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Frameless Kitchen Base Cabinet

It's easy to build your own custom sized kitchen cabinets with Shelf Help.  This template is for a Frameless (sometimes called Euro Style or Full Access) kitchen cabinet with adjustable widths and uses.

Matching Wall Cabinets

Also build the matching kitchen wall cabinets with this free template.

Dimensions

This template is for a standard 24" deep cabinet including the full overlay door or drawer faces.  You can customize to widths up to 36", and add drawers or leave open.

Recommended Tools and Materials

 

Kitchen Base Cabinet Video Tutorial

Here's a video tutorial of this cabinet being built -

 

Shelf Help Configuration

The configuration used for standard base cabinets is as follows:

  • Width = Up to 36" (wider width are possible but the countertops and shelves may need additional support to keep from sagging)
  • Height = 34.5"
  • Bays = 1
  • Depth = 23.25"

Click here to start designing your cabinet using our Shelf Configurator.

 

Assembling the Carcass

First, cut the toekicks out of the side panels from the finished front edge side.  I use a 4" x 4" toekick - but this is variable.  You can cut for a deeper toekick or taller. 

Then drill four 3/4" pocket holes on each end of the bottom shelf.  Attach to the side panels flush to the top of the toekick.

Shelves can also be added fixed with pocket holes, or adjustable with shelf pin holes.

 

Bay Supports

You'll need a minimum of four bay supports per cabinet, matching the cut length of your shelves.  Use pocket holes to attach.

For adding drawers, add additional bay supports in between the drawers. 

 

Adding Drawers

For drawers, I recommend a 22" full extension drawer slide like these.  For the top drawers, I recommend a 1x4 drawer box.  For the bottom, taller drawers, I recommend a 1x8 or 1x10 drawer box.  In the video tutorial, I go through the steps to build a drawer to fit in this kitchen cabinet, please watch it. 

 

Drawer and Door Faces

Measuring for the door and drawer faces is pretty straight forward, but I do recommend taking the extra step and penciling out your drawers on your finished cabinets - just so you can double check before building/ordering doors and drawer faces.

Here is the my standard method for ordering doors.  But do double check with your hinges to make sure the overlays work out.  

  • Widths are the opening + 1"
  • Heights are the opening + 1/2"
  • For double door widths, use the width of the opening + 1" and then divide by 2
  • For drawers, if you placed the drawer divider bay support as recommended in the diagrams, you can use a hardwood 1x6 for the drawer face
  • For the doors, the standard bore for the hinges (3mm inset and a 35mm hole) works for most hinges, but do double check your hinge instructions