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Over 50 HD Tutorial Videos

11+ Hours of Video Instruction

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Course Topics Include

Gearing Up and Getting Ready

  • Essential Power Tools
  • Optional Power Tools
  • Building with Minimal Tooling
  • Buying Used Power Tools
  • Setting Up a Workshop

Cabinet Building Basics

  • Frameless and Faceframe Cabinets
  • Cabinet Joints and Joinery
  • Doors
  • Drawers and Shelves
  • Decorative and Hidden Hinges

Cabinet Planning

  • Key Cabinet Dimensions
  • Free Cabinet Planning Software
  • Premium Software Walk-Thru
  • Kitchen and Cabinet Layouts
  • Deconstructing Magazine Cabinets


  • Plywood and Hardwood Basics
  • Prefinished Products
  • Painting vs Staining
  • Cutting Plywood
  • Preparing Rough Cut Hardwood

First Cabinet Build

  • Construction of Frameless Cabinets
  • Building with Pocket Screws
  • Making Simple Shaker Doors
  • Adding Hidden Hinges
  • Cabinet Assembly Techniques

Second Cabinet Build

  • Faceframe Cherry Cabinets
  • Building with Grooves and Dados
  • Building Faceframes
  • Fitting Inset Doors
  • Visible Hinge Installation Techniques


  • Sanding
  • Painting with Lacquer
  • Conditioning and Staining
  • Brush Painting Cabinets
  • Installation Approaches

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Hi, I'm John Gerard. I'm a full-time engineer and a home improver in my spare time.

I've written for, regularly contribute to, have my own home improvement blog and an active YouTube Channel.

A few years ago, I built the kitchen cabinets in my first home and saved thousands. In our current home, I designed and built custom office cabinets, a media console, multiple built-ins and many other projects.

Building your own custom cabinets and built-ins isn't as hard as you think. If you're a little bit handy, I can teach you how to build your own cabinets, shelving or built-ins so you can save money and customize your home they way you like it.

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