Free Onion Cupboard Plans!
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This onion cupboard was built with the Kreg pocket jig.


We gave these onion cupboard plans a beginner difficulty rating. If you have built any of Start With Free Woodworking Plans before, you would have used the same skills.

EXCEPT for one step! To get the cover of the wooden onion bin to lay down, you need to cut one the boards at an angle.

If you have experience with either a jig saw or a circular saw, this step will not be difficult. With the photos below, you will have confidence to make that cut.

There are two distinct phases for building this potato and onion cupboard.  The first stage includes gathering all you need, and preparing the wood.  That is what this page is all about!

The second phase is the actual assembly of your little potato cabinet. To visit the assembly page, click on this link.

Pegboard is used as the back of these onion cupboard plans.

The link to the pdf for these onion cupboard plans is at the bottom of this page.

A right angle drill makes it easier to drive the Kreg screw in tight spaces.


The hand woodworking tools used with these onion cupboard plans are:

  • Kreg pocket jig;
  • woodworking clamps;
  • tape measure;
  • pencil;
  • speed square; and
  • Hammer.

The power woodworking tools used are:

  • jig saw;
  • circular saw (could use jig saw on all cuts, though; and
  • drill.
Ben used a router to round the edges, and an electric sander. But neither of those power woodworking tools are essential.

A pine panel works great for these onion cupboard plans.

Materials Needed to Build Onion Cupboard.

  • 1 solid wood, pine panel, 36" long by 12" wide;
  • 1 1X10, 6' long pine board;
  • 1 1/4" thick, 2' by 4' peg board;
  • 1 1X3, 2' long pine board;
  • 2 2" hinges;
  • 2 1 1/4" flat head, wood screws;
  • 2 3/8" flat wood plugs;
  • 17 1 1/4" coarse thread, Kreg screw; and
  • 8 3/4" brad nails.

Right angles are joined together with the Kreg pocket jig.


The only pocket hole joinery used in these easy free woodworking plans is right angle.

These onion cupboard plans allow for air circulation.


The approximate cost to build these Kreg pocket jig plans is $45.00.

Cutting the pieces for these easy free woodworking plans.

Cutting the pieces for these onion cupboard plans.

From the pine panel, cut the top: 12" wide and 14 1/2" long.

From the pine panel, cut the front: 11 1/2' wide and 15 1/2" long.

From the 1x10, cut 2 sides: 9 1/8" wide by 21 1/4" long.

From the 1x10, cut the bottom: 8 1/2" wide by 11 1/2" long.

From the 1x3 cut the cleat: 11 1/2" long.

Cut the pegboard for the back of these onion cupboard plans.

Cutting the peg board.

Cut the back from the pegboard: 11 1/2" wide by 18 3/4" long.

It is difficult to cut the peg board with a jig saw because the blade wants to fall into the holes. To avoid this problem, use a circular saw, if one is available.

If a circular saw is not available, measure so that the 2 lines that will give you the 11 1/2" width both fall in solid sections of the peg board. It means you will have to cut 2 lines instead on 1, but your edges will be much nicer.

Use your jig saw to cut the angled edge.

Cutting the top into 2 pieces.

This cut is the most difficult part of these onion cupboard plans. Whether using a jig saw or a circular saw, set the blade so that it is at a 15 degree angle from the base plate. You should be able to see that angle measurement on the back of your saw.

Then practice cutting at an angle on a scrap piece of wood. The feel of the saw is different, and you have to focus on keeping the base plate of the saw flat on the wood.

Cut the top of this onion cupboard into 2 pieces.

Mark your top 2 7/8" from the longer side. That will be the longer side of your 15 degree cut. The shorter side will be 2 11/16". Clamp your board to a flat work surface, and make your cut.

When your 15 degree cut is completed, your 2 pieces will look like this.

Flip one of the boards over to make this triangle.

Flip one of the top pieces over so the angled sides now make a triangle. It is this shape that allows your cover to close all the way.

The side pieces need an angle cut on the top edge.

Next you need to mark your side pieces, so that they will have a 15 degree cut.

From the long side measure along the top a distance of ?". Along the front side measure from the top a distance of ?". Draw a straight line between those 2 marks, and you will a a 15 degree angle.

The angle on the side pieces has been cut.

Cut the triangular shape from both of the side pieces.

Cut the 1/2 circle at the bottom of the side pieces.

Your next step is to cut out the half circle at the bottom of your sides. Find the center point of the side pieces @ 4 5/16". Use your compass to draw a 2" radius half circle. Cut out 1 side and use it as a pattern for the other side piece.

Next, make the cutout on your front piece. This cutout can only be 2" high. Make a light pencil line 2" from the bottom edge. On the bottom edge, make a mark 1 13/16" from each side edge.

Draw a half circle on a piece of paper with a 4 13/16" radius. Lay that half circle on your front piece, so that it touches the 2" and is between the 1 13/16" marks. Trace that shape onto the front piece, and then cut out that shape. It should look similiar the photo below.

Set your Kreg pocket jig for 3/4

Set up your Kreg pocket jig.

All of the material used in these onion cupboard plans is 3/4" thick, except for the pegboard back. So both your step drill bit and your Kreg pocket jig drill guide will be set for 3.4".

If you are not sure how to do that, review the Kreg pocket jig set-up instructions for the Kreg K4.

Or the set-up instructions for the Kreg K5.

Drill the pocket holes with your Kreg pocket jig.

Drill the Holes for the Kreg Pocket Hole Screws.

Select the best side of your front piece, and drill the pocket holes in the poorer side. As in the photo, drill 2 pockets holes in each leg area of your front piece.

Drill 3 more pocket holes going up each side. The holes in the front will all be used to join the side pieces to the front.

Drill the pocket holes in the bottom of these easy free woodworking plans.

Drill 3 pocket holes on one of the 11 1/2" long sides of the bottom piece. Drill 2 more pockets holes on each of 8" wide sides of the bottom.

Do not start assembly yet.

Drive each Kreg screw from the cleat into the side of the onion cupboard.

Drill 2 pocket holes on each end of the 11 1/2" long brace.

Assembly of All of the Pieces is Next!

Now that all of your pieces of wood for these onion cupboard plans have been cut and prepared, you are ready to start assembling it.

Click on the photo,
or on this link,
to go to Page 2 for the process of assembly.

On that page, we also recommend you build a simple assembly jig to make the process easier, faster and more accurate!

This is a Sketchup diagram of these onion cupboard plans.

Click on the photo to go to the pdf containing the  Sketchup diagrams of these easy free woodworking plans.

You can buy this Kreg DVD for pocket hole cabinetmaking   from Sears.

The Kreg Cabinet Making DVD Will Give You The Confidence to Design & Build Your Own Cabinets.

It seems like there is so much to think about when building cabinets. This Kreg DVD, "Pocket Hole Solution to Cabinet Making", will answer many of your questions. Start With Free Woodworking Plans highly recommends this Kreg Tools dvd for anyone considering building their own cabinets.

Check Out These Other Free Cabinet Plans!

Not only do we have the onion cupboard plans, but there are other cabinet plans that may work for you.

Click on the photo of the Kreg cabinet,
or on this link,
to find the right one for you.

If you would like to see more examples of potato and onion cupboard plans, click on this link at Pinterest.

Many free easy woodworking plans
have been designed for the Kreg jig.

Leave "Onion Cupboard Plans"
to visit the "Start With Free Woodworking" home page.

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