All-Purpose Kitchen Cabinet

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Build attractive storage for small appliances, bowls, and serving pieces.

Designer: Craig Bentzley 

Overall dimensions: 45"w × 191⁄4"d × 36"h

Stores and catalogs are chock-full of home storage options, but the best-fitting solution is one you build. Sporting sawtooth shelf supports and full-extension drawer slides, this piece will stand up to anything you can stack in or on it. For the cost of some wood, hardware, and a few free weekends, you can make this sturdy cabinet and learn a few tricks along the way. While it may look like a serious woodworking project, strip it down to its bones, and you’ll see that it’s just a box–well within the reach of most woodworkers. Plywood and pockethole screws simplify construction and speed up assembly. Solid wood trim strips and full-overlay doors conceal the box’s humble beginnings and help hide any minor mistakes. You can also customize the straightforward design to suit your needs. For example, you can build the wood-edged plywood top shown here, or step up to granite, as shown in the photo on page 2. For stone-buying tips, see “Going with Granite”, page 46. By altering the trim or adjusting the dimensions this project can serve as a bathroom vanity or office workstation.

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