Anytime you’re going to build
multiple units and especially
when they share identical parts,
it’s a good idea to build a prototype early in the process. No
matter how carefully you’ve
planned, it’s easy to miss some
One detail often missed is
how the pieces overlap one
another. In our case, we wanted
the sides to overlap the top and
the bottom of each cabinet to
hide the veneer layers of the top
(lid) and the bottom (floor).
Because of this overlap, the tops
and bottoms needed to be 1-1/2
inches shorter than the overall
width of the cabinets.
Additionally, we wanted our
cabinet backs to fit inside the
box that made up the sides, the
top and the bottom for the same
veneer-hiding reason. This means
Most of the cuts for this project
will be made on the table saw.
Taking a 16” rip from a sheet
of plywood leaves the 32” back
panels needed for the cabinets.
A depth gauge makes holes for
the shelf pegs while preventing
the bit from going through the