How to Assemble Base Cabinets with Glue, Dowels and Brad Nails

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Although many people tend to assemble their cabinets with glue and cam locks, it can also easily be done with glue, dowels and brad nails.

1. Prep for assembly. Start off by placing the face frame on the ground. The two side panels with toe kicks should slide easily into the frame’s grooves. Next, insert the bottom panel board into the groove on the bottom of the two panels with toe kicks.

2. Assemble main pieces. Insert the two dowels onto the opposite end of the openings (this is the top of the door’s face frame). They should fit into the grooves nicely. Your last panel slides in the empty slot (this will be the back of the cabinet). Insert dowels on the ends of the toe kicks and then add a panel to the front of the toe kicks. This panel should fit perfectly underneath the face frame.

3. Add supports & drawer pieces. Place corner supports on the top of the cabinet and nail them in with brad nails. Then install in drawer sockets and drawer slides.

4. Add door front & shelf pieces. Attach the door front by nailing in the hinges to the face frame. Add in shelf supports and slide shelf in.

5. Assemble the drawers. You will have four pieces and then the bottom (so 5 all together). Apply glue to the grooves of the front drawer piece. Add the two side boards by matching the grooves together. Then install the bottom of the drawer by sliding it into the grooves. Add the back of the drawer piece with glue. The grooves should match up nicely. Slide in drawer slides. Attach decorative drawer front and secure with nails.

After assembling the base cabinets, you’ll probably want to install them. Measure the base cabinets and use a pencil and level to mark a line of the highest point in the floor to the cabinet height. Use the stud finder to locate the studs and mark them accordingly. Fit your cabinet into place and check to make sure it is level. If so, predrill the top framing piece into the wall studs and secure with screws.

Click hereto watch a video tutorial of how to assemble base cabinets.

How to Assemble a Lazy Susan Cabinet with Glue and Cam Locks

Lazy Susans make a great addition to your kitchen. They provide a simple solution for unorganized spaces and make all your goods easily accessible. A great way to make the most of your kitchen space is to install a lazy Susan into a corner cabinet. Here are some basic assembly instructions using glue and cam locks.

1. Prep for assembly. Open your box and lay out all of the parts separately. Lay down one of the side panel pieces with a toe kick on a flat and clean surface. Apply glue to the grooves of the panel and then insert a regular side panel board upwards on the right side.

2. Start to assemble cabinets. Then take the bottom piece with the turntable (make sure the turntable is facing inwards), and attach that to the toe-kick side. The turntable piece should be attached to both of the boards now. Tighten all locks so the panels are secure.

3. Repeat assembly on remaining pieces. Now repeat a similar process with the remaining board with a toe kick. Attach a regular side panel to the toe kick board with glue. Secure and tighten the locks. Take this two-panel construction rotate it so that the toe kick panel is on the opposite side of the existing toe kick panel. Attach it to your previous 3-board piece. It should fit nicely. Tighten all locks once again.

4. Combine two pieces together. Now flip your assembly over so that the turntable piece is on the bottom with the turntable facing up. The toe kicks should provide a few inches of space underneath the turntable base. Apply glue to the edges of the back and then insert the thin piece and top corner piece.

5. Install face frames. Now you will apply glue on the borders/grooves of the face frames. Attach these to the opening of the cabinet and then tighten all screws and locks. Where the two face frames meet, you should install a screw with a screwdriver for security. Do the same on all joints where the two frames meet the panels.

6. Add height to cabinets. There should be two pieces of wood left that match the existing height of the toe kicks (these are short toe kicks). Position these onto the cabinet under the door and screw them in tightly. Now your cabinet should stand up easily with the toe kicks on the ground.

7. Assemble cabinet doors. The last thing to do is to put the cabinet doors together. Screw the hinges into the door openings. Add shelf clips and insert the second lazy Susan shelf in the middle of the cabinet. Make sure all is flush and that the lazy Susans are rotating correctly. Screw in corner braces on top of each corner.

