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Assembly Instructions for Inset Cabinets - Directions

Assembly instructions for Inset Cabinets - Directions

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The Inset Style we offer is a Semi-Custom Grade of cabinet. They are available in 3" increments to allow you to design with minimal use of fillers.

  1. Assembling RTA cabinets is not difficult. It takes 30-60 minutes for experienced individuals and up to two hours for a novice to assemble a single (large pantry or spice rack) cabinet. The standard kitchen will take 8-12 hours to assemble.
  2. It is best to assemble one cabinet at a time, starting with a wall cabinet to become familiar with the hardware. The drawer hardware and larger assembly will take the most time.
  3. Take steps to ensure the painted finish is not damaged or scratched during assembly. Work in a space that provides enough room to move without banging into face frames and doors/drawer fronts. Have a clean working space with a flat surface without screws or items that may scratch the cabinet finish. Keep all hardware together to avoid lost screws or other hardware that may make assembly difficult and cause scratches. Place a moving blanket or other soft material on the ground/table top when placing the finish to prevent scratching.
  4. When unboxing, take great care not to scratch the finish. Assembly and installation is the most likely time to damage the finish.
  5. Set finished (painted) pieces aside in a safe spot and work on one cabinet at a time. It is good to set the painted finish materials into the (emptied) cabinet box until needed.
  6. Identify each item: the sides are plywood grooves, base cabinet sides have toe kick cutouts,

       Birch plywood wall cabinet sides.

Wall cabinet sides

  Cabinet sides and bottom

  Base cabinet sides with toe kick cut out

  1. and the back is an engineered panel. All grooves cut into plywood panels face the cabinet interior. The bottom (and top if applicable) of the cabinet and toe kick plate (base cabinets), drawer box, bottom, and hardware.
  2. Cam locks have two pieces: the screw and cam. Insert all cam screw pieces into preset bases.
  3.     

    Cam screw cabinet assembly.

    Install all cam screws

      Properly seated cam screw

    Properly seated cam screw 

  4. It may be best to install all cam screws before starting any assembly.
  5. Put one side and back together. Insert screw into receiver hole, insert cam with tiny arrow pointing towards screw and turn till hand tight with tiny arrow pointing away from the screw when cam rotates 180 degrees. Hand tight is a good connection.
  6.       Installing cam screws

     Insert lock screw with arrow towards screw.

     

    Locked cam

    Locked cam position

  7. Put on the second side.
  8. Insert cabinet bottom and top. Stand the cabinet on its back.
  9. Install the face frame cam screws carefully. Do not allow the face frame to slide around during this step to prevent scratching. Turn the face frame with screws to insert onto the cabinet. It may take a little maneuvering to get all of the screws into the holes. Tap gently to get the face frame flush against the plywood cabinet. Insert the and tighten cam locks onto the cam screws.
  10.       Installing face frame

    Face frame cam screws into cabinet

       Face frame cam screws into cabinet. 

    Face frame cam screws into cabinet

  11. If your cabinet has a drawer, identify drawer parts, sides, glides, and boots. Drawer boots (go onto the back wall of the cabinet) can be installed now. The sliding part of the plastic boot is the bottom side. Apply glue liberally to dovetails. Tap together to form a u shape (3 sides). Slide the drawer bottom into the u shape of the drawer. Affix the fourth side. Clean up any excess glue. Apply the catch drawer mechanism to the bottom front of the drawer box with multiple screws. Make sure to install flat.
  12. Installation of drawer glides: Identify left and right metal drawer glides. Insert the metal glide into the boot at the back of the cabinet at the sliding receiver. Screw the front of the glide to be flush with the middle of the face frame. The glide connects to the inner piece of wood. Drawer height adjusts with orange turn screws on the underside of each drawer. Use this wheel to adjust the elevation to make gaps equal on completion. Gently lift the drawer and turn the screw to adjust the height. Slide the glide out if the cabinet. Place the drawer onto the glide. You will see a receiver hole at the back of the drawer that hooks into the glide. Hold the glide on one side and slide the drawer towards the back of the cabinet without the glide moving. The drawer catch will click when secure. Repeat glide/catch connection for the second side. (A few cabinets do not have the soft-close glide: spice rack, trash pull-out).
  13. For pull-out trash can and spice rack, it will require using two equal-height guides to install the glides. Use a 2x4 or other thick material to provide a level guide to attach the glide backside to the cabinet back interior and the front stop frame.
  14. Once all the cabinets have been assembled and installed, you can add any finishing touches such as molding or trim. This step is optional but can enhance the overall look of your cabinets. Finally, step back and admire your handiwork! Your new cabinets are now ready to be used and enjoyed for years to come.
  15. Some additional tips to keep in mind:
    • As you assemble the cabinets, periodically check for squareness and adjust as needed to ensure that the final result is straight and level.
    • Take your time with the drawer assembly, as this can be one of the most time-consuming parts of the process.
    • When installing the cabinets, use shims as needed to ensure that they are level and secure.
    • Be sure to follow all safety precautions when working with power tools and sharp objects.
    • If you have any questions or concerns during the assembly process, don't hesitate to consult the manufacturer's instructions or contact customer support for assistance.

