Step 2: Make the face frame

Make the face frame when building a jelly cupboard
Illustration Gregory Nemec
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To create the feet on the front panel, measure and mark a rectangle, 3¼ by 11 inches, centered at one end. Trace the curve of a 1-quart paint can to round off the corners, then cut the line with a jigsaw. At the opposite end, draw a straight line across the panel 2 inches down from the top. Mark spots 4 inches in from each side on that line and 1½ inches above the line's midpoint. Use the curved edge of a 1-gallon paint can to connect the marks and trace the curve above the line. Follow the curved line with a jigsaw to cut out the top piece of the face frame. Then use a straightedge and a circular saw to rip 2-inch strips off both sides of the remaining piece, creating the sides of the face frame and the cabinet door.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • pencil
      Pencil
    • spring clamp
      Clamp
    • straight edge
      Straightedge
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic brad nailer
    • air compressor
      Air compressor
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • 1-quart paint can
    • 1-gallon paint can
    • shims
      Corrugated cardboard or shims
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 1/8-inch bit with combination countersink
      -inch combination countersink bit
    • 1/8-inch twist bit
      -inch drill bit
    • sandpaper
      220-grit sandpaper
    • 2½-inch sash brush

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch by 18-inch edge-glued-pine panels Get two 6-footers.

    ¼-inch pine plywood Get one 2-by-4-foot sheet.

    1 ¼-inch brad nails

    No. 8 1¼-inch wood screws

    Cabinet knob

    Surface cabinet hinges Get two.

    Wood glue

    Wood filler

    Paint