Monthly Archives: January 2018

Cupboards: cut, edge and drill

Constructing your own cupboards with 16mm MelaWood is easy. The various components can be joined effortlessly if you have the correct screws and a few basic tools. The important thing to remember, if you want to make your DIY project look professional, is that the cutting, edging and drilling should be done properly.

Carpenter using an electric screwdriver

Unless you are a seasoned woodworker who has all the necessary equipment, cupboard construction is usually a job best left for a cut-and-edge professional. They see to the jobs that would otherwise have been relatively difficult and labour-intensive if you attempted them on your own. The important part is to provide the cut-and-edge professional with a detailed cutting list.

Start by listing the board colour and texture that you seek. Insist on your preferred board brand, for example, PG Bison, or simply mention that you want to use MelaWood. Next, use …

Joining and anchoring kitchen units

After you have constructed your various kitchen units, the next step is to join them to each other, push them back against the wall and anchor them in place.

Fitting kitchen storage

The trick is to move the units as close to ‘in position’ as possible. Then make sure all the units are exactly the same height, adjusting the adjustable legs until the backs and fronts are flush at the top.

Use quick clamps to clamp the units together. Make sure there are no spaces between two separate units. Then find four to five spots, not too obvious to the naked eye, where you will screw the units together. An unobtrusive way is to do three in a row as deep as you can inside the unit. Make your pilot holes, one as low as possible, one as high as you can and one in the middle. Then drill two …