Assembling your RTA cabinets is not difficult. A single cabinet can be assembled in 30-60 minutes if experienced up to two hours for a novice. The standard kitchen will take a full 8-12 hours to assemble.

It is best if only one cabinet is assembled at a time. To become familiar with the hardware you can start with a wall cabinet first. The drawer hardware and assembly will take the most time.

The painted finish is of good quality and durable. Steps should be taken to ensure they are not damaged or scratched during assembly.

  • Work in enough space that you are not banging into cabinets
  • Have a clean working space. You should have a flat space to work without any screws or items that would scratch the cabinet finish.
  • Keep close tabs on all hardware. Lost screws or other hardware will make it difficult to accomplish the assembly and may cause scratches.
  • Lay a moving blanket or other soft material if placing finish on ground to help prevent scratching.

 Assembly Instructions for Inset Kitchen Cabinets

1) When unboxing take great care not to scratch the finish. Assembly and installation is the most likely time to damage the finish.


2) Set finished (painted) pieces to side in safe spot. Work on one cabinet at a time.

Face Frame and Cabinet Door

3) Identify each item.
Sides are plywood with toe kick cutouts.
Back is an engineered panel.

Back Panel

All grooves cut into plywood panels face the cabinet interior.
Bottom (and top if applicable) of cabinet and toe kick plate (base cabinets).Drawer box, bottom and hardware.

4) Cam locks have two pieces. The screw and cam.

Cam Screw

Cam Lock

Insert all cam screw pieces into preset bases.
It may be best to install all cam screws before starting any assembly.

5) Put one side and back together. Insert screw into receiver hole, insert cam with tiny arrow pointing towards screw and turn till hand tight with tiny arrow pointing away from the screw when cam rotates 180 degrees. Hand tight is a good connection.

 


6) Put on second side.


7) Insert cabinet bottom and top.  Stand cabinet on its bottom.

8) Install Face frame and tighten cam screws.

If your cabinet does not have a drawer go to step 12.


9) Identify drawer parts, sides, glides and boots.
Drawer boots ( go onto back wall of cabinet) can be installed now. Sliding part of plastic boot is bottom side.

Apply glue liberally to dovetails. Tap together to form a u shape (3 sides). Slide drawer bottom into u shape of drawer. Affix fourth side. Clean up any excess glue. Apply catch drawer mechanism to bottom front of drawer box with multiple screws. Make sure to install flat.

 

 

10) Installation of drawer glides...
Identify left and right metal drawer glide.
Insert metal glide into boot at back of cabinet at sliding receiver.
Screw front of glide to be flush with middle of face frame. (Face frame is comprised of two pieces of wood.) Glide connects to inner piece of wood.
 

 

Drawer height adjusts with Orange turn screws on the underside of each drawer.  Use this wheel to adjust elevation to make gaps equal on completion. Gently lift the drawer and turn the screw to adjust height.

Slide glide out if cabinet. Place drawer onto glide. You will see a receiver hole at back of drawer that hooks into glide. Hold glide on one side and slide drawer towards back of cabinet without glide moving. Drawer catch will click when secure. Repeat glide / catch connection for second side. 

(A few cabinets for not have the soft close glide. Spice rack)

 

11) For pull out spice rack it will require using two equal height guides to install the glides. Use a 2x4 or other thick material to place under the glides. 

Place the the rear "boot" onto the glide. Hold the glide with boot attached on each side of the assembled cabinet. Place the 2x4 (12-20" long) onto the interior bottom. With the boot at the backwall you will attach the boot then the front of the glide to the side of the interior face frame. 

Measure the height of the installed glide from the interior bottom. Subtract 5/8" from this measurement. Measure up on the shelf pullout to find attachment height. Remove part of glide to attach ro side of shelf. 

Install into cabinet. 

It may be necessary to adjust glide height on side to get correct receal around door.

 Lazy Susan spinning plate installation- attach the bottom spinning plate to a 6" board (not supplied). Attach the lazy Susan tray to the bottom spinning plate. Install assembly into bottom shelf of cabinet.

Upper shelf is attached to middle support assembly (3 pieces supplied with 2 cleats). Attach the small wood cleats with supplied screws to back and side to support the wood shelf assembly. Slide assembly over cleat and secure with screws.


12) Install cabinet toe kick (base cabinets).


13) Install hinges onto door. Single door cabinets can open left or right. Use a piece of cardboard on top and bottom of door to locate the best hinge location. Install screw into the center of the slide slot of the hinge.

 

 

Install door bumpers and shelf pegs/clips.

 

Bumpers, Pegs and Screws.


15) Install corner brackets to keep cabinet "square".


16) Adjust hinges and drawers for consistent gaps using adjustment screws. It will take several attempts to understand how the adjustment screws move the doors within the inset frame. It may be necessary to adjust he height of the door by loosening the hinge screws, adjust height and retighten.

Two adjustment screws enable you to finely tune spacing in each direction at each hinge. Raise or lower the cabinet door by loosening and moving hinge attachment.

Please feel free to call with any questions regarding the cabinet assembly.

 

 

Assembly Instructions for Base Cabinet

Assembly Instructions for Pantry Cabinets

Assembly Instructions for Vanity Drawer Cabinet and Kitchen Base Drawer Cabinet

Assembly Instructions for Vanity Desk Drawer

 Assembly Directions for Wall Cabinet

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