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Apartment Renovation Ep.5 / Installing the Kitchen Cabinets

I’ve finished installing the kitchen I made in my workshop a few days ago. I believe I’ve achieved a pretty good result if we take into account that I built it with only a few hand tools. I used waterproof MDF with a matte white lacquer finish. The inside of the drawers is birch plywood. I’ve used an oak laminate countertop, which I found at a good price in a carpentry store. It has pieces of oak in all shades, giving it a unique look. I needed solid wood because I installed the sink below the countertop, meaning the edge is visible. There is a little protrusion in this corner because of the stair landing that I covered with laminate flooring, but this way we can cover it so it’s barely perceptible. Installing this kind of kitchen is relatively easy. I’ll start with the corner cabinet. First I turn it on its side to attach its adjustable legs, and preadjust their height. I put it in its emplacement and make sure it’s at the desired height and it’s level. The adjustable legs make this step so much easier. Now I’ll keep installing the rest of the cabinets in the same way, starting with the sink. I fasten them together with clamps, make sure they’re still level, and screw them together. We must try to put the screws in places where they’re not too visible. Now I’ll install the cooktop & oven cabinet. And now the drawer cabinet. There is a junction box here, so I’ll mark its position on the back of the cabinet to cut it off so that the junction box is accessible. Once cut, I install the cabinet like before and fasten the lid of the junction box to the back of the cabinet. This cabinet will go on the other corner of the kitchen. Because of the unevenness by the stairs, I can only use two legs; on the other end I’ll screw the cabinet to the wall. I make sure it’s level and aligned with the rest of the cabinets, and that I’ve left a big enough gap for the dishwasher. It’s time to cut the oak countertop. I measure the length of the first part. There is an uneven section on the wall behind it, about 5mm over 30 cms, making it 10mm in total if we take into account the total depth of the countertop. First I’ll cut it down to the desired depth, since it’s a little larger than necessary. I’ll use the circular saw and its parallel guide. Now I’ll mark the tilted part and machine it with the planer. Finally, I cut it at the necessary length. I put it in its place and make sure everything is correct. Now I mark the other part of the countertop. I put it in place and use a ruler to mark the cut for the joint with the other part. I cut it and put it in its place again to mark the length of the part. I mark again and check whether it’s correct. This kind of countertop has a bevel on the front which will leave a groove when joining the two pieces, so I mark the depth and cut the bevel with the help of a ruler and a chisel. Now I’ll machine the joint between the pieces. I’ll use biscuits and on the bottom I’ll make some holes to place half moon nuts. This way the bond will be firm and level. I put the countertop on the cabinets again to mark and cut the holes for the sink and cooktop. I’ll start with the sink. I’ve bought one that goes underneath the countertop, so the edge of the countertop will be visible. I mark its position and drill a hole with a bit so that I can insert the jig saw. I cut it with the jigsaw 2 millimeters away from the mark and finish the job later with a plunge router. I’ll also put in the brackets that lock the sink in place. This way I can use the sink itself as a guide for routing. I mark the position of the brackets, drill holes and attach the threaded inserts. I install the sink and prepare the router. I’ll use a flush trim router bit, which comes with a bearing that will run along the entire surface of the sink, leaving the wood aligned with the side of the sink. I taped over the sink with masking tape to avoid damaging it. Since oak wood is quite hard, a more powerful router would be ideal, but little by little, making a few shallow runs, I can remove all of the wood. Now would be a good time to sand the edge and bottom of the countertop. Before that I’ll apply some pure linseed oil on the underside of the countertop. I put the countertop back on the cabinets, make sure it’s square and screw it to the cabinets from below. I’ll cut a hole for the cooktop in the other piece. Since this edge won’t be visible, the process is quite simple. I install the second countertop part in the same way, and fasten the half-moon nuts’ screws. I measure and cut a hole for the faucet with a hole saw. It’s time to fit the edging strip. I’ll be using this oak casing I had in my shop. First I’ll cut it down to size in my portable workshop, and then I’ll cut it at an angle with the slide miter saw. Once adjusted, I glue it in with anchoring adhesive. Now I’m going to finish the top side of the countertop. First I adjust the joint between the countertops with a card scraper. Then I’ll sand the entire surface with P80, P120, and finally P220 grit. I spread some pure linseed oil over the entire surface. It’s amazing how the color of the oak wood changes with just a little oil. I’ll also fit this filler strip on the corner of the kitchen. I check its measurements at several points and cut it in the portable workshop. On the back I’ll fasten a leftover piece of MDF from cutting the filler strip itself, which I can use to screw it to the kitchen cabinet. On the bottom of the kitchen I’ll fit a white lacquer plinth. After measuring it, I cut it with a sliding miter saw. I’ll use plastic brackets to lock it onto the cabinets’ legs. I’ll also seal the gap between the countertop and the tile with silicone. I’ll use an old trick which involves applying masking tape and rubbing it with a finger covered in soapy water. Now I can install the doors and drawers, along with their handles. I made a template to make this operation easier. The last step is to fit all the appliances. We only need to plug them in and put them in the appropriate gap. Only the extractor hood takes a little more work. I check its position and make a hole so I can put it up on the wall. I fasten the extraction tube and the kitchen is ready to be used!


