Constructing the Cabinet Frame

  1. Cut two cabinet sides (A) from 3/4-inch-thick plywood according to the dimensions given in Figure 1.
  2. Cut one cabinet back (B) from 3/4-inch-thick plywood according to the dimensions given in Figure 2.

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  1. Cut two cabinet shelves (C) from 3/4-inch-thick plywood, each measuring 23 by 34-1/2 inches.
  2. Inspect each face of the two cabinet sides (A), and choose the better ones to face outward on the finished cabinet. On the inner faces of the two cabinet sides (A) and the cabinet back (B), cut two dados, each 3/4-inch-wide and 1/4-inch deep, at the heights indicated in Figures 1 and 2. These provide support for the shelves (C).
  3. Assemble the two sides (A), back (B), and two shelves (C), as shown in Figure 3. Note that the shelves (C) slide into the dadoes. Check to make sure that all of the parts are square and level. Use glue and 3-penny finishing nails spaced about 6 inches apart to secure the pieces together, and fasten a web clamp around the assembly for added strength. Leave the cabinet clamped overnight. (If you are unsure about how to use clamps for this assembly, consult "Tips and Techniques.")

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6. Cut one 34-inch-long back support (D) from 1x4 pine. Measure and draw a line 4 inches down from the top across the cabinet back (B). Nail and glue the back support (D) to both sides (A) and to the back (B). Place one nail about every 6 inches. This strengthens the cabinet and is used later to brace the metal drawer glides that support the drawers.

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