"Today, manufacturers assemble them faster and more economically than we can." The goal is to take this collection of boxes and bring them together to make a beautiful piece of built-in furniture.
A sturdy, high-quality one can leave a thousand-dollar dent in your finances, but as general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates, you can enhance a few stock kitchen base cabinets with molding, furniture feet, and knobs to produce a handcrafted piece for a fraction of the cost of buying one ready-made.
Opt for unfinished 15- or 18-inch cabinets fitted with doors and operable drawers (not the fake drawer fronts used for sink cabinets) and take a day to put all the pieces together.
Master Carpenter Norm Abram created a simplified, straightforward design that can be easily constructed with ordinary tools.
For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Install a Pull-Out Cabinet Shelf.
But more often than not, the room itself lacks those attributes. Your cavelike kitchen feels that way because the dark cabinets have sucked all the light out of the room.
But a brighter makeover doesn't necessarily mean replacing those gloomy boxes with all-new ones.If you're a bit tentative about working with electricity, don't worry.This installation is simple and shock-free, as long as you cut the juice at the breaker box first.It has a 1x4 pine frame and ¾-inch birch plywood bottom.If you're only building one or two shelves, you can save some money by going to a home center or lumberyard that sells quarter or half sheets of plywood.For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Install Undercabinet Lighting.