Hello and welcome to this Norbord My Cabinet
Guide video on how to assemble a 500 base carcass from the Cooke & Lewis range. It is
always advisable to assemble your unit on the cardboard that the unit came in. This
protects the side panel and the front edge of the unit when you are moving it around.
So take out your panels and look at them as you do so, that’s my left hand end panel.
Included in your pack is an assembly guide. This is the minimum tools required, the additional
fittings that are in your pack and the panels that come within your box. Please follow the
assembly guide carefully, because there is information in here that is very useful. As
will all the Cooke & Lewis cabinets, all the fittings have been pre-inserted. I don’t need
my shelf at the moment so I’m going to put that to one side. In your front rail there
is a groove. This groove should always be up when you put your rail into position. We
have a leg pack, a fittings pack, and because this 500 base unit can be used as an open
unit and it doesn’t require any hinges, there is a frame fixing pack as well. Lay your side
panels out with the grooves together. This gives you a right and a left hand side panel.
If you’re building this as a standard base unit, you will put your top rail into the
two holes that are drilled in your groove. If you’re making it into a sink unit you can
move your back rail down and insert it into the holes that are lower down. There is an
arrow on the CAM, when you tighten the CAM up you go clockwise for this, the arrow should
end up about 12 o clock. So at the moment it’s at 6 o clock, turn the CAM, and the arrow
ends up at about 12 o clock. When I tighten this CAM up, what it does is it pulls the
metal stud down, expanding the plastic around the outside, locking it very tight into position.
The good thing about that fitting is, if I need to undo it all I do is undo the CAM and
the metal comes back out, the plastic goes back in and you can re-use it. Okay – put
your back rail into position, tightening the CAMs as you go. Put your front rail into position,
the CAM comes towards the front of the unit and this groove should always be up towards
the top of the unit. Now I’m going to put my base into position, ensuring that the groove
is in line with the groove in my side panel. Tighten the CAMs up. If you are using this
as a sink unit and you have moved your back rail down into their holes in your groove,
don’t forget you will also need to cut your back panel down to correspond. Taking your
second side panel, place it on your unit like this. That’s your base unit assembled, in
this fittings pack are other pieces that you require to complete your unit and I’ll show
you where they go now. The additional fixings that come with your Cooke & Lewis units are
shelf pegs, angle brackets, work surface fixing blocks, joining bolts, 15mm screws, 8mm silver
cover caps and 5mm silver cover caps. To fix your units together, you use joining bolts.
You drill a 5mm hole through both side panels, you insert the female part in first and then
using the male part put it in and you tighten them up. The rear work surface fixing block
goes in here, the centre of the three remaining holes. When it is time to fix your work surface
down, a screw has been provided for this. Silver cover caps are provided for all unused
holes. This is an 8mm one, and there are four. That fills in all the unused 8mm holes. 5mm
covers are provided for all unused 5mm holes, and when you’re happy that your unit is complete,
you can put them in, tap it in to position, and that then hides all the holes. Just to
show you what it looks like completed. To fix your units to the wall, L-brackets have
been provided. They go at the top of the unit. As a tip, if you put them at a slight down
angle it’ll make it easier for you to get a screwdriver in there when you need to tighten
them up. You just mark around this, taking your drill, drill a pilot hole and then using
one of the 15mm screws provided fix it into position. Repeat for the other side if you’ve
only got one unit. In each standard base unit there is one shelf. Four shelf pegs have been
provided, push them in like this. If you put them in the wrong hole, like that, just take
a screwdriver, turn them anti-clockwise and they come out. Repeat for the other side.
I’m now going to insert my shelf, put it in like this. Now this particular unit, the shelf
is fixed but still adjustable. To fix it once it is in position you tap it down, that makes
that shelf very very strong. If you need to move your shelf, or take it out for any reason,
just tap it up – like that. Push the shelf stud in and then turn anticlockwise and it
comes out. In your leg pack you will either have two, four, five or seven legs, depending
on which unit you have. So you position your leg boss with this part over the side panel
– like that. Repeat for the other legs. When you’ve got them positioned correctly, take
a hammer and you knock this centre post in. In doing that it actually stops the leg boss
from pulling out. I’ve got my leg boss positioned with the lug over the side panel, I’m now
going to drill three holes. Don’t push too hard in case you go through our base panel.
And then repeat for the other legs and put the screws in. The screws are the 15mm that
come with your pack.Your legs come preset at 150mm which is the height from the underside
of your unit to the floor, on this little lug here. There. Press down on the legs and
push them in until they stop, if you’re not sure it’s gone all the way down, taking your
hammer and using the rubber part of the hammer just tap it down. Make sure that the leg is
on the little lug. Repeat for the other legs. Your leg pack also contains plinth clips.
What you need to do is break them apart like that, slide them together, and then for safekeeping
if you clip them to the front legs of your unit you’ll always know where they are when
you need to fit your plinths. Your angle bracket goes at the top here, as a tip if you angle
it down slightly you can actually get a screwdriver and a drill in there for fixing it to the
wall. So I’m now going to mark that and then drill it. When you’re drilling don’t push
too hard in case you go through and never put your hand behind like this. As I said
you can get a screwdriver in there to fix it to the wall.