How to Build a Basic Cabinet with Doors- Tutorial

As part of the office built-ins, I needed to build two cabinets with cabinet doors. I got a lot of questions about how I did this! It is much more intimidating than it looks! Here is a step by step tutorial!
Materials you’ll need:
3/4 inch plywood
1/4 inch plywood
1/2 inch plywood
1×2 boards
1×4 board(s)
Wood Glue
Kreg 1 1/4 screws
concealed hinges
2×4’s and 2 1/2 inch screws for base
1 1/4 inch brad nails
Table Saw
90 Degree Clamp
Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
Kreg Concealed Hinge Jig
Nail Gun
This is a personal preference and specific to some projects, but I usually build a base for my cabinet to sit on. This raises the cabinet off the floor and allows me to wrap the base with baseboard. This gives it more of a built-in look! My baseboards are 5 inches tall so I build a box with 2x4s placing them with the 3 1/2 inch height. On top of the box, I lay 2×4’s this time flat with the 1 1/2 inch height (like the photo above). You might need to make this differently if you have different height baseboards.
Your measurements will obviously be different than mine, so find the height, width and depth you need for your cabinet first. Then use the table saw to cut your 3/4 inch plywood for the two sides of the cabinet and the base.
Then use the Kreg pocket hole Jig to put pocket holes about every 4 inches along one bottom edge of the side pieces.
Put wood glue along the bottom edge of the board and then use the 90-degree clamp to ensure a perfect square corner. With the clamp in place, screw Kreg screws through pocket holes.


Add top supports. Cut 1×4’s to length and add 2 pocket holes to the ends. Attach them at the top corners using screws. If you are not adding some type of countertop on top of the cabinet you can add a full top instead of the supports. It is just a cheaper and effective way if you are installing a top.


Use the table saw to cut 1/4 inch plywood to fit the back of your cabinet. Use the nail gun and brad nails to attach it.
 Cut 1×2 boards to length for a face frame. 
Make a frame by using pocket holes, wood glue and screws (as shown above).
Attach the face frame with wood glue and a few brad nails.


This is the easy and technically wrong way to make cabinet doors, personally I think they look great! One day when I have a router I will try it the “right” way!

Step 1:

Use the table saw to cut 1/2 inch plywood to the size you need your cabinet door to be PLUS 1/4 inch on the height and the width.
Cut 1/4 inch plywood with the table saw to make your trim. Make the width 1/8 inch wider than you want it to end up.
Use wood glue and clamps to attach the trim to the 1/2 inch plywood board.
Once the glue is very dry, take off 1/8 inch from each side (height and width) using the table saw. This gives it a clean, uniform edge. Sand all the edges.


Then use a concealed hinge jig and follow the instructions. I did a 1/2 inch overlay hinge and made my doors to fit that size.
THESE are the hinges I used and I really like them!
I couldn’t be happier with the finished product!



  1. satta king on August 23, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Saved as a favorite, I like your website!

  2. Samantha Perez on March 23, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    That’s awesome! When you said add 1/8 in to height & width, is that 1/8 to each side or 1/16 to each side, making it 1/8 total? Thanks in advance!

  3. Sara on June 29, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Woah, this turned out great! I had all my kitchen cabinets redone by a cabinet painter a few weeks ago, and ever since I’ve been itching to install and paint new cabinets in my mudroom. I’m a home improvement newbie, but your process seems totally doable. I think I’m going to tackle it one of these weekends, and hopefully, it turns out as good as yours! Wish me luck!!

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