How to Assemble Base Cabinets with Glue and Cam Locks

Assembling a base cabinet takes a bit more time and work than the basic wall cabinet assembly. With that being said, you can still get it done quickly and easily with just a few products. The instructions for assembling base cabinets are very similar to wall cabinets, with just a few added steps. All you need here is some wood glue and a screwdriver.

1. Prep for assembly. Open your box and separate all of the parts. Place the door and face frame facing down on a protected surface to start. Apply wood glue to the edges of the face frame, making sure to not apply too much. Make sure there is an ample amount of glue in the joints.

2. Assemble first few parts. Use a screwdriver to make sure the cam locks are in an open position on the side panels. Insert one of the wall side panels so that the male and female parts of the cam lock fit effortlessly. Repeat with the opposite side panel.

3. Assemble toe kick. You want to install the toe kick panel (bottom piece) with wood glue. It should fit into the grooves easily. Tighten all remaining locks.

4. Finish assembling pieces. Add glue to the dadoes (groove in the wood of the side panels). Add the back panel with the unfinished side facing out. It will fit into grooves nicely). Tighten all cam locks remaining and wipe off any excess glue. Move the cabinet so the face frame and door are facing the ceiling.

5. Assemble drawers. You will have four pieces and then the bottom (so 5 all together). Apply glue to the grooves of the front drawer piece. Add the two side boards by matching the grooves together. Then install the bottom of the drawer by sliding it into the grooves. Add the back of the drawer piece with glue. The grooves should match up nicely. Screw in the locking devices/clips. Then screw in the sockets. Slide in drawer slides. Now is a good time to install the shelf clips and place the shelf on top of them.

6. Insert drawers. Then it’s time to insert the drawer you assembled earlier. The box should fit smoothly in the drawer slides until you hear the locking mechanism “click”. Open and close the drawer a few times to make sure it works.

After assembling the base cabinets, you’ll probably want to install them. Measure the base cabinets and use a pencil and level to mark a line of the height point in the floor to the cabinet height. Use the stud finder to locate the studs and mark them accordingly. Fit your cabinet into place and check to make sure it is level. If so, predrill the top framing piece into the wall studs and secure with screws.

How to Assemble Wall Cabinets with Glue and Cam Locks

You don’t need be a professional or spend a ton of money to successfully assemble your kitchen or bathroom cabinets. A glue and cam lock assembly is very easy to do yourself- which is one of the benefits of choosing ready to assemble cabinets. Installing your wall cabinets should take less than 10 minutes, leaving you with plenty of time for other home remodeling projects. All you need for this is wood glue and a screwdriver- the rest should come with your cabinet kit.

1. Prep for assembly. Open your box and separate all of the parts. Place the door and face frame facing down on a protected surface. Apply wood glue to the edges of the face frame, but be careful to not add too much.

2. Start to assemble. Use a screwdriver to make sure the cam locks are in an open position on the side panels. Insert the side board so that the male and female parts of the cam lock fit effortlessly. The glue will also help these pieces adhere. Do the same on the opposite side panel. Now you will have your base and two side panels all secured together.

3. Continue assembling. Add glue to the dadoes (the grooves in the wood of the side panels). Install the top and bottom panels and lock the cams. You now should have the bottom/base, top and both side panels installed.

4. Finish assembling & add shelves. Add the back panel with the unfinished side facing out (it will fit into grooves nicely). Tighten all remaining cam locks and wipe off any excess glue. Install shelf clips and slide in the cabinet shelf. It should fit snugly. You’re done!

After you’ve assembled your wall cabinets, it’s time to mount them to your wall. There are various tutorials for this online, but you can always consult a professional contractor for further help. Below are the very basic steps for mounting cabinets to your wall.

Measure the space from the floor up to the cabinets, taking into consideration the base cabinets, counter tops and more (if they aren’t already installed). Using a level and a pencil, mark a line on the wall where your cabinets will end. Use a stud finder and mark them so you know where to drill. Most people secure a ledger board to the wall for support and screw it into the marked studs to support the cabinet’s weight temporarily. Install the cabinets on the ledger board and secure them into the wall at the studs.

