“How do I join wooden cabinets in solid oak kitchens?” Question of the Week 11.09.16
“How do I join wooden cabinets in solid oak kitchens?”
Our latest ‘Question of the Week’ was sent in by Robin in Shaftesbury. He is in the process of completing his DIY kitchen installation and would like to know how to join our wooden cabinets together.
“I’ve just received my oak cabinets; they were all pre-assembled before delivery, which is really handy and has left me feeling brave enough to install them myself (it’s great to be able to save on the cost of a fitter!). I may need a little advice before diving in, though! Please could you tell me how to join the cabinets together and achieve a professional-looking finish?”
Thank you for sending in your question – we are always happy to offer our advice when it comes to solid oak kitchens.
One fantastic attribute of our oak cabinets (and there are many to choose from!) is that they are very easy to join together, and no specialist tools are required. Follow these simple steps for a neat, professional finish:
First, you will need to adjust your base cabinets to the right height. Kitchen base cabinets are set at a height of 720mm as standard, which is the ideal height for accommodating a 150mm-high plinth underneath (however, customers with particularly tall or modest statures may wish to vary the height of their cabinets accordingly).
Use a spirit level to ensure that the cabinets are perfectly level; if you are placing your cabinets on an uneven floor surface, this may mean that a few of the legs will need adjusting.
Place your cabinets in position, ensuring that they are carefully aligned.
Clamp together two adjacent cabinets.
You will need a 3mm drill bit; use a piece of masking tape as a guide to mark 25mm along the bit.
Drill two pilot holes on the inside edge of the cabinet, one between each set of pre-drilled hinge holes, stopping when the masking tape on the drill bit is level with the oak panel. (These holes will pass through one 18mm panel entirely, and 7mm into the second panel.)
Join the two cabinets using two 25mm-long screws (which are provided in our Base Cabinet Fittings Pack).
Add cabinets one by one until all are joined as intended.
It is best to install cabinets side by side before attaching them to each other. To do this, follow the simple steps in our ‘How to Fit a Kitchen: Solid Wood Wall Cabinets’ guide.
Clamp adjacent cabinets together so that they do not move whilst drilling, and create pilot holes as described above.
Fix the two cabinets together using 25mm-long screws (which are provided in our Wall Cabinet Fittings Pack).
Please view our complete set of Online Assembly Instructions; these documents offer further details that will assist you in joining and installing all styles of cabinetry, including specialist cabinets and full-height cabinets.
If you require any further guidance, do not hesitate to get in touch for more information. We would like to see a picture of your kitchen once installed, too, so please feel free to share any photographs with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
The Team @ Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets
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