Paoson WoodWorking

Jan 1, 2019, 3:54 pm Reply

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Jan 1, 2019, 6:50 pm Reply

Hey. You are engaged in arranging your home. In the workshop, everything is super. Now the house will be equipped.

Хой Хой

Jan 1, 2019, 6:54 pm Reply

очень здорово!

carney woodworks

Jan 1, 2019, 7:00 pm Reply

Beautiful job. Love what you did on the floor with that bump out.

TileCraft workshop

Jan 1, 2019, 7:01 pm Reply

Video is better than mine


Jan 1, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply


Josef Senti

Jan 1, 2019, 7:10 pm Reply

WOW!!! This came GREAT!!!

José Euceda

Jan 1, 2019, 7:20 pm Reply

As all your videos just perfect! Just a single question. With only linseed oil is the countertop waterproof?

raf vdp

Jan 1, 2019, 7:36 pm Reply

Very nice result and proof you don't need to spend thousands of euro's to get a beautifull kitchen. Well done !??

Enrique Hernández

Jan 1, 2019, 7:50 pm Reply

Muy buen trabajo. Gracias por subtitular. El acabado del fregadero me encanta.

Nico Smets

Jan 1, 2019, 7:51 pm Reply

Nice work


Jan 1, 2019, 7:57 pm Reply

Simple and beautifull result, brillant !

Nick Pantazis

Jan 1, 2019, 8:12 pm Reply

Great work. Thanks for sharing.

Stefano Zin

Jan 1, 2019, 8:42 pm Reply

Ben fatto il lavoro e belli i video, complimenti.

Nuno Andreia

Jan 1, 2019, 9:16 pm Reply

Voçe fez um trabalho espetacular,estou a terminar a cozinha da minha mae só nao consigo fazer uma boa lacaçao,comprimentos de Portugal,qual o seu pis Paoson?

Area Nv

Jan 1, 2019, 9:30 pm Reply

Красавчик ?

Abraham Farrell

Jan 1, 2019, 9:35 pm Reply

Wow. Made it look so simple.

Александр Ремизов

Jan 1, 2019, 9:47 pm Reply

Просто супер! Золотые руки.

Criart Tub

Jan 1, 2019, 9:57 pm Reply

Nice vídeo amigo

El Talleret

Jan 1, 2019, 10:07 pm Reply

Un trabajo perfectamente realizado. Con profesionalidad y pulcritud, un placer ver el video. Me ha dado unas cuantas ideas para aplicar en mi cocina que reformaré pronto.

