This step by step diy woodworking project is about storage cabinet plans. If you want to learn more about building tower cabinet with lots of storage space, we recommend you to take a look over the instructions described in the article. Work with good judgement and don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the related plans, as there are many designs and woodworking projects to select from.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue t the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
Projects made from these plans
Storage Cabinet Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 19 1/4″ x 75 1/4″ long SIDES
- B – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 22 1/2″ long BASE
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 22 1/2″ x 72 3/4″ long BACK
- D – 6 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 17 3/4″ x 22 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 19 1/4″ x 24″ long SHELVES
- E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 22 1/4″ x 72 1/2″ long DOOR
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses
Building a Storage Cabinet
First, build the frame of the storage cabinet. Therefore, we recommend you to build the sides out of 1×20 lumber or out of 3/4″ plywood. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 1×3 bottom supports and secure them to the sides using 1 1/4″ screws and waterproof glue.
Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components. Plumb the sides with a spirit level.
Continue the project by fitting the top component to the structure of the cabinet. Therefore, you need to cut the component at the right size and smooth the edges. Drill pocket three holes along the top of the side components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the top. Add glue to the joints and make sure the edges are perfectly flush.
Next, you have to attach the back to the frame of the cabinet. Cut the component at the right size and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
Drill pocket holes along the edges and fit it inside the opening. Secure the component to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws and glue. Make sure the edges are flush before inserting the screws.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the 3/4″ plywood shelves to the storage cabinet. For a professional result, we recommend you to build the shelves with attention and to adjust its size to the right dimensions. Drill pocket holes along the side and back edges.
Place the shelves equally-spaced and secure them to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are perfectly square.
Build the door out of 3/4″ plywood. Mark the cut lines on the plywood sheet and get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Fit the door into the opening and secure it to the frame using appropriate hinges. Leave a gap of 1/8″ around the door and fit a door handle to make opening and closing easy.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the cabinet from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the tower cabinet in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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