How to Join 2 Base Cabinets

What You'll Need
Soft-face mallet
Counter bore
Utility knife

Integrating two base cabinets is a key step towards installing cabinets and can be an efficient cost saving technique. While the majority would regard joining base cabinets as the work of experts, you can successfully merge two base cabinets with the help of this step by step guide.

Step 1: Planning

Given the numerous designs available in market you should have a clear idea of your specific storage needs and what design would suit you best. The size of base cabinets is mostly uniform. Nonetheless, that could also be altered to fit the dimensions of your space.

Step 2: Getting Started

A word of caution: if you are planning to install wall and base cabinets you should install wall cabinets first, to will prevent your base cabinets from receiving any damage. You can install base cabinets first, but make sure you provide adequate protection (blankets, padding) to the base cabinets while installing wall cabinets. 

Step 3: Remove Doors and Drawers

The primary task is to remove the drawers and doors to facilitate the movement of cabinets, making them relatively less heavy. For easy reference later, label the doors and the drawers with tape as you detach them. 

Step 4: Level Surface

While joining base cabinets, it is important to join the adjacent ends of the cabinets, leaving no space in between. If the surface is not even, the cabinets would require support on the low spots. All units should be supported at the corners. Shims are placed to ensure leveled surface and squared corners. Part of the shims that sticks out from the cabinet could be cut off using a utility knife. 

Step 5: Drill Holes

This is where the drill comes in. Drill three holes that are comparatively larger than a screw. The holes should be drilled from the outside of the frame through the width of the stile. The size of the hole is important. If the hole is too small, it might prevent the screw from joining the cabinets together. At the top, it would be more convenient to drill at a downward angle so it becomes easier to drive the screw from the inside.

Step 6: Use the Counter-Bore

The counter-bore is a tool required to enlarge the upper part of the hole so the screw is completely merged with the surface. This is essential in the process of joining cabinets to ensure a solid foundation.

Step 7: Clamp the Units Together

To ensure that the frames are completely joined, check to see if any adjustment is required with a soft-face mallet. Then, hold the cabinet units firmly together and insert a screw. Side by side, check for any adjustment required as you insert the two remaining screws.

Step 8: Attach Base Units to Wall

After completion of all the above-mentioned steps attach base units to the wall with wooden screws into the studs. Once you have completed all the steps you have successfully joined and installed two base cabinets.