In this video, we join This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert on a house call as he helps a homeowner with a basic problem. The two work together to install hardware on builder-grade cabinets for a major upgrade.
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Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner with upgrading their kitchen cabinet hardware. While the cabinets themselves are nice, the homeowner dislikes the lack of hardware. Nathan shows the homeowner several jig options before explaining how they’ll tackle the job. With a drill and a few jigs in hand, the two set to work installing hardware and giving those kitchen cabinets a serious facelift.
Builder-grade cabinets are a great option for folks looking to install affordable cabinets without long lead times. However, they often come without hardware and look quite basic. Carpenter Nathan Gilbert shows a homeowner how to upgrade his basic cabinets by installing hardware with a few basic tools and techniques.
Time: 2 hours
Cost: Around $200, depending on the hardware
Where to find it?
For both the cabinet doors and drawers, Nathan installed the Brightened Opulence Matte Black Drawer Pulls [https://bit.ly/3FHcKW2] in two sizes, which are manufactured by Liberty Hardware [https://www.libertyhardware.com/]. The hardware came with mounting screws, though Nathan opted to use longer screws on the drawer faces because they were thicker than the cabinet doors.
For any cabinet hardware installation, Nathan highly recommends using a jig to keep the hardware lined up consistently. He mentioned the Cabinet Hardware Jig ORIGINAL [https://bit.ly/3PFPXi7], which is manufactured by True Position Tools [https://truepositiontools.com/]. For the actual install project, he used a combination of a KHI-PULL Cabinet Hardware Jig [https://bit.ly/3FHd86W], which is made by Kreg Tools [https://www.kregtool.com/home], and a DIY jig that Nathan made out of scrap, 1-by plywood [https://bit.ly/3W8OcfS], wood glue [https://amzn.to/3Wxz0sa], and finish nails [https://amzn.to/3V9H8OA], which are materials that can all be found at home centers.
To drill the holes in the cabinet doors and drawers, Nathan used a Festool [https://www.festoolusa.com/] Cordless Drill CSX [https://bit.ly/3Yzbihe], and to tighten the hardware screws, he used a 20V MAX Lithium Ion 3/8” Right Angle Drill Driver [https://bit.ly/3PFQKQ6] manufactured by DeWalt [https://www.dewalt.com/].
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