Designing, Building and Installing Custom Cabinets for
the Home, by G. William Scherer. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:
Prentice Hall, 1986. 346 pages, $24.95 hardcover.
by Paul Hanke
My first impression of this textbook
for high-school, vocational-education,
and other beginning cabinetmakers
was not too favorable. For starters,
the review copy was bound upside
down, and a quick thumb-through
revealed lackluster graphics and book
design. However, a closer reading
showed that Custom Cabinets, by G.
William Scherer, is a pretty good
reference book for novice cabinetmakers.
Organized in sequence from design
through installation, the book opens
with a chapter on work triangles,
basic kitchen layouts, linear-foot
recommendations for base and wall
cabinets, standard dimensions, and
instructions on how to take field
measurements and prepare