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45" Wall Kitchen Cabinet

April 28, 2014 |
posted by Ana White
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45" wall cabinet plans

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Author Notes: 

Kitchen #2 is almost done!!!!  

Things have definitely been slower this time around, mostly due to the arrival our our son ...

I'd like to say he's high maintenance, but that's not the case.  He's been the most agreeable baby.  But after seeing how fast our daughter grew up, we are definitely taking the time to cherish every moment with this little guy.  

In other words, we spend hours staring at the baby when we should be working.  

Please don't fire me.

You've already seen the open cabinet on the corner.  Right next to it (and on the other side of the microhood) we decided to build just one big wall cabinet, instead of two separate cabinets like we did on Momplex Unit B.

It's cheaper this way and faster to builds, giving us more time to stare at the baby.  

It's about the same work to build a bigger cabinet as a smaller one.

But one thing we did end up doing was plan the doors so they both open from the stove side, despite the cabinet being one cabinet.

We did this on both sides, so the cabinets all open out.  This really makes the kitchen more functional.  And because we DIYed this kitchen, it's an easy mod to do! (I'm working on a post to be published soon about measuring and ordering doors and selecting hinges etc so look for that coming soon).

You'll find the plans for this 45" wall cabinet following.  If you'd like to check out more posts on DIYing a kitchen, go here.

Thanks so much for reading and using our plans and tutorials - it's much appreciated!

XO Ana + Family

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
45" Wall Kitchen Cabinet
Dimensions: 
Standard 45" wide x 30" tall kitchen wall cabinet

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 - sheet 3/4" plywood ripped into strips of your cabinet depth (we choose 10-1/4") - you'll use about 3/4 of the plywood for this cabinet* (save scraps for using as supports)
1/2 sheet of 1/4" plywood*
2 - 1x2 @ 6' (to be safe, you may want to purchase one at 8')
1 - 1x3 @ 27"
1-1/4" pocket hole screws
3/4" finish nails(for nailing back on)

*Used prefinished plywood

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
compound miter saw
table saw
nailer

Cut List

Cut List: 

NOTE: We choose a cabinet depth of 12" overall INCLUDING the doors, face frame and backs, so we ripped our plywood to 10-1/4". You can choose a different depth, just make sure you consistently use the same depth from cabinet to cabinet.

CARCASS
2 - 3/4" plywood 10-1/4" x 30" (sides)
2 - 3/4" plywood @ 10-1/4" x 43" (top and bottom)
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 44-1/2" x 30" (back)
1 - 1x4 or plywood scrap 43" long (inside support)

FACE FRAME
2 - 1x2 @ 27"
1 - 1x3 @ 27"
2 - 1x2 @ 45"

SHELVES
Same as top and bottom, but cut down 1/4" on front and ends to allow for edge banding and shelf pins

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

First step is to build the basic box of the cabinet. We do this with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

We also like to attach our face frames with pocket holes, so we drill 3/4" pocket holes along the outside front edges of the sides, top and bottom. Neighboring cabinets will hide - or for an end cabinet, you add a piece of 1/4" plywood that is finished to match the doors and face frames.

Step 2

Next, we use a scrap piece of plywood from ripping the sides to create a top support. This board is used for hanging the cabinet on the wall.

Step 3

We then attach the back with 3/4" finish nails and glue.

All the pieces up to this point we use prefinished plywood for. That way nothing has to be finished inside the cabinet!

Step 4

Next, we build the face frame using 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Then we attach face frames with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws through the predrilled holes from step 1.

Step 5

For adjustable shelves, we drill shelf pin holes inside the cabinet (and for longer cabinets like this one, also on the inside of the 1x3 center on the face frame). The shelves themselves are the same size as the top and bottom of the cabinet, trimmed down 1/4" in width and length to allow for front edge banding and the shelf pins.

Step 6

For full overlay doors that standard hinge on the outsides, this is the door sizes you would build or order. If you want the doors to open to the same side, the doors would be 21-3/4" and 22-1/4" (using 1-1/4" overlay hinges).

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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DecorSanity's picture

You are soooooo not fired!

As a fellow mom you amaze me with what you get done, seriously. You are super talented AND you have your priorities in order! That baby is so cute, who wouldn't want to stare and play with him all day! Love all of these plans, can't wait to see kitchen #2 all finished. I love love love that you went with the white over gray cabinets. Keep up the great work, and all of the baby loving!

posted by DecorSanity | on Mon, 2014-04-28 15:36
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DecorSanity's picture

You are soooooo not fired!

As a fellow mom you amaze me with what you get done, seriously. You are super talented AND you have your priorities in order! That baby is so cute, who wouldn't want to stare and play with him all day! Love all of these plans, can't wait to see kitchen #2 all finished. I love love love that you went with the white over gray cabinets. Keep up the great work, and all of the baby loving!

posted by DecorSanity | on Mon, 2014-04-28 15:36
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Staring is the BEST!!!

Ana, I love the way you talk about staring at your son; my littlest one will be three in two weeks and I still find myself staring at her. So, keep on staring and soak up the moments. The projects will always be there (and they don't grow up, though they do seem to multiply.) Hugs to you and your family! May God bless you all!

Love, Susan

posted by DIY4Love | on Mon, 2014-04-28 19:29
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spiceylg's picture

Adorable!

He is so darn cute; looks just like big sis. You have your priorities straight, no worries! I love how you work with others to keep the posts coming. Loving the looks of the tuxedo kitchen thus far. Can't wait to see it finished, but I'm sure not more than you! You two continue to amaze. Seriously.


posted by spiceylg | on Mon, 2014-04-28 20:37

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