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Tips For Building Corner Cabinets

Aug 17, 2007
Corner cabinets are by no way the easiest thing to make, nor are they super difficult either. It just takes a little bit of practice with the right tools and the right little bit of knowledge and you're good to go. The hardest parts will be getting your head around the whole concept. But, don't worry you can learn this.

It might seem easy at first, after all if you get the right measurements how hard can it be, correct? But in reality there's more to construction corner cabinets than meets the eye. Don't be fooled by their size in comparison to the other cabinets. Remember, they are in the corner, which means more angles.

Ok, you say, what about angles? These are important for a whole slew of reasons, but, you need to get them right for every shelf. Let's not forget about the doors. The doors will not work without the right angle measurements. That is if you wanted to have doors. And lets not forget, there's always the ever present design scrolls you might want to look at adding as a cosmetic feature to your finished product. So, needless to say, angles are very important.

The difficulty level of your corner cabinets depends completely on your whims and fancies. What this means is how fancy do you want your cabinets to be? But just like when you're constructing anything else, when you're building corner cabinets there are a few simple procedures you might want to follow.

First of all, you need to measure. Measure the space you want your corner cabinet to go into and then measure the height and the depth of it as well. Ideally if this is the first corner cabinet you're devising then you might want to take it slow and start with something simple. Get a feel for the measuring and angles of the corners. Corner cabinets which are small might be eminently appropriate for this purpose.

Then again if you feel like jumping directly into the deep end and confronting one of the harder projects, you might be surprised at the outcome. Once you understand the fundamentals of woodworking and take it slow you will do just fine. The difficulty level can be overcome by the simple use of your common sense and choosing the right precautions, both safety wise and project-wise.

One of these common good sense precautions is to make your measurements on the wood, twice. Remember the old adage, "Measure twice, cut once"? There's great merit in that expression and it's one that you should take heed of in your wood working habits. Common sense and patiences are paramount in your woodworking endeavors.

So the best thing that you can do is to look at one of the corner cabinets in your home that has already been made and to follow (slowly at first) the pattern that the professionals have already dog-tired through. If you have to, sketch it out. Look it over and let your mind see the angles of the existing cabinet. We are visual creatures by nature, utilize this wonderful quality.

So, understand building corner cabinets need not be a labor of monumental proportions. It should be fun and give you a feeling of wanting to do it again. It can all be realized with the minimum of trouble if you do all the right things. And if things don't go right the first time, there's always a second time. This time you'll have the experience of already having built one to fall back on. Learn the fundamentals and go for it! Bring all your home projects to life.
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