Video: Joining to an Angled Corner Cabinet

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Angled cabinets likes this can create a nice effect in a kitchen. And I recommend you look into it, but you need to be sure that the joint between the angled cabinet and the straight cabinet is very well constructed. If it’s not, it will begin to pull apart over the years. Let me show you how to do it right.

Normally the way these modular, factory-built cabinets are joined together is to clamp the face frames together, and then we pass a screw from one face frame into the other. So, we’re screwing the face frames together. We don’t want to screw into the inside walls of the cabinets.

You’ll see that joining angled cabinets is trickier. We’re going to look up under the joint where the cabinets meet. Our options:

We could start a screw on the right and send it through the adjoining face frame but that would probably cause this little section [see circle on video] to crack.

We could try to shoot the screw at an angle so that it would pass from the left corner, passing through, and just missing that [see video]. But that is problematic because you might break out the front.

Now we’re looking around the back of this face frame [see video]. Step 1 – Using the nice, sharp point of a butterfly bit, we’re going to create a pilot hole back 1/2″ or 3/4″ from that turn of the face frame. This is on the inside of the cabinet. Now we’re going to send a screw in and through, but not all the way through. You’ll notice I’ve left a good bit of the head of the screw out of the wood. The reason for that is it’s still not biting a huge amount of that solid wood. If you keep pushing in, it’s going to split the wood apart. If you can get 3 screws in, bottom, top, and middle, to join these 2 cabinets, you should have a joint that will last a lifetime.