A Cabinet Becomes a Door

Shelf-pin holes are drilled in the sides of the cabinet case with the help of a jig.

Cabinet pieces are glued and screwed together in the shop.

A simple stile-and-rail face frame is fastened to the case with glue and pocket screws. A strong connection here is imperative because the face frame has to double as a door handle.

A frame of decorative molding inside the face frame completes the recessed panel on the front of the case.

Running screws through special slotted holes in the hinge plates allows the cabinet's position to be tweaked when it has been hung.

Two layers of 3/4-inch plywood pad out the plate on the bottom of the cabinet to create proper clearance between the cabinet and the floor.

Once the plates were in place, it was easy to swing the cabinet into position and secure it with the cap screw.

The door casings cover the gap between the cabinet and the wall. The pilaster trim and plinth block are fastened to the wall on the hinge side, and to the cabinet on the “latch side,” where they also act as stops for the door.

The built-up head trim hides most of the gap at the top of the cabinet. A thin strip attached to the cabinet covers the rest.

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