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How to Build Upper Kitchen Cabinets | House One | This Old House

Learn how to build upper kitchen cabinets that sit on top of existing stop cabinets to extend them to the ceiling.

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Cost: About $125 per 2-door upper box
Time: About 2 hours per box and frame
Difficulty: 3/5

We’re finally renovating our kitchen, and the first step is to raise the visual height of the room by eliminating the dead space above our short stock cabinets. To fill this space, I’m going to build a plywood box that’s slightly shorter than the gap so I can top it off with crown molding [].
I’m working with a company called Fast Cabinet Doors [] for the doors. I gave them my measurements, and they sent me beautifully made doors with holes already bored for the hinges [] and a routed opening for the glass.
Wood glue []
Wood filler []
¾-inch plywood [] to build the cabinet boxes
1 ¼-inch coarse thread pocket hole screws [] to assemble the cabinet box and face frames
1x2x8 boards [] to make the stiles and rails of the face frame
1x3x8 boards [] or sized to the width of lower cabinet rails
1x6x8 boards [] for the cabinet face frame
Crown molding [] to cover the gap between the cabinet boxes and ceiling
Cabinet doors []
Glass sized to fit cabinet door openings []

Drill/driver []
Pocket hole jig []
Table saw, [] or circular saw with a straightedge guide [
Bar clamps []

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