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This practical handbook takes the mystery out of designing and making built-in cabinets! Take the confusion out of cabinetmaking by learning how to:

  • Measure a room and design cabinetry
  • Develop working shop drawings and cutting lists
  • Work with solid wood, veneered plywood, MDF, and plastic laminates
  • Build traditional face-frame cabinets and Euro-style frameless cabinets
  • Cut and join the basic box for any project
  • Construct wall-hung cabinets, units with lighting, and floor-to-ceiling styles
  • Make doors, drawer faces, drawer boxes, and countertops

Kitchens are the ultimate DIY woodworking project, offering the best return on investment! Demonstrating how woodworkers can approach the complex job of designing and making built-in cabinets for kitchens, family rooms, and home offices, this technical handbook provides meticulously detailed shop drawings, clear instructions, and hundreds of professional tips for saving time, materials, unnecessary aggravation, and money. Bob Lang offers practical, hands-on, how-to information and guidance for building traditional face-frame cabinets as well as constructing contemporary frameless Euro-style cabinets.

You’ll learn how to measure rooms and design fitting cabinetry that considers both function and aesthetics, how to develop working shop drawings and cutting lists, and how to work with materials as varied as solid wood and plastic laminate. Technical instructions for cutting and joining the basic box, as well as for fitting it to drawer stacks, sinks, corners, appliances, and islands, are also included, as are detailed steps for sanding, finishing, and installing each piece. This second edition also offers a colorful new 16-page idea gallery with photographs of finished cabinets.

Whether it’s kitchen, home office, family room, or any other kind of built-in cabinet work, this classic technical handbook shows you exactly how to approach the complex job of designing and making custom cabinets. Robert W. Lang takes the mystery out of the job with clearly written text, meticulously detailed shop drawings, and sharp photographs that show how cabinets go together in the real world.

From the planning stage all the way through installation, Bob Lang’s The Complete Kitchen Cabinet Maker, Revised Edition gives you a firm foundation for designing and building kitchen cabinets from scratch. You’ll benefit from practical and shop-tested methods and time-savers on every page.


From the Publisher

Learn cabinet design from a professional cabinetmaker with over 30 years experience

Hands-On Advice from a Master Cabinetmaker

Take the confusion out of cabinetmaking by learning how to:

Measure a room & design cabinetry

Develop working shop drawings & cutting lists

Work with solid wood, veneered plywood, MDF, & plastic laminates

Build traditional face-frame cabinets & Euro-style frameless

Cut & join the basic box for any project

Construct wall-hung cabinets, units with lighting, & floor-to-ceiling styles

Make doors, drawer faces, drawer boxes, & countertops

Design and Construct Every Kind of Kitchen Cabinet Like a Professional

Methods for European Frameless & Face-Frame

Whether it’s kitchen, home office, family room, or any other kind of built-in cabinet work, this classic technical handbook shows you exactly how to approach the complex job of designing and making custom cabinets. Robert W. Lang takes the mystery out of the job with clearly written text, meticulously detailed shop drawings, and sharp photographs that show how cabinets go together in the real world.

Learn to construct built-in cabinets from scratch

Make your own cabinets for kitchens, family rooms, & home offices

Develop working shop drawings & cutting lists

Save time, materials, aggravation, & money

Includes both traditional & Euro-style

Meticulously detailed shop drawings

Clear, concise instructions

Hundreds of professional tips

16 page idea gallery with color photos

Includes instructions for joints, fasteners, hinges, counters, drawers, bases, finishing, and more!

Everything you’ll need to know to make beautiful, functional cabinets from scratch

Gallery of Inspiration

Included in this new Revised Edition is a 16-page color photo gallery of cabinet variations and ideas. Be inspired to make your own cabinets to perfectly fit any room of your home.

Shop Drawings, Figures, & Lists

This technical handbook provides meticulously detailed shop drawings, instructions, and hundreds of professional tips, including how to develop your own working shop drawings and cutting lists.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Technical instructions for cutting and joining the basic box, as well as for fitting it to drawer stacks, sinks, corners, appliances, and islands, are also included, as are detailed steps for sanding, finishing, and installing each piece.

Colorful Idea Gallery

Get inspiration and tips on variety, style, utility, scale, & fitting your room’s space with a new 16-page color photo gallery in this Revised Edition. Photographs are displayed alongside tips, suggestions, and details for each presented cabinet design.

Traditional or Contemporary?

The biggest decision the cabinetmaker will face is whether to build traditional face-frame cabinets, or European frameless cabinets (32mm cabinets). Don’t make the mistake of thinking that appearance is the biggest different between the two! Learn the important differences in construction, and how you can build in either style to achieve the finished look you want.

Boxes, Drawers, Slides, and More

Regardless of the type of cabinet you decide to build, a rigid box will be at the core of each one. The hardest-working part of any project is the drawer, opening and closing on a slide many times per day. Learn how to design and build every essential part of a cabinet project from boxes and drawers to frames and panels with the in-depth instructions in this book.

Counters, Bases, & Finishing

Beyond just the cabinets, learn to make, laminate, and install countertops, build separate bases for the cabinets to sit on, apply finishings, and install your cabinets correctly. From the planning stage all the way through installation, Bob Lang gives you a firm foundation for designing and building your kitchen cabinets from scratch.

Photos for Inspiration

European vs Face-Frame

Anatomy of a Cabinet

Around Your Cabinets