Step 8: Mount the Door Latches

Tom Silva mounting door latches to the inside of the cabinet doors
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Inside each cabinet, toward the top, nail a block against the back of the face frame where the push latch will go. Screw the latch into place so it's flush with the front of the frame, then screw the corresponding magnetic plate to the inside of the door.

Tip:
To position the magnetic plate properly on the inside of the door, color the back of the plate with a chalk, lipstick, or a felt-tipped marker, then affix the plate to the latch, the marker side facing out. When you close the door, the inked plate will leave a slight mark on the inside of the door where the plate should be positioned.
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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.