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[Music] Hey everybody, Brian here from The Cabinet Joint. While you're waiting for your cabinets to arrive, some people are always asking their sales rep, "Hey, what can I be doing in the meantime?" And one of the things we advocate, especially if you're doing a larger kitchen, maybe not for a few cabinets but certainly a larger kitchen, is an assembly table like I have before me here. Ours is 4x8, we're going to build a smaller one today. You don't need to do a full 4x8, but the materials list and the tools required are minimal. It'll take you about 45 minutes to make it, and it will get you up off the ground and working at your knees and kind of at a more uniform level when your cabinets arrive. So this is something you can be doing in the meantime while you're waiting for those boxes to show up.

So what I've got in front of me here is a 4x4, and some of this you might have scrap around the house. So look for a 4x4, and this is going to be your corner post. They're going to be 18 inches long. If you don't have a 4x4 but you've got some extra 2x4s, you can always strap two of those together to create a 4x4 post with some screws. The point is you want your corner post to be 18 inches long. That gets a typical box about waist height and allows you to work without bending over real far. You can always move to the floor for tall cabinets and other things. I've also got four 2x4s. Now, we're making our table 4 feet deep by 6 feet long because we're going to use it here in our showroom. If you want to do a 4x8, whatever your top size is, what's going to drive your 2x4s. I have four of them here. I'm going to do two cuts at 69 inches because my table's 72, and I'm going to make my cut 69 so my end caps, which is this 2x4, will be cut into 48-inchers. And those 48-inchers will go onto the ends of the 69s to create a 72-inch long by 48-inch wide box. And then I have another 2x4 here that's going to be 45-inch spreaders that go, you know, kind of a third, third, third. That gives the table in the middle some uniform support. So those go between my outside 2x4s.

So what I'm going to do now, oh, and then I've got my sheet of melamine. Let me talk about that real quick. If you've got a sheet of plywood kicking around, you can just use that. It doesn't have to be melamine. I like the melamine because it's smooth, glue wipes off of it real easy, things slide around real well. So you can get that at Lowe's, which is where I got mine. And then I've got my various assembly screws. I've got some 2 and 3/4 inch screws for holding the 2x4s together. I have some trim head screws, which we really like. They've got a real small head. I'm going to use those to hold my melamine down, and that way I don't have a big ugly screw head that might stand up and gouge my work surface. And then I have timber locks. I had these kicking around. You don't need them, you can just use 3-inch exterior screws or whatever you've got kicking around. These timber locks are really used for deck building, but I love them to lock those corners in. So I had them kicking around, I'm going to use them. They come with their own bit, it's like a little hex head bit, and these drive in two on each corner from each side. So four in each corner, and that will lock my legs in real good. So that's your materials list. You will need a chop saw of some sort, some way to cut these pieces into length. And if you're going to size this thing down from a 4x8 sheet, you're going to need a table saw to make your rips. I've got both those tools sitting outside, so I'm going to go off-camera, make all my cuts, and we'll come back and show you how this table goes together.


Alright, I've cut my parts here, all six of them. I've got my 48-inch outside, 69-inch inside. Two 45-inch center spreaders that will hold the weight of the top once we flip it over. And now, what I'm going to do is put these posts in. So, to secure the corners and these pieces, all I used was a 3-inch screw. Just an exterior screw would be fine, Philips head, don't get anything special. 3 inches is ideal. And I just did two screws at every contact point. And these end pieces are captured this way because we're going 48, the 69s go in between. So I just screwed together the corners so my frame is rigid. And now what I want to do is take these timber locks, not required, you want to just use 3-inch exterior screws you already have, that's fine. I had these timber locks kicking around, I love them for decks. But it's going to lock these posts in real sturdy because we're going to use this table over and over and over again. Yours is probably going to be used just for your kitchen. So whatever you got, use. I'm going to use timber locks, and what I'm going to do is do two here and two here, all the way around, through this ribbon into the post. And once we're done with that, we'll come back with the table flipped over and show you how the top goes down.

Okay, I got my corner posts on, and this thing's going nowhere, all locked in. So I'm not sure if the camera can see it, but I've got two of the timber locks in each corner, and all of my members, framing members, are packed together there with 3-inch exterior screws. So now, my buddy Nick is going to step on screen. Nick's our general manager, you might have spoken to him before, he's going to help me take our top, flip it up on, and the top was cut square so now we'll use the top to square the box. And all we're going to do is take these trim head screws, and I, again, I like these because they have such a small head, they're hardly even visible, we're just going to go through about every foot, we're going to T-staple it down on the edges and then across these two center partitions, and that'll lock this whole table in. So I'm going to go ahead and do that off-camera because that'll take a few minutes, and then we'll come back and show you the finished product.

Alright, we got our finished table, nice smooth melamine surface here, which I like because the glue just wipes right off of it, won't stick. But you're going to face this, if you can see the assembly table

below, you're going to face this with cardboard. And what we suggest is when your cabinets arrive, you're going to be swimming in cardboard. Just take some of that cardboard and tape it down, and then every few cabinets, if you're using that cardboard, you can peel it off if it gets glue on it. You're also going to be using the foam that a lot of your parts come wrapped in, your finished face frames and so forth, and that's the work surface. Your actual front frame will be touching when you tap your part together. So while I like this melamine surface, it's not always visible. So again, any MDF plywood, whatever you got kicking around. I'm going to tip this up a little bit, it weighs a bit, and hopefully, you can see we got some screws about every foot. The only ones I have not put on yet, and I'm not even sure they're necessary, are the ones going across my stringers. I might put a couple in that middle section. So this table's done, this is going to become our table for our showroom where we do videos. So this will get used over and over and over again. If you have any questions, you can always talk to your sales rep, they know how to build these tables as well. And if you haven't got tools, a lot of times you can rent them. Again, it's a table saw and a chop saw. And if you're using a full 4x8 sheet, you don't even need the table saw, just a chop saw to cut these parts to size. Again, if you have any questions, give us a call, 888-211-6482. Thanks for [Music] watching.

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