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How a Cabinet is Made in Home Remodeling

At Excel Builders MN, we're happy not just turning your house into a home, but about the home remodeling process in general. And for all you budding craftsmen and women out there who want to give it your own shot, you've come to the right place. In today's lesson, we're going to walk you through three different kinds of cabinets based on your experience level and budget.

General Steps to Follow

  • Research: A 10ft-tall Greek statue that provides ice in your kitchen may not be entirely practical, but there are other ways of achieving your desire to have a Mediterranean feel. Read books, sites, brochures- heck, even Wikipedia is good for giving you concrete ideas.
  • Measure, measure, measure: There's a saying, Measure twice, cut once and it's been around for so long because it's true. Whatever you do in home remodeling, it's a lot less hassle if you get it right in advance.
  • Ask questions: There are plenty of experts out there (like us!) who are able to answer any question you may have. Plunder their minds, our little builders. Plunder their minds.
  • Prepare: This includes buying your wood, cutting it into the appropriate pieces (ie top and bottom), and setting out all tools and materials you'll be using.

Types of Cabinets

There are three basic types of cabinets you can build: inched framed overlay, full frame overlay, and frameless. Each one has pros and cons, and whichever one you pick depends on your skill level and budget. For example, a one-inch overlay leaves a bit of space between the front of the cabinet and the frame, and is a great entry-level project. Building a full frame overlay requires a bit more skill and budget, but allows for a flatter look. And finally, a frameless cabinet requires the most skill and precision, but can result in a cabinet that looks absolutely seamless and smooth and gives you up to 40% more cabinet space.

Framed Half-Inch Overlay


A framed half-inch overlay cabinet has the "top piece" resting on the face-frame of the cabinet so it sticks out a little. You've most likely seen framed overlays in older homes, as they're a great, budget-friendly cabinet.
This option is fairly easy to build and lets you have all sorts of fun picking out hinges. The part of the top piece of wood that shows is called a reveal, and a half-inch overlay exposes two inches of the cabinet frame.

Framed Full Overlay

Framed full overlay

A framed full overlay cabinet leaves no gap between the doors, and is a type of cabinet more typically seen in modern rooms because of its seamless, Jetson-like appearance.
Like a Moebius strip, framed full overlay shows no beginning and no end, just a continuous façade of door and drawer face. Pick the right kind of wood, and you get the look of any decade.


Frameless Cabinet

Also know as Euro box style, the frameless cabinet has the doors attached directly to the cabinet box sides.
This one's a big of a high-risk/high-reward type of cabinet because while it's more difficult to be absolutely correct with the precision, the satisfaction of skill can be worth it.

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