How to Assemble Base Cabinet View Video
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Tools you need: Electric Drill, Level, Measuring Tape, Masking Tape, Wooden Shims
Step 1. Always Begin with an upper corner unit. Measure from the floor and place a mark at 52″ near the corner; this will represent the bottom of the upper cabinets. Using a level, continue this line out from the corner for the length of the cabinet run.
Note: If a soffit is present, ensure it is level and plumb throughout; if all is plumb and square, use the soffit as the upper guide. If there is a low spot, strike a mark at that point; this will become the benchmark point for the top edge of the ceiling cabinets. Using a level, strike a level line to the corner to represent the bottom of the upper cabinets.
Step 2. Using a stud finder, locate the studs along one wall from the corner and mark the studs with a pencil below the line representing the bottom of the upper cabinets.
Major Hint: If there is no one available to assist in the holding of the cabinets, build a support box or install a temporary guide board to support the cabinets as they are lifted into place. Use two or three screws and attach it to wall studs. Ensure it is level; the cabinets will rest on it; after the cabinets are installed, it will be removed.
Step 3. Remove the doors and shelves from the corner unit in preparation to lift it into position.
How To Install Wall Cabinets As Base Cabinets
There is no hard and fast rule that says you have to use wall cabinets for the upper cabinets and the base cabinets for the lower cabinets. It is just a common configuration for standard kitchens. However, there are lots of uses for wall cabinets to be used as base cabinets. Think about using them for window seats under a sunny window wall. Maybe try lining a thin hallway with thin wall cabinets. If you don’t need counter space just fill a whole wall with wall cabinets, or use a thin countertop instead of the 24-inch deep cabinet.
1. Set your cabinets on the floor where you want to install them. Make a scant outline on the wall and along the floor with a pencil. Remove the cabinet and then find the studs
in the wall. You can use a stud finder if you have one, or just a long thin nail that you poke every few inches until you locate the studs. Mark the studs with the pencil.
2. Lay a 2×4 flat on the floor the same width of your cabinet along the front edge, but set back about 1/4 of an inch. Set one flat on the floor flush with the wall where the
back of the cabinet will sit. This will lift the cabinet off the floor a little. Screw both of them in place with the wood screws. Sink the screws into the wood so they are flush
and not sticking up.
3. Set the cabinet on the 2×4 base. Mark the inside of the cabinet where the studs are you found earlier. Drill a pilot hole through the cabinet and then screw a wood screw
into. the hole. Place two screws on the top edge and two on the bottom edge. Your cabinet is now secured with the wall.
4. Drill two more pilot holes through the cabinet and into the front 2×4 on the floor. Screw in two more wood screws. This will hold the cabinet securely in place.
5. Measure the area at the bottom of the cabinet and cut a piece of cabinet veneer to cover the 2×4 to match the cabinet. Glue it in place and secure with finish nails.
How to Put Up Filler Strips for Kitchen Cabinets
Details matter when installing kitchen cabinets and filling voids between cabinets, or between cabinets and the wall. Using cabinet filler strips, or scribes built from the same material as cabinet faces, is the best way to accomplish this. But how do you measure, cut and install cabinet scribes? Consider a few pointers that anyone with a few power tools and some building know how can use to achieve results.
Step 1. Measure for scribes by measuring the face of the cabinet from top to bottom. This will be the length of your scribe.
Step 2. Gaps are frequently not truly rectangular and be more narrow on top or bottom. Since the gap is typically between two flat surfaces (e.g. two cabinets or a cabinet and a wall), measure the gap at the top and bottom ends.
Step 3. Mark these measurements on your material; use ¾-inch plywood or hardwood finished similar to the cabinet. Use one straight edge to reduce cuts. Cut your board to length with a circular or handsaw. If the scribe is an equal rectangle and a tablesaw is handy, simply rip to width.
Step 4. Cut tapered scribes carefully with a bandsaw, jigsaw or coping saw. Clamp the piece down using a C clamp and a square of cardboard to protect the finish, and cut as close to a straight line as possible between the two points.
