Step 1: Remove the Toekick

Tom Silva removing a toekick from a stock cabinet
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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To shorten each cabinet to accommodate feet, transfer a line that’s flush with the bottom edge of the face frame to the toekick, sides, and back of each cabinet using a combination square. Remove the excess material using a hand saw.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      circular saw
    • hammer with nailset
      hammer and nail set
    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • hand saw
      hand saw
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • putty knife
      putty knife
    • paintbrush
      paint brush
    • paintroller
      roller cage with 3/8 inch nap cover
    • Phillips screwdriver
      screwdriver

    Shopping List

    1. ½-inch cabinet grade birch plywood. Get a 4x8 sheet.

    2. 18-inch base cabinets. Get three.

    3. 1x3 furring strips. Get two 10 foot boards.

    4. ½x2 lattice strips. Get two 8 foot boards.

    5. ½x1 lattice strips. Get two 6 footers.

    6. ¾ bed molding. Get one 8 footer.

    7. Push door catches. Get three. 8. Drawer knobs. Get six.

    9. Furniture feet. Get four.

    10. Corner foot plates. Get four.

    11. Medium grit sandpaper.

    12. Wood putty.

    13. Latex primer and paint.

    14. Metallic gold antiquing wax.