When it comes to DIY kitchen cabinets, there is no dearth of plans available online. However, I always make sure to give you only the best ones from my stable.

DIY Apothecary Style Kitchen Cabinets

Today, I am going to present one of my favorites: DIY Apothecary Style Kitchen Cabinets to help you get the most out of simple DIY projects.

Let me begin with asking you a simple question:

When the thought of building kitchen cabinets crosses your mind, what is your first reaction?

  • Is it a ‘can do it’ reaction?
  • Or is it a ‘will I be able to do it’ reaction?

Either way, you will be amazed to know how easy it is to build amazing DIY Apothecary Style Kitchen Cabinets after reading this article.

Let us get down to the list of things that will be needed for this project

  • ¾” Plywood board
  • Ripped plywood strips | Measurements: 23 ¼” Wide
  • 1X2 Boards | For Face Frames: 1 ½” Wide
  • 1X6 Boards | For Doors and Drawers: 5 ½” Wide
  • 1X3 Boards | For Supports

List of Must-Have Tools

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

It is a good practice to read the plans more than once or until you have grasped the contents completely.

Helpful precautionary checklist

  • Ensure you work on a clean surface
  • Do not allow debris in your work surroundings
  • Always ensure the boards are neat and straight
  • Use finish nails-glue combinations to ensure firm hold
  • Practice pre-drilling holes wherever necessary
  • Work smart, be safe

Step-by-step instruction on how to build a DIY Apothecary Style Kitchen Cabinets

01. The carcass of the cabinet is a plywood board measuring ¾”. Ideally, you can scrap plywood strips to use it as a support on the top of the cabinet. Use a pocket hole of ¾” measurement to have 1 ¼” pocket holes screws drilled into the carcass.

Coming to the drawers, these work out the best when their overall measurement is less than 24″ in width. Drawers of larger width are seen not to bode well with the design.

02. It’s time to continue with the toekick base. Nevertheless, this can be completed with ease by screwing and nailing the boards together. However, one should be careful in making sure the boards are well placed under the dividers on the section of the carcass which will transfer the counter-top weight down to the floor.

Make sure you drill holes to accompany 2″ screws underneath the cabinet. Nevertheless, you also have the option of drilling pocket holes underneath based on your comfort.

03. The face frames ideally cover the plywood edge. Ideally, have the 1X2s boards to be 1 ½” wide. Use pocket holes and pocket hole screws to attach the frames firmly.

Further, the front of the plywood can be attached using a combination of 1 ¼” brad nails and glue.

04. It is ideal to have the readymade doors in place to make things easier. Place the doors inside the cabinet’s face frame with the face frame facing downwards.

Use boards of 1X2 measurements to connect them together. Always ensure you leave a gap of 1/8″ around the doors and drawers and in between the drawer boards. Use glue and 1 ¼” screws to attach with a firm grip.

05. For the drawers, build ones that complement the opening portion of the cabinet. A quick way to ensure the measurements are in the correct order is to validate the length of the drawer sides being equal to that of drawer slides.

Have neat pocket holes drilled into the front, back and outside of the cabinet. Nail the bottom of the drawer using brad nails of ¼” measurements. Have the drawer installed with drawer slides in place.

Final Instructions

After finishing the project, you might find some gaping holes in the finished work. You can consider filling these neatly with wood fillers. After filling the gaps, allow ample time to have these dried.

If you find it necessary, you can also consider applying additional coats of wood fillers if required. Use a sandpaper to completely sand out the wood grains and to remove any remaining residues.

Wipe the project clean with a damp cloth. Use a wood conditioner or a primer if needed.

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