A Guide to Drawer Slides

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What would we do without drawers? Our storage options would be a bit more limited and our homes would be a bit messier. In order to make the most of the drawers in our homes, we need to make sure they are easy to open and close. This greatly depends on the type and quality of your drawer slides.

Drawer slides are devices that make opening and closing your drawers easier. They are usually mounted underneath the drawer or on its sides. They prevent your drawer from accidentally being pulled all the way out off the hinge, thus spilling the contents of the drawer on the floor. Your drawers should easily move and be able to hold a specific amount of weight, so it's important to choose the right type of drawer slides.

There are a variety of different types of drawer slides. You can classify drawer slides by their material (plastic, wood, elaborate bearings), the amount of weight they can hold and how they are mounted.

First, we'll start with how they are mounted. The bottom-mount drawer slides (in which two rails are installed on the bottom of the drawer on each side) are the easiest to install, but can't hold a large amount of weight. Since the mounts are hidden from sight, they are a popular and attractive option. Center-mount drawer slides have one rail in the center on the bottom. These are also easy to install and are best used for smaller drawers. Side-mount drawer slides have two rails installed on both sides of the drawer. These types of drawer slides can hold more weight, making them great for bathrooms and kitchens.

Then there are a variety of other ways you can customize your drawer slides. You can choose the colors (popular options are brown, white or wood-colored), the material (wood, metal and plastic are commonly used), and the accessories (including sockets, drawer spacers and locking devices).

Two popular brands of drawer slides are Hettitch drawer slides and Blum drawer slides. Hettich makes innovative drawer slides that hold any loading capacity. They make ball-bearing slides, roller wheel slides and concealed slides. They also have a mechanically assisted opening system and slides for domestic appliances. Blum makes concealed drawer slides that offer four-dimensional adjustment and an exceptional load capacity. The soft and quiet opening and closing action makes them a favorite among many homeowners.

Bring Spring Into Your Home

Now that we are officially into spring, it's time to update the look and feel of your home to match the season. There are variety of ways to bring spring into your home without spending a fortune or using up all of your free time. Here are a few of our tips- what do you do to bring spring into your home?

One way to bring spring into your home- literally- is with fresh flowers and plants. Place fresh flowers from your garden in a nice vase and place them on your dining table as a lovely centerpiece. Flowers also look lovely in the bathroom on the vanity top, especially if you have guests coming over.

If fresh flowers or plants aren't your thing, you can still bring those elements into your home in the form of items such as decorative hardware. Floral knobs or leaf pulls can easily be taken off and replaced seasonally if you prefer- although leaving them up year-round will make every day feel like spring.

Spring decor is typically related to brighter and bolder colors. You don't need to paint your walls or furniture each time the season changes- that would be a bit excessive. By simply changing up the rugs, pillows, paintings and other items, you can give your home a new, spring look. Eliminate darker colors from winter and opt for whites with touches of brighter colors such as yellows, greens and blues.

If you can, allow for natural lighting during the daytime. Make the most of the extra hour of light by opening your blinds and curtains. This not only brightens your space, but also will let you save on your electricity bill.

Although many homeowners dread this time of the year for this reason, spring cleaning is a must. Work on de-cluttering each room, eliminating dust, washing fabrics and organizing your closets. Items such as shoe storage, closet storage pullouts, hampers and pant racks all let you easily organize your closet. You should also give your RTA cabinets a thorough cleaning to restore their shine and color.

Unique Rolling Door Hardware

If you're looking for a stylish addition to your home, installing a rolling door is a popular option. Rolling doors not only are an attractive addition to your home, but they also save space. Since these rolling barn doors have no door swing, this saves you a few feet of space that typical doors use when opening and closing.

In addition to saving space and adding a new look to your home, these doors are useful in hiding certain rooms. For example, a laundry nook, personal office or kid's playroom can benefit from being hidden by a rolling door. Larger rooms can be separated in half with a rolling barn door, creating two separate functional spaces. These doors are also a great option for a pantry or closet, since they attractively conceal your storage in small spaces.

