How to Build Cherry Cabinets

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  • 12-20 hours
  • Advanced
  • 300-1,500
What You'll Need
Wood glue (waterproof)
Drill bits
Circular saw
Electric screwdriver
Measuring tape
Masking tape

Cherry wood cabinets are among some of the most beautiful you can find. They are also some of the most expensive. You can build your own cherry cabinets but be warned that working with cherry wood can be very frustrating, so it is important to determine how much work you wish to put into the project. The finished cabinets will be well worth the effort. Cherry wood is a fine grain type of wood that is a rich reddish and brown tint. Cherry cabinets can create a warm feeling to the room they are in but cherry wood is likely to warp, split, or even shrink. The extra trouble is worth the work because of the rich wood smell and dark color. The article below will show you how to build your own cherry wood cabinets.

Cabinet Design

Determine where you want your cherry cabinets to be and the general appearance the final cabinets should have. If you have cabinets currently, you can measure them and copy the dimensions and use them for the new cabinets. Remember to always measure the area twice to make sure you have the correct measurements. With this information in hand, you can then put pen to paper to create a detailed sketch complete with measurements. Use your sketch and go to the wood store to purchase your supplies. The salesman will be able to help you pick out the best wood for the cabinets as well as the right amount of boards you will need. When buying your hardware, choose pieces that will match the look of the cherry and complement the rest of the decor.

Cut the Cherry

Transfer your measurements to the back of the pieces of cherry wood. You will be using the circular saw to cut out the pieces for the cherry cabinets. Keep in mind that cherry is hardwood, and that means it can easily splinter. After the wood is cut, always treat the cut edges with a finish of paint, stain, or polyurethane. This will prevent damage from water. In order to lessen the chance of the wood splintering, use masking tape on the side you will be cutting. The tape helps to decrease the vibration produced by the saw.

Build the Cherry Cabinets

Cabinets are fairly easy to assemble due to the fact they are essentially boxes. Follow your plan and glue the pieces together as you have them labeled in your sketch. Drill pilot holes where you believe you need a screw. It is good to place two to three screws on each side where the wood connects. Also, line up the hinges to where you want them and drill pilot holes in the door and in the frame. The pilot holes prevent the wood from cracking due to the screws being added. Do the same with the door handles. Once assembled, affix the cabinet to the studs in the wall.