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Educational Resources for Teaching Yourself How to Build Cabinets

You want to learn how to make your own cabinets, but aren’t sure where to start? There are tons of free resources online to help you on your quest, but getting started can feel daunting. Online tutorials aren’t all created equal, and for every good instructional source, there are at least ten bad ones. Knowing which ones to watch and which ones to skip is important.

Following are links to some of the best resources I’ve come across on my journey to teach myself to build my own kitchen cabinets. I hope you find them as helpful as I did!


Overall, my favorite creators who make woodworking and cabinet-building content are:

  • Bourbon Moth Woodworking – His videos are to the point, but extremely informational with a side of humor. He’s a professional craftsman with a focus on producing educational content for beginner woodworkers, as well as sharing project specific builds.

  • DIY Wife – Andrea’s channel is all about her DIY adventures, featuring her husband as moral – and comedic – support. She’s recently started teaching herself and her followers how to build progressively more complex furniture pieces. Her bathroom vanity tutorial is actually what I used as a reference for my bathroom vanity build!

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  • Choosing the Correct Screw Pocket Screw | Woodworkers Guild of America – I beg you, please make sure you use the correct screws for your projects. Screws are designed to perform for specific applications. A project’s construction will fail over time if the wrong type of screw is used.

  • How To Easily Install Concealed Hinges & Cabinet Doors (Kreg Tool) – This tutorial walks you through hinge installation for overlay cabinet doors, but the jigs used in the video also work for inset doors. Euro hinges are a great option for cabinet door mounting because they are easy to install, are concealed (meaning you cannot see the hinge hardware on the outside of the cabinet), and come in a soft close option. This is the hinge type I plan on using for most of my cabinet doors, minus the few that will need normal hinges due to space constraints. Really, I think it’s just my sink cabinet and a couple bi-fold doors that will need special attention.


If you prefer reading, "Building Kitchen Cabinets and Bathroom Vanities" by Steve Cory is an excellent resource that walks you through materials, woodworking tips, and different construction methods. To be honest though, I've only referenced this book a couple of times looking for answers to technical questions I couldn't answer easily through Google searches.

An important note: there are certainly wrong ways to build cabinets, but there is no single correct way to build them. In fact, there are many acceptable techniques for building cabinets, ranging from beginner-friendly options through to more advanced construction techniques. My best advice is to do your own research and decide which approach is best for your skill set and comfort level, then try it out.

Best of luck with your project and happy nesting,



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