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
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 Tool Company website.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Click on the Kreg Tool Company Logo to Get the Build Your Own Cabinets Plan.
To go to the website for these wood working projects, click here, on the Kreg Tools logo. Click on the "Get Inspired" tab at the top of the page, and then go to "Plans."