Step 1: Measure for the Cabinet Frame

measuring a vintage shutter for the cabinet frame dimensions
Photo: Laura Moss
Using a tape measure, note the shutter's length to determine the height of the cabinet's 1x8 sides. For the cabinet top and bottom, deduct ½ inches from the shutter's width, as these boards will go between the sides.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • pencil
    • Rafter Square
      Rafter square
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • drill
    • multi-bit screwdriver
    • one-and-a-half inch paintbrush

    Shopping List


    Fold-up ironing board

    Iron rest

    Hanging bar

    1x8 boards

    ¾-inch plywood

    1½-inch wood screws

    ¾-inch No. 10 screws

    2 cabinet hinges

    Cabinet knob

    Spackling compound or wood putty