How to Build Your Own Woodshop Cabinets

Overview

Your woodshop is not complete without good, solid, strong cabinets. Pine board is strong and durable. Cabinets made of pine board can easily hold the weight of all of your woodshop supplies. A woodshop that has cabinets is an organized and functional work space. You want to know where everything you need is when you do your next project, and cabinets make that possible. Build the cabinet described in the following instructions to hold all of your items under six inches in height, keeping them in a safe place and at hand.

Step 1

Cut the wood to size. Measure and mark the wood using a tape measure, a straight edge and a marking pencil. You will need two pieces of pine board that are 4 feet long and 12 inches wide for the top and bottom; two pieces that are 3 feet 10 inches long and 12 inches wide for the shelves; two pieces that are 2 feet long and 12 inches wide for the sides; two pieces that are 26 inches long and 2 feet wide for the doors; and one piece that is 4 feet long and 26 inches wide for the backing. Label the boards as you measure and mark them.

Step 2

Drill holes where the screws will be inserted to hold the cabinet together. For the top and bottom pieces, lay the boards so that the length is horizontal. Drill holes 1 inch in from each end vertically and ½ inch horizontally. Measure to the 2 foot point, horizontally. Drill a hole in the center of the 1-inch thickness on the backside of the board. For the sides, lay the boards so that the length runs vertically. Drill holes 1 inch in from each end horizontally, in the center of the 1-inch thickness. Measure down 6 inches, vertically. Make two holes, each hole 1 inch in from each edge of the board, horizontally. Measure down 6 more inches, make two more holes 1 inch in from each edge, horizontally. On the ends of the side board, on the length of the board, measure ½ inch down from the edge and make holes in the center of the 1-inch thickness on the backside of the board, at the top and bottom. For the shelves, lay the boards so that the length is horizontal. In the center of the 1-inch thickness of each 12-inch-wide end, make a hole 1 inch in from each edge, vertically. For the backing, lay the board so that the 4-foot length is horizontal. Make holes ½ inch in on each corner, diagonally. Measure to the 2 foot point of the board, horizontally. Make one hole on the top and bottom, ½ inch up/down from the edge of the board.

Step 3

Lay the pieces of the cabinet out according to what they are. The top and bottom should be outside the sides, the shelves in-between the sides. Set the doors aside for now. Secure with 2-inch wood screws by inserting the screws into the holes you drilled with a cordless drill and a bit that fits the screws. Attach the back board of the cabinet.

Step 4

Add the doors of the cabinet using the two sets of hinges and a cordless drill. To do this, measure down 6 inches from the top and bottom of the cabinet, on each side. Lay the hinges so that the plates are on the inside of the cabinet. Use 1-inch screws and a cordless drill to secure the hinges in place. Add the doors to the cabinet, attaching the other side of the hinge plates to the inside of the door using a cordless drill and 1-inch screws.

Step 5

Hang the cabinet. Use 4-inch wood screws to secure the cabinet to the wall. Insert the screws through the backing of the cabinet into the studs in the wall behind it. Make sure that the screws are going into the studs; if not, the cabinet will not hold weight.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use care and caution when using a skill saw or cordless drill.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 pine boards, 12 inches wide by 8 feet long, 1-inch thick
  • 2 pine boards, 26 inches wide by 4 feet long, 1-inch thick
  • Tape measure
  • Straight edge
  • Marking pencil
  • Skill saw
  • Cordless drill
  • 1/16 inch drill bit
  • Bit to fit screws
  • 2 inch wood screws
  • 2 sets of hinges
  • 1 inch wood screws
  • 4 inch wood screws

References

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