BUILDING A BASIC CUPBOARD
TIMBER FRAMEWORK FOR STORAGE UNITS
This project contains basic principles for building a frame for a basic
cupboard. It can be expanded on by using different designs, the struts can be
moved to accommodate shelves or simply left open plan. It will give you the
idea of building storage space onto your home and can even be adapted to
make a corner cupboard. The timber sizes can be changed and more struts
can be put in to ensure greater strength if you feel you need it. The structure
can be fixed to any wall, ceiling or floor using our guides to fixing. Check the
wall, floor and ceiling area for pipes and cables before you drill anything.
Tape measure, pencil, cross cut saw, tenon saw, carpenters square, bevel edge, adhesive,
power drill, wall plugs, electric screwdriver, countersink bit, masonry drill bits and hss drill bits,
spirit level, hammer, filler and applicator gun, screws, chisels, mortice gauge,
We suggest for this simple cupboard you use 50 x 50mm PSE timber. This
stands for Planed, Squared Edge and simply means prepared for joinery, as
opposed to the "sawn" state timber is in when it leaves the timber mill. It is
also called, in its prepared state, PAR which is Planed All Round.
With the number of different door designs available from kitchen and DIY
stores these days we suggest it may be a good idea for you to find the doors
(if you intend to have them) first. The frame can easily be built around the
door size and you will have guaranteed matching your existing decor.
We have deliberately not given any dimensions in the project. Even when
planed timber can vary by a mm or so and ceiling heights can vary
considerably. Measure your own timber and other dimensions carefully and
remember. Measure twice-Cut once.
Use a carpenters square to make all cuts. Neat joints are impossible without a
completely square face to begin with. Also if the timber is not square at the
end, a measurement to the other end will vary, depending on which side you