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How can I make precise corner or notch cuts on the edge of a board?

I presume it's obvious but I'll say it anyway, accurate layout and marking on the wood is an all-important first step. I have used my jigsaw or chisel for similar cuts on other projects. While I ...
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Making removable marks on walls for e.g. cabinet installation

When I don't want to make messy marks, it's blue painter's tape all the way. (There are various options, in terms of how long you can leave it on. Just remember to peel it in time.)
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Router bit used for this profile?

I don't know the name of that bit profile but it's possible the cut is done using just a portion of a bit, e.g the highlighted portion here: Source: Rockler tambour bit set. Edit: thanks to the ...
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Connecting the MDF corners, so there's no gap

The other answers are great from a technical standpoint, but they overlook the much simpler solutions which are actually used on mass-produced arcade cabinets. If you look at commercially-produced ...
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Gerstner tool box drawer action

I also do not own one of these. However, Gerstner offers a DIY tool chest build kit, with video instructions. I am presuming their DIY kits are constructed similarly to their pre-built chests. There ...
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Connecting the MDF corners, so there's no gap

It sounds like you want a mitered corner. You will want to find the overall angle of the piece in relation to the vertical one. Just a guess but it looks like it is 15-20 degrees above horizontal ...
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How do I size and select wood for French cleats?

I composed my initial Answer based on how the Q was initially posted, as it has been revised this will feature a blend of quotes from the original and the current wording..... because I CBA to ...
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What structures can I use for a custom plywood drawer cabinet underneath a concrete table backing onto a brick wall

I'd just build a small, free standing cabinet that fits into the space. At some point you will need access to the stuff in back, and it will be a lot easier for future you if it is just something you ...
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How can I design a large speaker cabinet to come together square and true when my panels aren't flat and my boards aren't straight?

In my view this is a question of "Do I control my materials or do they control me". Your concern that your warped pieces may not meet well is valid. Every project should begin with a plan for what you ...
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Where do I put the standards for adjustable shelves?

There are no set distances for shelf standards, the reason being that how close together you want or need them to be depends on various factors, including: Shelf material Shelf thickness The expected ...
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90 degree soft close lid support for 80lb lid?

A commercial grade door closer might do the trick. A door closer can be set with a limit to prevent the door from opening too far, and can close the door once triggered. It gets its power when the ...
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How to separate wood I glued together

This is going to be tricky, since glue joints are stronger than the wood. So be prepared for at least some breakage to occur. If you can get to work immediately there's a chance of working on the glue ...
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What is a good choice for wood to build painted vanity cabinet doors?

You can use anything, pretty much. I mean you wouldn't want to use balsa but anything you'd typically find for sale in a lumber yard that you might consider making furniture from — including pine and ...
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What is a good choice for wood to build painted vanity cabinet doors?

Since you intend to paint it you can use whatever is cheapest. The caveat is the cheaper stuff is usually the softest (e.g pine, poplar, etc.) and isn't necessarily the pretty stuff. Although it's a ...
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How to fix a twisted cabinet door

Note: this Answer is predicated on the door being unfinished. As it has now been revealed that the door has stain and poly on it some of the tips don't apply but I'm leaving it as-is for future ...
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Gerstner tool box drawer action

Forward: I don't own one of these chests, authentic or otherwise. Chests of this style are certainly a marvel of tolerance for their design. Looking at an image of one (presumably authentic) you can ...
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What part of a cabinet is the "carcass"?

I agree with keshlam, but I want to share other info on the other aspects of your question. The carcass is the main framework, or body, of the object. It is what remains after you strip all coverings,...
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Do full overlay hinges come in different sizes for different frame thicknesses?

We are dealing with two different measurements here, frame width and frame thickness. I'm not entirely sure which you are referring to, so I'll cover both. Also, you can reference this useful page: ...
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How do I remove a liquid deglosser from my cabinet doors?

You are now in the process of removing the old finish which is exactly what you were attempting to avoid by employing the liquid sander/deglosser.. The manufacturers of the deglosser (note it is ...
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Joining MDF - Pocket holes vs dowels

I would definitely recommend the dowels. The greatest stresses will be in tension trying to pull the boards apart and breaking the connection of the screw or dowel with the boards. Both the dowel and ...
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Exterior Plywood that looks relatively nice

Converting my Comments above into an Answer as per a request. I was told (Baltic) Birch, but I assume that would need to be sealed. Although it's not sold to be used outdoors, if there'd be no ...
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Side effects of varying door and frame thickness

Are there any side effects to having the doors thicker than the frame? No. To generalize this question consider three cases: • Doors thinner than frame. • Doors and frame are the same thickness. • ...
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Surface mounted hinge for 45 degree corner cabinet

Wow, that took me some time to understand the issue you were facing. A surface mount hinge is what you want, you just want to specify a cabinet surface mount hinge such as this one: Source: link above....
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Gerstner tool box drawer action

It appears from the picture provided by Matt that Gerstner simply used "side-hung" drawers. Here's an illustration showing the basics of the mechanics: [Source: Hoosier cabinet plans] So presumably ...
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Easy but tough shelving finish

But as I'm getting nearer that step, I'm dreading the extended painting effort.... I'll end up going through more than 20 clean-up cycles with my brushes. Two big tips can help here: don't clean your ...
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Connecting the MDF corners, so there's no gap

Welcome to Wood Working Stack exchange. I would get a table saw for this cutting. It will allow you to cut any angle from 0* (90*) to 45*. You need to find the angle(s) in which you have to cut. It is ...
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Adding Stacked Cabinets to Existing Frameless Cabinets

What I believe what your cabinet-maker is getting at is that most stacked European-style cabinets (like you have, with no visible face frames) are incorporated into the same carcass as the lower-...
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How can I make precise corner or notch cuts on the edge of a board?

You can chisel out the rounded inside edge after you route the shallow notch. Or you can route from the edge rather than the front. Stand the board on edge and then use a straight bit from the top. ...
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