Kitchen Cabinets Construction Methods

Kitchen Cabinet Construction Methods

Kitchen cabinet construction methods can often determine both quality and lifespan of your installation or remodel. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to build a cabinet below!

Best Kitchen Cabinet Construction Methods

Here you will find a few different methods for a 24-inch kitchen cabinet using a couple effective techniques. Sometimes, the experience level and available tools will determine which construction method to implement. Follow the steps detailed below to properly finish this DIY project.

Butt Joints And Wood Screws

Constructing your cabinets with a butt joint and wood screws has the potential to be the fastest way to complete the process without special tools. All you need to do is simply drill the screws in place. You may also use good fasteners and wood glue.

The only issue with this method is that the fasteners will be visible. However, there are a few ways to hide the fasteners:

  • You can try covering the sides of the cabinet with a quarter-inch beadboard.
  • Make sure the screws are counter-sinked so you can fill them with wood filler or putty.

Of course, it doesn’t matter if the screws are visible if the cabinet sides won’t be seen.

Butt Joints And Pocket Hole Screws

Pocket hole screws can be used to quickly construct a cabinet. This will require that you have a jig, though, to drill the holes. This method is often a go-to for a sturdy cabinet to join the face frame.


Cutting a dado that will allow the cabinet bottom, back panel and fixed shelves to recess into the sides may be a bit tricky, but it is well worth it. This method will require some special tools, including a table saw and/or table mounted router.

Getting the dados just the right width can be tough, especially when the material thickness differs. When building the cabinet to eventually paint, you will not need to worry about precision like natural or stained wood cabinets.

Dowel And Dovetail Joints

Most quality drawers and doors will be constructed using either a dowel or dovetail joint. Some cheaper cabinetry uses staples that won’t hold for very long. Dovetail joints are actually considered the premium standard for kitchen cabinet construction today.

Dovetail joints feature interlocking sections of wood that hold each piece tightly. These do not require any screws, staples or nails. The best cabinetry uses dovetail joints and wood glue to make the longest lasting cabinetry on the market. Dowel joints are a great alternative for anyone with a tighter budget.

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