Built-in cabinets require a marriage between woodworking and carpentry, and that often means you have to insert a perfectly square cabinet into a not-so-square alcove. Greg Zall has a technique that ensures this partnership will be a long and happy one. He blends a few old carpentry tricks with some cabinetmakers' tricks of his own, making his cabinets narrower and bases shallower than the space they will inhabit. He positions the whole assembly away from imperfect wall surfaces, and uses overwide face-frame stiles and an oversize top to compensate. When all is said and done, his pieces look exactly like they grew there, and yours will too.

From Fine Woodworking #229