Free Onion Cupboard Plans!
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DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner
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.
The link to the pdf for these onion cupboard plans is at the bottom of this page.
WOODWORKING TOOLS NEEDED:
The hand woodworking tools used with these onion cupboard plans are:
- Kreg pocket jig;
- woodworking clamps;
- tape measure;
- speed square; and
The power woodworking tools used are:
- jig saw;
- circular saw (could use jig saw on all cuts, though; and
Ben used a router to round the edges, and an electric sander. But neither of those power woodworking tools are essential.
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.
POCKET HOLE JOINERY USED:
The only pocket hole joinery used in these easy free woodworking plans is right angle.
WOODWORKING PROJECT COSTS:
The approximate cost to build these Kreg pocket jig plans is $45.00.
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.
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.
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.
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 top pieces over so the angled sides now make a triangle. It is this shape that allows your cover to close all the way.
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.
Cut the triangular shape from both 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.
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 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.
Drill 2 pocket holes on each end of the 11 1/2" long brace.
Click on the photo to go to the pdf containing the Sketchup diagrams of these easy free woodworking plans.
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.