Wahyu NP

Jan 1, 2019, 12:20 am Reply

Videonya bagus n sudah di lengkapi subtitle jadi saya bisa mudah memahami nya

Miguelanxo Rodríguez

Jan 1, 2019, 12:31 am Reply

Fantástico. Le pegas a todo, un crack. Lo mejor, los detalles ( p.e. cómo colocar la silicona correctamente); los rectificados, el manejo de herramientas. Gracias, un saludo


Jan 1, 2019, 12:59 am Reply

You are incredibly talented! Beautiful build

Jose Luis Gutierrez

Jan 1, 2019, 2:07 am Reply


marcelo403 polo

Jan 1, 2019, 2:52 am Reply

Good job.
Why in europe wood countertops in kitchens are so popular?

arnel delos reyes

Jan 1, 2019, 3:24 am Reply

Very professional….many thumbs up!!!!


Jan 1, 2019, 3:37 am Reply

It seems like those adjustable legs would make the job a lot more annoying imo

Morten Frederiksen

Jan 1, 2019, 5:16 am Reply

Super video 🙂

Ken Vincent

Jan 1, 2019, 5:51 am Reply

It might look easy, but I known the amount of work involved after just finishing a full kitchen install….

Иван Калита

Jan 1, 2019, 6:31 am Reply


Heavyboxes DIY Master

Jan 1, 2019, 6:54 am Reply

Stair landing? I'm confused. Can't you take it out?

Pietro Maker

Jan 1, 2019, 6:54 am Reply


Heavyboxes DIY Master

Jan 1, 2019, 6:57 am Reply

Wow! It's looks great and you did a very good quality job!


Jan 1, 2019, 6:57 am Reply

nice bild kitchen good project en succes with it

bachir bihoo

Jan 1, 2019, 8:00 am Reply

good work

Сергей Чикин

Jan 1, 2019, 8:42 am Reply

Amazing work!


Jan 1, 2019, 8:44 am Reply

Awesome result, man! Extremely good attention to detail. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and tips!

Raúl Abella

Jan 1, 2019, 9:17 am Reply

Un autentico maestro. Algunos trucos están verdaderamente bien, gracias por compartirlos


Jan 1, 2019, 10:08 am Reply

Te ha quedado genial??enhorabuena

Craftwerk 67

Jan 1, 2019, 10:19 am Reply

Well done! You did it in a workmanlike manner. I'm a professional kitchenplaner and authorized to judge! Only one tipp for your dishwasher installing: put a Strip of protective foil under the countertop ahead your dishwasher because rising damp. Also can't see that you did Silicone between the sink and the countertop but i think so! Top Job like a pro ?

I Enjoy Creating Videos

Jan 1, 2019, 10:45 am Reply

Nice work on the kitchen Suso! Thanks for sharing the video.??JP

Gabriel Valdez

Jan 1, 2019, 12:43 pm Reply

Te quedo hermosa la cocina, felicitaciones!

Woodworking Barcelona

Jan 1, 2019, 2:55 pm Reply

Thanks for share. I've learned a lot of tricks Suso.


Jan 1, 2019, 4:26 pm Reply

hello,Your first table saw
,What is the name of the wooden board used for the countertop?

Дмитрий Нескажуев

Jan 1, 2019, 4:34 pm Reply


Niels V

Jan 1, 2019, 5:59 pm Reply

Great work! and that water tap is awesome, could you share the name of it? Appears to be AquaSu? Thank you

Michael C

Jan 1, 2019, 6:22 pm Reply

Thanks for the router tip for installing an undermount sink.

candy holiday

Jan 1, 2019, 6:50 pm Reply

Отличная работа!

Ondrej Janovec

Jan 1, 2019, 9:05 pm Reply

Good job.

Manuel garcia franco

Jan 1, 2019, 10:16 pm Reply

????????. Saludos.


