Step 3: Install the front

Install the front when building a jelly cupboard
Illustration Gregory Nemec
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Lay the box on its back, and glue and nail the top and sides of the face frame to the front. Use cardboard or shims to center the door. Install the hinges and knob. To install the latch, use a -inch combination countersink bit to drill through the latch and into the face frame, then loosely screw the piece in place with a 1¼-inch wood screw. Fill any nail holes with wood filler and smooth rough spots with 220-grit sandpaper before painting the cupboard.
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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