Step 5. For any inconsistencies in wall surfaces, such as curves, bulges or bumps, tap the scribe into place without glue, and mark it by running a pencil flat against the wall and transferring the profile of the wall to the scribe. Remove the scribe, cut away the excess and proceed with installation.
Step 1. Apply a small amount of wood glue on the edge of the scribe that will rest against the cabinet. Fit the scribe into place, tapping gently with a rubber mallet if needed.
Step 2. Attach to the cabinet with nails or screws from the inside of the cabinet. Pre-drill for screws to avoid splitting. Screws work best for tight seams.
Step 3. Repeat for the other side if working between cabinets. Make sure to glue both edges, and be careful not to allow screws to pull cabinets out of alignment with other units, including the countertop. If this happens, remove screws, re-set the cabinet and re-cut the scribe for a better fit.
Step 4. Use painter’s caulk at the wall to fill seams for a nice, clean finish. Use wood caulk for open seams between cabinets. Make sure to keep a damp rag handy to remove excess caulk before it dries.
How to Install Kitchen Peninsula Cabinets Without a Wall
Installing kitchen peninsula cabinets without a wall to serve as a guide can be challenging. However, the end result is a kitchen that has much more work and storage space–which is generally in short supply in most kitchens. Peninsula cabinets are cabinets that project into the room, are open on three sides and remain connected to the base cabinets. They can be a functional addition to many kitchens with adequate floorspace.
Step 1. Choose the cabinets. Make sure your order includes a finished panel for the backside, which is not generally standard with most cabinets. Find out if you need to order a kickplate to set the cabinets on or if they have an integrated kickplate. The kickplate is the area at the base of a cabinet that is set in from the cabinet. Some come integrated as part of the cabinetry and some are a separate piece altogether. Order cabinet countertops that are finished on both sides and the end. Avoid ordering countertops that have an integrated backsplash.
Step 2. Line up cabinets to see how they feel in the room. Make adjustments for placement before you’ve attached cabinets to the floor. Work with the cabinets until you like the line and how they fit within the space. Most peninsula cabinets are installed at a 90 degree angle, though there is no hard and fast rule.
Step 3. Mark the space on the floor where you want to install the peninsula cabinets. Make sure the cabinets are level and lined up correctly. Use shims if necessary to level the cabinets. Attach kickplate to the floor at joists with 2-inch screws. Attach cabinets to kickplate if needed by setting the cabinet on top of the kickplate base and screwing into the base with 1-½-inch screws.
Step 4. Have countertops installed by professionals. Leave off the interior shelves, doors, and knobs until the countertops have been installed to protect them for incidental damage. Once the installation of the countertops is complete, you can attach shelves, *end exclude.
Install Base Cabinets
Step 1. Set your cabinets in place on the floor in the position you would like them to sit. Make sure you have saved enough space for the stove, the dishwasher and the refrigerator, if they are going to be included in this installation. It is best if you can do a dry run with everything in place.
Step 2. Mark out the layout with masking tape and write on the tape the label of the cabinet or appliance going in its place. Mark down the measurements of the items on the tape.
Step 3. Remove the doors and drawers so you can gain access to the inside of the cabinets. This will allow you to clamp them together. Set all the extra pieces aside.
Step 4. Make sure the floor is level. If you find that there is a noticeable difference, use shims to level the cabinets. Make sure you check the level in both directions. If the whole room is slanted, make a mark on the wall to show the high point with a line to the low point, and install the cabinets along that line.
Step 5. Mark the wall above each cabinet area where the wall studs are located. You will need to drill into them for a secure installation. Use chalk or masking tape so you can remove it after the cabinets are in place. Shim the cabinets up, if necessary, to meet the level line.
Step 6. Drill a hole through the mounting rail inside the cabinet, about 3/4 inch down from the top. Go through the cabinet and into the wood stud. Screw the cabinet in place with the included screws.
Step 7. Set the next cabinet in place and clamp it together with the installed cabinet, making sure it is sitting straight and level. Drill a hole through the inside, through the end panels, and screw them together. Remove the clamps.
Step 8. Install the rest of the cabinets in the same method. When they are all installed, put the drawers back on their slides and the doors back on the cabinets.