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 a basic table in Microsoft Word that consists of the following seven columns:

  • Panel name
    • Height
    • Width
    • Quantity
    • Edging type
    • Edge
    • Holes

You can decide on the name of the respective panel. Then, height is always listed first, and the width thereafter.  Measurements should be listed correctly especially if your material has grain and you want it all to run vertical or horizontally. Edge type speaks for itself and the most commonly used ones are 0,4mm and 2mm PVC – but there are many more to choose from as your cut-and-edge professional will tell you.

Edging is relatively cheap to start with, but it can reduce the cost of the project considerably if it is just listed correctly. For example, refer to the long and short edges, and the edges for all-round the panels. Finally, holes indicate door hinges. All you need to do is list the amount of holes per door.

When tabulating this information, use millimetres as your unit of measurement –centimetres will just confuse your supplier. Also make sure that you receive all the parts and pieces and that they are cut, edged and drilled correctly when you collect them. Your cupboards can look professional if you just take heed of a bit of quality advice.