Let us discuss how to build a 36″ sink base kitchen cabinet today. It gives me immense pleasure to receive emails from enthusiastic readers who always look out for more ideas.

36" Sink Base Kitchen Cabinet

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Let us begin our plans with discussing the list of things that you need to start the job

  • For Back | ¼” Plywood
  • Ripped Plywood Measurement: ¾” | Cut into strips measuring 22 ¼”
  • 1 ¼” Pocket Hole Screws
  • ¾” Finish Nails
  • Rip strips measuring 5″ long from ¾” Plywood board
  • For top support and shelves: ¾” Plywood board
  • Face Frames | 1X2s
  • Center Stiles | 1X3

For cabinet doors, it is advisable to get new ones directly from the shop rather than building them. You will find doors for literally every measurement and you just need to find the right ones.

The list of tools that are required to get the job completed

  • Speed Square
  • Tape Measure
  • Safety Glasses
  • Pencil
  • Brad Nailer
  • Kreg Jig
  • Ear Protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Miter Saw

It is always advisable to read these plans more than once and understand the contents well before you plan to start. Ensure you follow necessary precautions and work smart.

The work surface should always be clean and free of debris or any foreign objects. Always practice pre-drilling holes before you proceed to fix the boards.


Overall Measurement is |24″ (With door included) | Inside dimensions 22 ¼”X34″

Cut List | Carcass

  • ¾” Plywood Boards for front panels | Measurements 22 ¼”X34 ½” | 2 No’s
  • ¾” Plywood Boards for bottom shelf | Measurements 22 ¼”X34″ | 1 No
  • ¾” Plywood Board for bottom supports | Measurements 5″ X34″ | 2 No’s
  • ¾” Plywood Board for Top Support | Measurements 3 ½”X34″ | 2 No’s
  • ¼” Plywood Board for back | Measurement 32″X35 ½” | 1 No

Face Frames

  • 1X2 | 33″ | 1 No
  • 1X3 | 21″ | 1 No
  • 1X2 | 27″ | 2 No’s
  • 1X2 | 36″ | 2 No’s

Shelves (Optional)

Plywood board measuring ¾” | 22″X27 ¾”

Drawer/Door for complete overlay

  • For drawer face | 5 ½” X35 ½”
  • For Door | 22 ½”X17 ½” | 2 No’s

Step by step instruction guide for 36″ sink base kitchen cabinet

01. Start your cabinet work by neatly creating two side mirrored panels.

02. Continue with attaching the bottom support to the side panels.

03. After completing the earlier steps and ensuring evenness, attach the bottom shelf to the side panel and two bottom supports.

04. Have the base portion attached to the remaining side panels.

05. Have the top supports firmly attached.

06. Attach the backboard with glue and ¾” finish nails.

07. Have the face frames built separately. Continue attaching the face frames to the front portion of the cabinet. It should be noted that the sides might extend by an average of ¼”.

08. For the doors, you can use full overlay based ones with euro hinges being concealed.


Post completion of the project, check for any gaping holes and have them neatly filled with wood filler and allow ample time for it to dry. When the wood filler is completely dried up, you may use sandpaper to sand the surface clean. One may consider using wood conditioners or primers if necessary.

Ensure you get color evenness on the surface.

During the course of the project, if you hit any roadblocks, feel free to get in touch with me. Alternatively, you can join the discussions by commenting in the comment box below.

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