it you're going to be doing. This is so you will know where everything is that corresponds to that project. After that the next step you'll have to take is in the sawing, measuring and the marking, although not necessarily in that order. This is the fun part, becuase now your project is starting to become real.
After you have everything marked off and sawn to the correct lengths the next thing you'll want to do is to start assembling your cabinets. That involves gluing in some cases, driving in nails and screws and other such things. The assembling process is one of intricacy, so make sure your mind is prepared.
The last thing on your list for building cabinets involves coating the piece off. Now this phase of the project can be some what relaxing. At least in the sense that the cabinets are now assembled and are just waiting to get beautified. This is normally completed by applying a clear coat or a wood varnish or even painting it to the color you want. After that you're good to go and if you've taken your time with this cabinet and done a genuinely good job, it might look like you've been building cabinets for some time!