There is no doubt that everyone loves to build a kitchen cabinet. To help you realize your cabinet dreams, I have come up with the best plans to help you achieve this more efficiently. Today, we will discuss everything you need to know about how to build a tiny house kitchen cabinet base.

Tiny House

One of the major advantages of this cabinet is it doesn’t require much space. Thus, I lovingly call this plan the ‘Tiny house kitchen cabinet base plan.’

Getting down to the must-have list to get this project up and running

• Cabinet Grade Plywood | ¾” | Rip into strips measuring 23″ X 8 Feet
• Scrap Plywood Boards | 1X4s
• Matching Wood Species | 1X2s
• Scrap Wood Plywood | 1X4s | For Support
• Toekick Build-up | 2X6s
• Plywood Scraps | ½” or ¾” | For Drawer Bottoms
• Plywood for back cabinets | ¼”
• Drawer Boards for Faces | 1X12 and 1X6
• Pocket Hole Screws | 1 ¼” and 2 ½”
• Wood Glue
• Wood Filler

The list of must-have tools to complete the project:

• Saw | Circular type
• Bit Set
• Tape Measure
• Speed Square
• Pencil
• Safety Glasses
• Drill
• Hearing Protection
• Kreg Jig


I would advise everyone of my readers to go through the instruction guidelines even if they are well-versed with safety precautions. Before starting something new, it is always advisable to read the entire guide more than once and make a note of questions that pop up in the back of your mind.

Anyone can work HARD, but the best ones work SMART! So how do you work smart? It’s simple:

• Follow basic rules such as working on a neat and a clean surface.
• Ensure your surroundings are free of debris.
• Practice the art of pre-drilling holes before pushing the screws in.
• Intelligently workout a combo of glue-nail wherever firm grip is desired.
• Wear eye gear while drilling.
• Use earplugs if necessary.


Cut List

Note: This cut list is for Drawer Bases with measurements of 18″. However, one can adjust the width to customize as per requirements.

• ¾” Plywood | 2 No’s | 23″X29 ¼” | For Sides
• 1 ¾” Plywood | 2 No’s | 23″X16 ½” | For Bottom
• 1X4s Plywood Boards | 3 No’s | 16 ½” | For Top and Back Supports
• 1X2s Plywood Boards | 2 No’s | 16 ½” | For Ensuring Neat Trim between Drawers
• 1 ¼” Plywood Board | 1 No | 29 ¼”X18″
• 1X12 | 2 No’s | 17 ½” | For Drawer Faces
• 2 – 1×12 @ 17-1/2″ (drawer faces)

Step-by-step instructional guide

01. Start with front edges of sides and bottom by edge banding process. Drill neat pocket holes measuring ¾” along the bottom side edges and attach the boards to the sides using a combination of wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

02. Continue by attaching top support pieces.

03. Get the back support up by attaching the pieces to the sides.

04. Drill pocket holes of ¾” on the back portion of the cabinet and have it neatly flush with the front while having it positioned to the middle region of the drawer face.


05. Use ¾” staples to attach the back or use glue and nails to have the supports in place. You can also use plywood panels. One can also use factory edges wherever possible.

06. Continue with building toekick from 2X6s boards to the entire length of the cabinet while having the support positioned to the cabinet sides. It is advisable to use Pocket Hole Screws which helps in easing the cabinet installation during later steps.

07. For the drawer slides, follow the instructions given below in the video.


Post completion of the project, check for any gaping holes. Once you have identified them, have them filled with wood fillers and allow ample time to let it dry.
Sand the finished surface to ensure smoothness and consider wiping the surface clean with a clean damp cloth. One might also consider using wood conditioner or a primer if necessary.
However, during the course of the project, if you get stuck or hit any roadblocks, you can get in touch with me. Alternatively, you can join the discussions by commenting in the comment box below.

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