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I am looking to tackle my home office, but really don't know where to begin.  I have a design from a contractor with measurements, but to have them do it would have been outrageous..  If someone would be interested (or knows who might) in helping me come up with a step-by-step process and a materials list to purchase that would be awesome..  Any and all ideas, feedback, or direction would be great..




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You can purchase this book for $4.99

or you may find it on the internet

Visit you local library and check out books on cabinet making to get some tips. They may even have one ore two books specifically on pocket hole techniques and projects.

This is a copy and paste of another member. Speaking for myself, I respect his woodworking and opinion.

 Reply by Jay Boutwell on January 2, 2013 at 10:32pm

Mario, there are many books geared to building cabinets however most are generic in nature.  They will give you the how to and how not to but do little in actually giving you information as to how to build the kitchen cabinet that you may want.  This is especially true if you are designing cabinets for your own home.  I usually advise my customers to go to a few home centers like lowes and home depot and look at the cabinets they offer for sale.  By doing this you can see for your self the differenct designs and styles that are available and by studying the method used in construction you can get a good understanding of how they are built.  This will also give you a good understanding of quality in cabinet building as you can see and compare the top of their line with the bottom end of the cabinets.  Focus on the best and study the methods used to build them. 

If nothing else this trip will give you information and ideas about what you wish to build.  I think it will be very educational as well as giving you and your wife a good idea as to what you each like and dislike. 


The comments above are right on track.  I would also suggest, take your time, build each cabinet one at a time, make sure your pieces are cut and joined square and enjoy the journey. When you go to install the cabinets make sure they are level and plumb.  This project is quite an undertaking and will not be completed overnight.

Even doing everything yourself this project will run into quite a bit of money.  there is a lot of wood to be purchased.

As an option to reduce costs; if there is a Habitat for Humanity or similar store that sells used construction materials and they have the size cabinets you need, you can buy and install them painting the cabinets and making new, matching doors and drawer fronts.

Hope this helps, Don

I just finished building my built-ins. You can check out my YouTube video and the 3 part blog I am writing on how to make it. Here is the Blog Philip Miller Furniture.

I suggest you make the base cabinets approx. 31" tall rather than 36".  In an office setting your sitting most of the time.  Your desk will be from 29" to 31" tall and if you match your back credenza it will look better.  Also I would suggest finding a good industrial distributor of thermofused melamine.  Many distributors stock it in many different colors.  Building the boxes with no face frame (euro construction) then adding whatever you want to the doors and drawer fronts.  I also suggest making at least one wall cabinet deeper to allow legal size papers to fit front to back.  Full extensions on drawer slides make file drawers and all drawers much more accessible. If I can I will attach what I did in my office, Using Maple Thermofused melamine and solid surface countertops.  

Good luck! Looking forward to your in progress postings.


I did my own kitchen cabinets and the one thing really important is a drawing of what you want and where. Then go and measure the space and be sure to check the floor for level as well as the walls. You may need to build a sub-frame for the cabinet if these are out by a lot. Will your cabinets need any toe space or will they be on legs be sure to make note of all these and then build one at a time then join them together at their final location if they are in banks. Looking at pictures on the Internet may give you a lot of ideas. Good luck and be sure to enjoy your work.

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