Yes, You Can Build Your Own Cabinets!
DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner
These free, easy, woodworking plans are to build your own cabinets to hang on the wall. Once you build a wall cabinet, you will have developed some of the skills necessary to build base cabinets as well.
These free Kreg plans leave the front edges exposed, so these are not finely finished cabinets. But they would work wonderfully for the garage, your shop or utility room. As you progress with your wood worker skills, you will learn how to make face frames, and fancier doors and drawers.
These free Kreg plans let you can choose whether to add the door to the top section, and a drawer for the bottom section.
The link to download your copy of these free Kreg plans is at the bottom of the page. It will take you to the Kreg Tools site.
Ana White plans, in her just published book, The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room
include ones for a kitchen recyling console, and a kitchen island.
Ana White is well known for her Kreg plans for the woodworking beginner. Many of the plans in the book include storage areas. Even if you only use one plan out of the 34 included in the book, the purchase price will be well worth it!
WOODWORKING TOOLS NEEDED:
These free Kreg plans require the following woodworking hand tools:
- tape measure;
- Kreg pocket jig;
- woodworking clamps>
As soon as you can afford it, we recommend the Kreg face frame clamp
You will need only the following wood working power tools:
Circular saw and drill.
PLEASE wear your safety glasses every time you use any of your woodworking power tools while you build your own cabinets!
Electric sanders will help you finish your wood working project more quickly. BUT, if you don't have one, enjoy the textures and smell of the wood as you hand sand your cabinets.
- (1) 1” x 4” by 4” long pine or poplar board;
- (1) 2 foot x 4 foot 1/4” plywood
- (3) 2 foot x 4 foot 3/4” thick MDF board or plywood;
- (1) doorhandle or doorknob;
- (1) pair partial wrap 1/4” overlay hinges;
- (30) 1/ 1/4” coarse pocket-hole screws; and
- (20) small finishing nails.
Click here or on the photo to order your Kreg jig screws for this project.
Learn about selecting the right plywood for these free Kreg plans.
If you can fit a 4' by 8' sheet into your vehicle, that may be a cheaper option than (3) 2' x 4' pieces of MDF. Also, you will have a 2' x 4' piece remaining. If your car will only hold a 4' by 4' piece, the big box stores will usually cut a 4' by 8' sheet into two pieces. Those cuts may not be as accurate as the ones you cut yourself, though.
The cost of the materials to build your own cabinet is approximately $45.
pocket hole joint
you will use is the right angle joint.
The woodworking jigs that will give you the best results are:
We encourage you to make and use the woodworking jigs to achieve the best results, save you a ton of money, and a heap of frustration!
HINTS, TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
Mark 54 3/4 inches from the right end of your 4 X 8 sheet. of plywood. Align your plywood cutting jig just to the left of your marks, so that your blade will be cutting along the line. Double check that your jig is square to the plywood, and then use your circular saw to cut across 4 feet.
The door is shown to be cut from the 3/4 inch thick MDF board on these free, easy, woodworking plans. You could take the quality of this piece up a notch by making both the door and the drawer front from 1/2 inch plywood.
Before cutting your plywood or mdf sheets according to the cutting diagram on the free Kreg plans, check out
the plywood cutting jigs.
Your cuts will be much more accurate, and your assembly of the cabinet so much easier.
You will have 3 horizontal pieces that you will drill 6 pocket holes into. When you are attaching those pieces to the sides, make sure that the pocket holes for the top horizontal piece face up. AND, that the pocket holes for the two bottom pieces face down.
Making a 5 inch spacing jig will make it easy for you to connect the horizontal piece in the right place, and completely square with the rest of the cabinet.
To learn how to build drawers using your Kreg pocket jig, click here.
Drawer Option for These Free Kreg Plans.
The Kreg Wall Cabinet plans show a drawer that could be added to this cabinet. If you do buy a 4' x 8' sheet of MDF, you will have enough material remaining to build the drawer. Kreg does not give you the dimensions or a cutting diagram for the drawer.
You will need to make your drawer to fit the inside dimensions of the open shelf of your cabinet. The height of the drawer will need to be little less than 5”. The sides will be 12” long.
The front and back of the drawer will need to 18” (the outside width of the cabinet) less 1 1/2” for the sides of the cabinet, for a maximum of 16 1/2” long.
But your back and front pieces will be inside the sides of the drawer, so they will need to be 16 ½” less 1 1/2” for a total of 15” long.
You may want to leave a 1/4” space on each side of the drawer to make moving the drawer in and out easier. Your front and back pieces of the drawer would then be 14 and 1/2 inches wide.
The finished drawer front can be the same width of the cabinet – 18”. The height of the finished drawer front will need to be 5 3/4” - 5” for the drawer space, and 3/4” to cover the bottom piece of the cabinet.
We are not kidding, when we say that once you build one cabinet, you are going to need to build others. Here's the proof! Even before we had the Kreg wall cabinet hung, we had to make another one. Not a problem, though. All the subsequent cabinets go together more smoothly.
You can take that first step in learning how to build your own cabinets!
The other chapters in the FREE KREG PLANS section include:
“Kreg Bookshelf Project Plan”
“Kreg Bird Feeder Project Plan”
“Kreg Workbench Project Plan”
“Kreg Toybox Project Plan”
“Kreg Student Desk Project Plan”
“Kreg Outdoor Chair Project Plan”
“Kreg Outdoor Workbench Project Plan”
Each of these Kreg plans are built using the Kreg pocket hole jig. When we started, we purchased the Kreg K4MS Jig Master System
which costs about $140.
Since then Kreg has put together the Kreg Tool Company KTC5750 Toolboxx Master Collection
. This is more expensive to start, at about $300, but within a year we had purchased everything that is in the Toolboxx Collection. So we have all the tools, but not the fancy toolbox. AND we wish we had that!
Check Out Some More Free Cabinet Plans for the Kreg Jig.
Go from 'Build Your Own Cabinets' to 'Start With Free Woodworking Plans' Home Page.
Go from 'Build Your Own Cabinets' to 'Kreg pocket hole screws'.
To go to the free, easy, woodworking plans from Kreg Tools, click on the Kreg Tool logo. This will open in a new window.
If you have suggestions, ideas or photos for building cabinets, please let us know.