How to Build a Custom Cabinet

By Scott Arnold on How To

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How to Build a Custom Cabinet:

Step 7: Assembly

Here is the final fit test – you’ll need clamps long enough to mate your parts.

Make sure you have ample room to work. There are going to be bar clamps everywhere! Make sure that you wipe away excess glue! This will eliminate tons of unneeded sanding

Good things about working in a well-organized shop was there was plenty of clamps and enough room to set up the cabinet. I think we ended up using a total of 16 bar clamps ranging from 4’-8’ long. They were strategically placed together to ensure the proper pressure was applied.  We made sure we had a wet rag and wiped away the excess glue.

custom cabinet assembly

 Step 8: Door Assembly

During the drying phase, now is a good time to work on your doors.  Again, think about covering your exposed edges with something nicer than just the face of the plywood. Again cabinet makers would use a maple or birch plywood or cover them with poplar or wood veneer.

On my doors, poplar was the easier solution. Cutting the poplar in 3/4” strips we mitered the edges to a 45 and fastened them with glue and brad nails. Using eight 4’ bar clamps for each door, we set them aside to dry. Again wiping away the excess glue to avoid hours of sanding.

custom cabinet door

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Scott Arnold

Writer / Carpenter / Remodeler

Contributing Editor Scott Arnold is the owner of Scott Arnold Remodeling LLC out of Waltham MA. Custom decks, fireplace makeovers, kitchens and bathrooms, Scott enjoys the frame to finish concept. Scott will share his perspective on tools as carpenter and remodeler here and on

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