Building Your Own Cabinets
At first, it seems very intimidating. But with enough mistakes, practice, & patience you can build a great set for your van!
This is our 3rd set of cabinets & we can proudly say our expertise has definitely increased over the past year & a half working on vans.
The best way to improve is to practice, do not let your fear prohibit you from refining your wood working.
Sugatsune Aileron Lift-Assist Lid Stay with Soft-Close for Upward Opening, Heavy Duty – SET (Bright Nickel/Gray) https://www.thehardwarehut.com/catalo…
Wood Pre-Conditioner/Oil Based Stain/Oil Based Lacquer/Mineral Spirits/Lint Free Rags/Staining Pads
Kreg K4 Pocket HoleJig System (K4 Jig) https://amzn.to/2NVDThr
Kreg KMA3200 Shelf Pin Drilling Jig https://amzn.to/3bi1Bgm
Kreg Tool Company KHI-PULL Cabinet Hardware Jig https://amzn.to/3uRoQ97
Kreg Tool Company KHI-HINGE Concealed Hinge Jig https://amzn.to/3uYKZCr
Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig Super Pack https://amzn.to/3uT5vnQ
Kreg SPS-F075-100 Pocket Screws, 3/4″ 100 Count https://amzn.to/38eVmIy
Painter’s Pyramids https://www.rockler.com/painters-pyra…
You should be wearing proper PPE.
Building a lattice on a couple saw horses with a large tarp under it is very important for painting/staining projects. You can use tables or whatever you’d like also.
· The cabinet base is made from ½” Baltic Birch & the doors are ¾”.
· We used wood conditioner, mineral spirits to clean in between sanding, a Varathane Oil based stain, & oil-based lacquer.
· We wanted to try a different staining technique due to the Kreg pocket screws.
· We recommend doing a dry fit of all materials then staining while everything is apart.
· Use a directional sander & go with/against the grain of the wood for sanding, conditioner, stain, & lacquer application. Please use a lint free rag when applying anything if you’re not using a staining pad.
· Double & triple check measurements before cutting, your tape measure is not very accurate so get a square/straight edge of some sort.
· When doing multiple cuts (like the doors) with a certain dimension try to make all those cuts at the same time. So, don’t make a 16” cut then a 14” cut then back to 16” for another door. Make all your 16” cuts back-to-back so that they’re all the same. Moving your fence ba
ck & forth always creates room for errors & differences.
· Adhere to the cure times & temperature ranges your products recommend.
· Tape to create nice lines while staining/painting.
· Keep the work area clean with a large tarp under the staining/painting area.
· Don’t forget nominal dimensions of woods, ¾” is usually actually 5/8”.