These interior barn-style doors can be customized in a variety of ways to match your home's style and decor. Between the variety of rolling door hardware (including roller straps), type of finishes and your door thickness, you can easily customize  the look of your door.

One of the easiest ways to customize your rolling door is with the roller strap. There are a wide variety of styles available ranging from a basic rectangle shape to a fancy Fleur-de-Lis style. If you're looking for a unique roller strap, here are a few fun options.

 horse roller strap

Since it is sometimes referred to as a “barn door” this double-horse roller strap is a perfect hardware option. Bring a touch of the outdoors inside with this handsome horse detail.

wolf roller strap

This Kaminski wolf roller strap would make a great addition in a home of those who love the outdoors. Log cabins, hunting lodges and more are great spaces to install this rolling door hardware.

gingerbread man rolling strap

This gingerbread man roller strap is another fun type of hardware for your rolling door. Install it in the family room you spend the holidays in- guests will love the fun, seasonal touch. This particular roller strap style is very versatile, so it can be used year-round as a fun, decorative accent.

ice cream cone roller strap

What better way to personalize a kid's bedroom or playroom than with this ice cream cone roller strap? This fun hardware is sure to receive compliments from any guest who enters your home.

All About Birch Kitchen Cabinets

When choosing new cabinets for your kitchen, the wood type is one of the many deciding factors. One of the more popular and affordable wood options for these RTA cabinets is birch.

One of the main strengths of birch is how it compares to maple. Birch has many of the same strength qualities and can easily be finished to resemble maple. The best part is that birch is less expensive than maple, so you can get the quality look of maple at just a fraction of the cost. Birch is becoming a popular choice for ready to assemble cabinets, so it is readily available in a variety of styles for consumers to choose from.

Birch is a very sturdy, strong wood that is dependable and will last. Although it is not the strongest wood type out there, it gets the job done. Birch cabinets will stand up well to daily use, including scrapes and bumps. They also hold nails and screws well.

Birch wood has a uniform texture and appearance, so it is easy to finish and paint to your liking. Whether you like the natural, uniform grain of birch or want to transform your birch cabinets to appear like walnut, the process is simple.

Birch is generally light in color, although it can be stained darker if you'd like (as mentioned above). It generally ranges in color from white to slightly red to a golden brown. There are over 50 species of birch around the world, so the options are endless. Below are examples of the different styles and looks of birch cabinets. Which one is your favorite?

natural birch cabinets

These are natural birch cabinets. The handsome, light-brown wood gives a natural and traditional feel to your kitchen.

dark birch cabinets

These are brandy birch cabinets. The darker stain is an easy way to change the natural look of birch to appear more luxurious.

white birch cabinets

These are white birch cabinets. The lighter color gives a sleek and simple look to your kitchen. White also can brighten up your space.

birch kitchen cabinets

This is another example of natural birch cabinets. The all-wood construction and slight toffee finish are a popular choice among home owners.

Benefits of Choosing RTA Cabinets

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When choosing cabinets for your home, there are a variety of options to consider. Remodeling your home- whether it's just the kitchen or a few rooms together- is an easy way to increase the value of your home and enhance your quality of living. However, remodeling these days can be quite costly. This is where DIY ideas such as ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets come into place. If you're looking for a quick and easy assembly, are remodeling on a budget or love do-it-yourself projects, then ready to assemble cabinets are your best option. Here are a few benefits of choosing RTA cabinets.

The price. RTA cabinets are commonly considered an affordable alternative to custom-made cabinetry. They retail for only a fraction of the cost of custom cabinets, which comes in handy when you're on a strict budget. Since customization and assembly are eliminated from the process of buying RTA cabinets, you'll save a ton of money. Since these cabinets are easy to install yourself and come ready to assemble, there's no need to spend tons of money on carpentry tools, expensive contractors and more. The shipping is also generally less expensive since the pieces can be flat-packed.

