DIY Base Cabinet with Drawers

In this tutorial, I teach you how to build a DIY base cabinet with drawers for a desk, craft table, or table.  You will also learn how to make drawers, install drawer slides, and build a cabinet carcass.

 

Tools I Used

3/4″ Plywood
Epoxy Resin
Silicone Mold for Sea Creatures
Silicone Mold for Mickey Ears
White Glow Powder
Blue Glow Powder
Cabinet Drawer Slides
Drawer Slide Screws
Drawer Slide Jig
Wood Glue
Glue Bot
Glue Applicator
Drill/Driver Combo
Pocket Screws for Assembly
Brad Nailer
1.25″ Brad Nails
Air Compressor
Retractable Air Compressor Hose
Countersink Bits
Pilot Hole Drill Bit
Bar Clamp for Cabinet Assembly
F-Clamp for Drawer Assembly
Paint Sticks
Craft (Popsicle) Sticks
Wood Putty
Festool RO125 Sander
220 Grit Sandpaper
Festool Dust Extractor
L Carpenter’s Square
Combination Square
Dewalt Router
Router Table for Table Saw
1/2″ roundover bi
CA Glue with Activator
Magnetic Torpedo Level
Pocket Hole Jig
Pocket Screws for Table Top
Table Saw
Chalk Paint Brush

 

Click HERE to download the Base Cabinet with Drawers DIY plans

Plans Include

  • 48 page pdf with photo illustrations for each step
    • Also included in this pdf:  Material List, Tool List, Video of Project.
  • Spreadsheet with Cut List (xls format)
  • Plywood Layout Cut List
  • DIY Chalk Paint Recipe

 

Introduction

This DIY base cabinet with drawers project is part 2 of my Epoxy Resin Ocean Glow Table I built for my wife as a Mother’s Day gift.   However, these DIY base cabinets can be used on any table or desk in need of a table base with storage.

Since the ocean glow table is my wife’s craft table, I needed to build a table base with drawers to store her cricut accessories.

So, I designed the DIY base cabinets from scratch and started building it shortly after I completed the ocean table.

 

DIY Base Cabinet with Drawers Building Tip

Many people prefer to perform all their cuts before they start the project.  However, I prefer to make the cuts I need to complete a particular step.

Ultimately, only cutting the items needed to complete a step allows me to compensate for any mistakes or incorrect measurements after each step before proceeding to the next step.  

For example, I may need to adjust a measurement in step 2 for a few corner braces due to a small mistake I made in step 1. If I cut all the material at once, there is no room for error.

Below is an overview tutorial with pictures.

Step 1:  Cabinet Carcass Corners & Sides

First, line up the corner pieces and put down a line of glue on one edge of the ‘Front Short’ piece.  Spread the glue with a glue spreader or your finger. I chose to spread the glue on all these pieces at once to save time.  If you choose to do it this way, be sure to work quickly to avoid the glue drying prematurely.

Next, flip the ‘front short’ piece on a flat side facing the ‘front long’ piece.  

The ‘front long’ piece should be upright on its side as shown below. Using a speed square or L-Square, perform a quick 90 degree angle check.  

After the pieces are aligned, secure them with 3 brad nails (2 sides and middle).  Keep in mind, the brad nails simply hold the 2 pieces together until screws are used.

Sides

Next, take 2 corners you just made and 1 ‘side outside’ as labeled in the cut list.  

Then, lay the corners down on the flat surface and make sure the ‘front short’ piece is laying flat and the ‘front long’ piece is perpendicular.  Apply and spread glue on the ‘front short’ piece from the top and 25” down on each corner pair.

Afterwards, lay the ‘side outside’ piece on top of the glue and secure with brad nails.  

Repeat the same process with the pilot hole, countersink bit, and pocket screws as before.

 

Step 2:  Top/Bottom Cross Supports

 

First, get one side from the previous step and lay it perpendicular on a flat surface.  

Next, place glue on each one end of the ‘inside runner’ and place it on the side as shown in the picture below.  

Then, use a speed square or L square to make sure the ‘inside runners’ are perpendicular to the side.

Finally, use 2 brad nails to secure the piece followed by 2 screws in the pilot hole.

 

Step 3:  Cabinet Carcass Inside Sides

First, spread a liberal amount of glue on one side of the ‘inside side’.  This piece is supported from the bottom runner, so a clamp is not needed to secure it. 

Next, use brad nails to secure the piece.

Then, drill a pilot hole in each corner (4), followed by a countersink bit and screws.

 

Step 4:  Drawers & