Making Our Own Kitchen Cabinets
We started on our kitchen cabinet making project last weekend. In case you missed it, we are building our own wood cabinets using Ikea cabinets as our template. Check out why were are building our own cabinets here.
Building an Ikea kitchen is super simple. Every cabinet hangs on a rail and the legs are adjustable for easy leveling. So we wanted to use all of these hanging mechanisms on our kitchen build. We’ve also never made any cabinets before so we thought starting with templates and making them the same size as other cabinets we’ve installed would be easier for our first time. Thus we spent a little extra time in the beginning making templates, but i’ll be worth it in the end.
We wanted to start with a small simple cabinet so we decided to buy a bunch of Ikea kits to use as our template. We will be reusing these cabinet parts in the laundry room so they won’t go to waste. We also purchased a few door fronts to use as templates as well.
We started with the 24 inch base cabinet. We have about 7 of these in our kitchen design.
Templates are required for all of the drill holes for locators for the legs, drawer sliders, dado slot for the back panel to slide into, and other hardware that is used to hang and set the cabinets in place.
This is a piece of the back panel that we keep with our templates just to test the dados and when assembling the cabinet it helps to place this template in the dado while screwing together the bottom and sides. With the template in place there is no chance that the dados will not line up!
The last template we made was for the holes for the drawer sliders. We drilled every hole for the template, but for the actual cabinet we’ll just drill through the exact holes we need. If doing this it helps to circle the holes with a different color marker. So if you have a three-drawer cabinet like this one you’d drill through all the green holes, for a 4 drawer cabinet you might drill through all the red holes.
Set a stopper on your drill bits for the exact depth you’ll need and you’re all set to start drilling away!
Making the Cabinet
We took careful measurements of all of the Ikea cabinets down to 1/16th of an inch so we can be as accurate as possible throughout the entire kitchen.
24″ Base Cabinet
*The depth (d) and height (h) measurement for each panel will always be the same for all of base cabinets.
2 Sides: 23 9/16 d x 30 h
1 Bottom: 23 9/16 d x 22 1/2 w
1 Back: 23 3/8 w x 30 h
2 Top Supports: 22 1/2 w x 3 d (these are made from scrap material so the depth does not have to be exact, but no less than 2 1/2 inches).
Using a Kreg pocket hole jig we drilled holes in the bottom panel; 6 on the right side and 6 on the left side. We also drilled 2 pocket holes on each side of the top supports. We assembled everything with wood glue and screws.
It helped to use the small piece of 1/4″ plywood to insert into the bottom panel dado and the side panel dado at the same time we were assembling to make sure that the dado slot would line up properly in the end.