How to Build a Drop in Stove Cabinet

Ever wanted to build your drop-in stove cabinet but didn’t know where you could find plans? Well, look no further! This blog post will provide the necessary information on how to make a drop-in stove cabinet. Jordan Smith wrote this post of DIY Drop-in Stove Cabinet Plans who have created simple and easy-to-follow instructions for building your custom wood cabinet that can accommodate any size or style of stove.

How to Build a Drop in Stove Cabinet

It’s time to stop looking for someone else’s solution when you can create one yourself with these step-by-step instructions! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this project or would like to help plan it out. In this article, I’ll show you step-by-step instructions on how to build a drop in stove cabinet.

Tools That You Will Need for This Project

  1. Table Saw
  2. Miter Saw
  3. Drill Press
  4. Jigsaw
  5. Clamps
  6. Nail gun

7 Steps to Follow on How to Build a Drop in Stove Cabinet 

Step One: Purchase Your Materials

For this project, the materials you will need are four wood baseboards, two cabinet sides, one backboard, and a sheet of durable plywood flooring. Plywood is recommended because it can handle heat and moisture well while being inexpensive and easy to work with.

If the stove you want to build your cabinet around has a large lip on the bottom, you will need a sheet of plywood that is ½ inch less in width and length than your stove. Sometimes, if your stove has a lip measuring 5 inches from the back, you may have to purchase a 4×8 sheet to cut it down to fit.

Step Two: Find Your Stove

Before you build your cabinet, it is important to find the stove you will be building it around. Measure width, length, and depth of the stove.  Measure how far back from the front of the stovetop the stove extends in depth. You may need these measurements for step three when cutting out your baseboards.

Measure Width, Length, and Depth of the Stove

 Be sure to measure the width and depth of the opening through which the stove will enter. This should be large enough so you can fit your arms behind the stove to access its wires for turning the power on and off, checking temperature settings, etc. Again, you may want to check the stove’s manual for these exact measurements.

Step Three: Cut Baseboard and Cabinet Sides

Using a tape measure, mark the off-width and depth of your baseboard boards on the plywood sheet using a pencil. You will need four baseboards that are the same size as your marks. Make sure you cut out the baseboards in the corner of the plywood sheet, so you do not waste any wood.

Using your pencil marks on-length of your baseboards, draw straight lines across your plywood sheet on either side of your cut corners. These are guidelines on how to cut pieces for cabinet sides. Then, using a circular saw or miter saw, cut six pieces for cabinet sides. If you want to find out more about how to build a drop in stove cabinet, keep reading.

Step Four: Glue Baseboards and Cabinet Sides to Plywood Flooring

Apply Elmer’s Wood Glue along the top edge of your baseboard boards with a putty knife. Next, apply glue directly onto each baseboard piece facing downward with the putty knife. Then, apply enough glue onto the plywood sheet to ensure a strong bond.

Now, work on setting up a clamping system for gluing the baseboard and cabinet pieces together. A quick and easy method of doing this is using binder clips. Binder clips can be adjusted in size so they will fit around your wood pieces without obscuring glue joints or adding unnecessary bulk.

Step Five:  Cut Out Grooves for Baseboards

Cut out grooves to fit your baseboard boards onto the cabinet using a router, router table, or hand drill with a 1/8-inch bit. These grooves should be 3/8″ deep and 1/4″ below the top edge of your plywood sheet.

Make sure that the grooves are all identical and smooth. Next, you can use a chisel or sandpaper to smooth out the edges as needed. Now, you can test fit your baseboard onto the grooves to make sure that they fit well.

Step Six: Assemble the Stove Cabinet

You were using a drill, pre-drill pilot holes for screws in the baseboard and cabinet sides before you screw them together. Drive 3 to 5-inch deck screws into pilot holes. Now that the cabinet is assembled attach it to the top back of your stove’s frame by shimming under it with 1/8″ thick hard-board or sheet metal.

You Were Using a Drill

Attach it to the bottom back of your stove’s frame by driving 1″ screws through the baseboard and into the back of the stove. Make sure that your cabinet is not wider than your stovetop. To create a shelf inside your cabinet, cut a strip of plywood down to 12 inches wide and whatever length may be necessary for your needs.

Step Seven: Finishing Touches

Attach thin strips of plywood along the inside perimeter of your stovetop opening using construction adhesive and finishing nails. Then, cut pieces of cardboard or sheet metal to fit around the outside edges of the plywood shelf. These will serve as good guards to protect your walls and stovetop from heat. You can attach these with construction adhesive, screws, or finishing nails.

Now you can try fitting your stove into the opening and screwing it in place. If working with a drop-in range, you may want to check for level by using an adjustable torpedo level or even a standard carpenter’s level. You can also leave the baseboard off of one side, so you have extra room when performing maintenance, such as replacing the stove’s flue pipe.

Can You Replace a Drop-in Stove With a Free Standing Stove?

Yes, but not easily. A “drop-in” stove is one that’s built to fit precisely into the countertop of your kitchen. That means it won’t have any legs or other projections. Instead, the drop-in design lets it fit flush with the rest of the kitchen counter, making it look like part of the countertop.

If you can find a stove the same size as your old drop-in stove, replacing it with a new one is very easy. But most stoves today are full-range freestanding models. These have their controls on the top surface, and they have projecting lower surfaces that house the stove’s heating elements and fan.

Can a Slide-in Stove Replace a Drop-in Stove?

Drop-in stoves are built into the structure of the kitchen. Unfortunately, this means that the stove has to be cut out to fit inside the space where it is installed. On the other hand, a slide-in stove typically comes with a frame that includes rollers that allow it to be slid into place.

This can save time and effort in removing the stove from the space, cutting it out to fit where it needs to go, then putting it back into place when installation is complete. The primary concern to keep in mind with this project is that the slide-in stove typically comes as a standard 30″ width and may not fit well within a space where it is narrower than the required width. Thanks for reading about how to build a drop in stove cabinet.

Removing the Stove From the Space

Frequently Asked Question

Can an Oven Sit on Plywood?

Yes, an oven can sit on plywood. An oven is a piece of equipment that is used for cooking food. It has heating elements and a heat source for the purpose of baking or roasting.

Can I Put a Convection Oven in A Cabinet?

Yes, you can put a convection oven in a cabinet. It is possible because of the design of the cabinet.

A convection oven uses hot and cold air to circulate around the food and cook it evenly, so it is not recommended for use in open spaces or areas where you cannot seal off doors and windows.

Does a Built-In Oven Need to Be Vented?

Yes, the built-in oven needs to be vented. The first thing that comes into mind is a built-in oven must be vented because it has an exhaust hood.

It is also important to know that a built-in oven needs to be vented for safety reasons. The gas fumes from the stovetop mustn’t enter the room where people are cooking or eating.


The process of building a drop-in stove cabinet is quite simple. First, you’ll need to measure your space and start by installing the frame for the cabinet with 2x4s or other strong lumber; then, you can cut out all the doors, face frames, and shelf boards and assemble them using nails/screws/glue as needed.

Finally, paint it and install it into place! Building a Drop-in Stove Cabinet is not an easy task. It requires some knowledge of carpentry but can be accomplished with the right tools and materials. This blog post has given helpful advice on how to build a drop in stove cabinet.

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