DIY Projects is one of the fascinating things that you can consider going for especially during your free time. If you need to have a perfect assembly of a cabinet then using the Pocket Screws is one of the best and recommended techniques that you can go for. When you build your cabinet using the pocket screws, then this will allow you to save a lot. The making it very cheap to you. Wood projects are one of the ultimate DIY Projects that most enthusiasts do whenever they are looking forward towards having a successful DIY project. All you need is to have the perfect guideline that will impart you with the right skills which will help you make the right choice when it comes to working on the various woodwork projects.
You need to assemble all the requirement that you do require before starting building your cabinets. This is very critical since it will always save you on time and also allow for smooth flow of work. The requirements that you need are divided into 2; you need the materials, and you also need the tools.
One of the most recommended Pocket Screw Jigs is the Kreg Jig.
- Tape measure
- Circular Saw
- Drill Bit Set
- Framing Square
- Speed Square
- Cordless Drill
- Orbital Sander.
The following are the materials required when making the Cabinets with Pocket Screws.
- Pocket Screws.
- Wood, i.e., Plywood
Steps and Procedures To Flow.
• Step 1: Always Plan for the Cabinet you want to make.
These are one of the vital steps since it will enable you to determine the best size of your cabinet. Most of the standard cabinets have got a height of about 36” tall with a standard counter depth of around 25”. A perfect counter width should be about 12-60”. It's also important that you do consider the size of the door that you need your cabinet to have when planning for the cabinet.
• Step 2: Prepare the sides by cutting the sides.
When you are preparing the sides of your cabinet, you need to always keep in mind that all of your sides won't be seen. Thus when selecting the materials the appearance of the materials should not factor in, but only the strength and its durability should be a major concern. You will make a cut out of about ¾ “ from the plywood. The panels that you are preparing should be 34.5” high and about 24” wide. Using a jigsaw, you will cut a 3 x 5.5” toe-kick after you have clamped all the two sides together. This is to ensure uniformity. The part that you have cut is the bottom front corner. The height of the cabinet depends on how tall you want it to be that is why your taste plays a critical matter when you are determining this.
• Step 3 Prepare the Bottom part.
The Bottom part is prepared by cutting the bottom part from the materials that you do have. The recommended depth of the bottom part is 24” while its width largely depends on the size of your kitchen.
• Step 4: Prepare the front and back base panels
You will cut the front and back base panels from the materials that you have that are the 1x6 lumber. This is where you will cut two pieces that are having the width of the bottom panel.
• Step 5 Cut the Top Brace Panel
The top brace panels hold the top ends together. Thus you are going to cut two pieces that are having the same width.
• Step 6 Prepare the Facing Panels
The facing panels look more like the picture frames. A perfect face panel size that you can make is the 1x2, 1x3 and the 1x4 Sizes.
Assemble all the parts using the Pocket Screws.
You will drill the base panels and all the parts as mentioned above that you had earlier on prepared. Thus using the Pockets screws, you will assemble all the parts together and join them. You will align and screw them using the pocket screws. For instance, you will screw the cabinet base into the edge of the panels using the pocket screws. This is done after you have made the pilot holes using the drills when you aligned the parts together. The sides that you had prepared will be joined to the bottom. The top brace panels will be secured by placing a counter top on it. You will then reinforce the joints that you have using the corner brackets and screws.
Installation of the Shelves.
You will measure and cut out the shelves from the lumber and install it in your Cabinet. The Shelves can be held together firmly by use of screws. This do provide a perfect stability when in use as compared to the use of glue.
Include the facing panels.
The facing panels that you had assembled will be added to the Cabinet that you had built. Flat joints are the best when adding the facing panels to your cabinet.
Pocket Joints are usually deemed to be the finest option to go for especially when you are making a Cabinet. Despite that, they do have their advantages and disadvantages. Some of the advantages of using the Pocket Screws to form a joint include;
- You do not need to have costly tools for clamping purposes. This is because the screws provide you with a clamping action as you wait for the glue that you had applied to dry.
- The Joints are usually butted together hence there is no unnecessary cutting of the materials thus saving you on time and also wastage of materials.
- There are minimal challenges when it comes to dealing with alignment clamping thus a high level of accuracy are maintained.
- The Pocket Screw Joints that are made from the Pocket screws have got also their own limitations, and this includes;
- At times the holes left behind by these joints as long and oblong thus distorting the appearance of the cabinet.