Step 3: Cover the Ends

Tom Silva nailing furring strips to the unfinished ends of the joined cabinets
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Nail two 1x3 furring strips vertically to the unfinished ends of the joined cabinets, front and back. If the edge of the face frame extends beyond the side, set the front furring strip behind it, as shown here.

Using a circular saw, cut two pieces of cabinet-grade plywood to cover the full sides of the joined cabinets. Use finish nails to secure them to the strips. Together, the furring strips and the plywood on the sides build out the ends of the cabinets enough to match the space between them.
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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.