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Building a laminate cabinet

Updated on April 4, 2009

Building a laminate cabinet for your home is a relatively easy task if you are focused on accomplishing the task.  There are many places on the web to get plans, including Rockler and Popular Woodworking.  A good source for information is Wood Web.

You can find 3/4 inch laminate at your local home improvement store. Menards usually has it priced lower than Lowes or Home Depot. Also it is easier to pick up there as well. If you desire, you can use precut laminate. Of course you are limited in the depth of cabinet to the choices that are offered. Which are 12", 18" and 24".

When you cut the laminate make sure you have a good sharp blade! A Freud carbide tip will work well, but there are others you can use.  Use masking tape when you make a cut to help prevent chipping.

If you want shelves in the cabinet you can use standards for adjustable shelves.  Otherwise you can cut dadoes for where you want shelves.  Just make sure the standards start at the same place or your shelves will be crooked and will flop around.  With dadoes make sure you have them exactly the same distance from the bottom or your shelf will be out of level.  Make sure you dado out the sides so you can put a back in it.

On the edge of the laminate, you can use tape that you iron on or you can use wood and paint it.  Lowes has Behr paint which would work really well.  Just make sure whatever you use use a good quality paint so it will last longer. 

If you need tools, some people go to the Tool Crib on Amazon, but Grizzly Tools is also a good source.

Laminate will take spills better and will last longer than wood, it also will stay brighter  longer than wood.  However if you are looking for something that would be an heirloom piece, I know one of the best cabinet makers in the country he can make a piece of wood furniture that would be the envy of friends and family. If you need tips or suggestions or assistance fixing something, let me know and I will help as best I can. 


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      logic,commonsense 7 years ago

      edelhaus, thanks for stopping by!

      If you need any ideas or solutions while remodeling, let me know! I have done many remodels professionaly and can give you helpful hints on what to avoid and what to expect!

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      edelhaus 7 years ago from Munich, Germany

      now this is the kind of advice I'll be needing very soon (we're remoldeling top to bottom) - thank you!

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      meow48 7 years ago from usa


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      logic,commonsense 7 years ago

      Thanks for the kind words Dawn! It is easy finding a carpenter, but difficult to find a truly good one. Most want to slam things together and make a quick buck, but a true craftsman will take the time to do it well and do it right!

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      Dawn Michael 7 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      great idea, good being a decorator it's not easy alway finding a good carpenter!

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      wrenfrost-if you ever have any questions, don't be shy! I have built many a cabinet as well as other wood projects, so I have a little expertise!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      wrenfrost56 8 years ago from U.K.

      I'm actually pretty good at DIY but have yet to tackle a cabinet, I will try to remember your advice here when I do. :)

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Thanks for the comments! Always glad to help! If you ever have any questions, don't be afraid to ask!

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      heart4theword 8 years ago from hub

      Could always use another cabinet. Good to have some instruction for those who want to give it a go! Thank you:)

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Ha! Ha!

      Wow, the bedroom ceiling, thats bizarre!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      cheaptrick 8 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      I worked as an Installer during my college days along with George Washington and Ben Franklin(I just dated myself lol).

      We used Formica to the extreme!

      The most difficult job i ever did was four by eight sheets of black Formica applied to the clients bed room ceiling,holy crap was that hard!

      Looking forward to reading more.


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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Thanks for your kind words dyesebel!

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      dyesebel10 8 years ago from USA

      nice hub.. thanks for sharing.

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      And I know how to use them! :)

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Yes do tell me more. I bet you have the best hands in the business. Woo hoo!!!!!

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      I do do some custom woodworking for special clients.

      Well, I had one woman tell me that she loved my big hands!

      You might be suprised to know how good! :)

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Hi Logic are you a carpenter, gosh I never realised you are so good with your hands!!! :) :)

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      logic,commonsense 8 years ago

      Thanks for the comments.

      Laughing Mom-I love creating things out of wood. I love it even more when I get paid for it! I'm easy but I'm not cheap! :)

      Sir Dent-I appreciate it!

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      SirDent 8 years ago

      Pictures would definitely help this hub. Posting pictures has nothing to do with over advertising. They are a big help in showing what you are writing about.

      Laughing Mom, I do work like this but am very expensive. :P

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      If I ever attempted such a thing, the end result would be close to that of what my 4 year old would do. Power tools terrify me. Only in the last couple of years have I given in to using a power drill rather than a screwdriver. Glad there are people like you that are good at it, or I'd be sitting on the floor with everything I own in stacks around me!

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      logic,commonsense 9 years ago

      Thank you yxhuang! My only concern about posting photos is that it may be perceived as advertising.

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      yxhuang 9 years ago

      If possible, I would love to see some photos in this hub. It would be great sharing your creative work here. Thanks for sharing.

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      logic,commonsense 9 years ago

      You are most welcome. I love building cabinets and furniture. It is rewarding in many ways!

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      Lgali 9 years ago

      thanks for sharing this idea


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