Frame-and-Panel Cabinet

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Videos in the Series

Build a Small Cabinet: Introduction

Get an overview of frame-and-panel case construction.

Build a Frame

Begin by selecting lumber and milling parts. Mortise the legs and start building the external frame.

A Smart Technique for Tenons

Rousseau continues building the external frame. Learn his unique method for cutting tenons on the bandsaw.

The Blades

Join the front of the case with three flat connectors called blades. They're attached to the case with double tenons and two dovetails.

Runners and Kickers

Complete the web frame with parts that help the drawer slide smoothly.

The Panels

Enclose the case with panels. Get tips for cutting rabbets on the tablesaw and see how to bevel the top safely on the bandsaw.

Smooth Surface for a Finish

Save time finishing by doing surface prep before glue-up. Get lessons on hand-planing and see how to taper the legs.

The Moment of Truth: The Glue Up

See the piece come together and get tips for a successful glue-up.

Make a Flat, Sturdy Door

Learn how to make a square, stable door that fits perfectly in the case.

The Ultimate Knife-Hinge Lesson

Don't let these low-profile hinges intimidate you. Rousseau demonstrates a straightforward technique using double-sided tape, a trim router, and a chisel.

Piston-Fit Drawer

Learn the high points of drawer-making using half-blind and through-dovetails.

The Drawer, Continued

See the drawer come together and get tips on fitting it to the case.

Finishing Touches

Hang the door, install a door catch, apply a finish, install the top, and add the pulls.

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