The time. Since RTA cabinets don't need to be custom made, the lead time is far quicker than custom kitchen cabinets– which can take months to be completed. Due to their popularity there are so many manufacturers and companies producing RTA cabinets all over the US, so your shipping time will also be quicker (typically 1-2 weeks compared to 6-8 weeks for custom cabinets). The cabinets are always fully stocked and ready to ship, so you can start and finish your remodel sooner than you thought possible.

The ease. RTA cabinets are shipped with the parts and directions you need to install and assemble them yourself. Most RTA cabinets can be easily assembled using items such as a hammer, nails, wood glue or a screwdriver. For example, the doors are pre-hung on the face frame for easy installation. If you do need extra help with the installation, there are a ton of resources available online- including videos, tutorials and step-by-step photos. With the popularity of these cabinets, a new DIY culture of home remodeling has become more and more apparent online. If you're still looking for help, some companies will install the cabinets for you upon delivery. And even if you do end up hiring a contractor to help with the assembly, you'll still be saving money in the long run opposed to purchasing custom cabinets.

The look. RTA cabinets are available in a wide variety of popular styles- ranging from handsome maple to practical Thermofoil. With so many different colors, stains, grains and details, there is a cabinet style out there for every kitchen. RTA cabinets use common hardwood to create the cabinet frames, doors and drawer fronts and then use plywood for the inside. The all-wood construction is durable and handsome, making them a fine alternative to the poorly-constructed particle board versions you see at mass retailers. Why not spend a fraction of the cost and get the same quality look as the high-end custom cabinets?

Spring Cleaning: Your Kitchen

The term “spring cleaning” can be applied to a variety of different areas of your home: your closet, your garage, or even your bathrooms. But one area that can probably benefit the most from a good spring cleaning is your kitchen. Since the kitchen is used daily for food preparation, dining and much more, making sure it's always clean and organized is a must. With the new season approaching quickly, now is the best time to spend a weekend spring cleaning. Here are a few areas to focus on cleaning and some tips and tricks.

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Your cabinets– Your kitchen cabinets hold everything from dishes to food, so you want them to look good on both the outside and inside. For the inside, empty out the contents and give the cabinet a good dusting. Get rid of any dust, crumbs or debris that has collected. You can always line your cabinets with paper or linens to help with this. Before putting the contents back in the cabinets, get rid of anything that is broken, old, stained or useless. For the outside of your cabinets, give them a nice cleaning with some cleaning products (you can generally use soap and water, but each type of wood or surface requires different cleaning products). This will get rid of any fingerprints or stains and make your cabinets look like new.

pots and pans

Your pots and pans– Over time, your pots and pans can take quite a beating. If you use them infrequently, it's a good idea to give them a good cleaning to get rid of any dust. If you use them often, chances are they have some build-up or damage from frequent cooking. If this is the case, give them a deep clean to get rid of any build-up, scratches or debris. Each material requires different cleaning methods, so be careful to use the appropriate one. Generally, a soft cloth and white vinegar gets the job done on stainless steel.

range hood filter

Range hood, stove and oven– Starting at the top, it might be time to check and replace the filter in your range hood vent. These need to be changed periodically and cleaned, so spring is the perfect time. Give your stove a nice cleaning to get rid of any grit, food debris or burnt spots. Most ovens have a self-cleaning feature, which makes the final step fairly easy. If not, you can always give the inside a good scrub with baking soda and water (or a store-bought oven cleaner). Let it sit and then scrape any debris off and you're good to go.

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Garbage and waste storage– An often-neglected area of the kitchen is the waste baskets and pull-outs. Give your garbage cans a thorough cleaning with a basic bleach-and-water solution and let them dry. If your bins have seen better days, replace them with new ones. This is also a great time to stock up on garbage bags and store them for future use.

stainless steel sink

Sink and garbage disposal- Your sink can always use a good scrubbing- and now is the ideal time. Disinfect your sink with a cup of bleach and a sink full of water. Rinse it out and use a wipe to give it a nice shine. Don't forget to shine the faucet and knobs as well. If you have a garbage disposal, try running a lemon through it to get rid of any bad odors. If you have a clogged sink, use a store-bought product to clear this problem up.