Jan 1, 2019, 4:29 am Reply

Grande trabalho, ficou lindo!!!
Great work. It was beautiful!!!

jose rodriguez

Jan 1, 2019, 3:05 pm Reply

hola! excelente trabajo!!
Te quería hacer una consulta…veo que la refundidora que usas puede con esa fresa (que es bastante considerable ) sin problemas, a pesar de que estas fresando el grueso entero de la encimera de una pasada y la máquina no es muy grande…te puedo preguntar marca/modelo de la router? Gracias
Buen trabajo!!


Jan 1, 2019, 3:17 pm Reply

Muy bien video, he aprendido 3 o 4 trucos! Por cierto, me gusta ese grifo! Dónde lo has comprado? Gracias

Marisa Aguilera

Jan 1, 2019, 4:28 am Reply

Who would 'Thumbs down' this video?
Please explain yourselves?

Cactus! workshop

Jan 1, 2019, 7:36 pm Reply

ese grifo es brujeria!! muy chulo todo!

Making HUERTAS Stuff

Jan 1, 2019, 10:00 pm Reply

Increíbles los ajustes. Muy buen trabajo, un saludo


Jan 1, 2019, 10:08 pm Reply

Very nice work.

oduncu kız

Jan 1, 2019, 6:29 pm Reply

I really enjoy watching you and really looking forward new videos. Best work.


Jan 1, 2019, 7:00 am Reply

你有推特号吗? 虽然我英语很差,但是都无法阻止我崇拜你。希望你多多制作视频。另外问一下这是你的房子吗?装修的非常漂亮。
Do you have a tweet? Although my English is very poor, I can't stop me from admiring you. I hope you can make more videos. Also ask if this is your house? The decoration is very beautiful.

Сидоров Кассир

Jan 1, 2019, 1:02 pm Reply

Great master. Thank You and good luck in Your work.

Erick 12890

Feb 2, 2019, 9:28 pm Reply

Hello, that model of cordless drill that you use. I saw that it was a bosh in other videos but I can not distinguish the model. I would appreciate it if you could inform me, thank you very much.


Feb 2, 2019, 10:37 am Reply

Looking forward to your new WoodWorking.

Elena Shevelyova

Feb 2, 2019, 2:14 pm Reply

практически , моя кухня. даже ручки такие же

António Nunes

Mar 3, 2019, 1:13 pm Reply

Olá, sigo-te há algum tempo, gosto muito do teu trabalho. O teu inglês melhorou muito. Parabéns. Por favor continua. Cumprimentos.

Froilan Santos

Mar 3, 2019, 2:43 pm Reply

".. Nicely done Senor Suso…!"

Dave Francis

Apr 4, 2019, 1:07 pm Reply

What was the brand of mixer Tap you used?… looks awesome.

Modestar Muziringa

Apr 4, 2019, 6:05 pm Reply

Very nice work. Well done !

john vincent dela cruz

Apr 4, 2019, 1:06 am Reply

Hi! Where did you get the flexible faucet?

luis lencina

Apr 4, 2019, 11:42 pm Reply

Que buen trabajo!!! exelente el detalle en la terminacion

Joaking Kong

Apr 4, 2019, 8:00 pm Reply

Magnífico trabajo!

Anouar Ag

May 5, 2019, 12:06 pm Reply

12:04 what's the measuring? what's that machine for?

Peter Koichev

Jun 6, 2019, 7:14 pm Reply

Great video !

Your kitchen size and layout are almost identical to mine

I have a few questions dough:

– Do you have any issues with wood coloring/swelling in the sink cutout? Is the linseed oil sufficient sealer for such place?

– I saw that the faucet is on the way of window opening – is this intentional?

Thank you !

My Views On Tech

Aug 8, 2019, 7:44 pm Reply

Very inspirational. Well executed and well done.

Peter Fox

Aug 8, 2019, 9:58 am Reply

Inspiring handywork!
Thank you for making this channel!

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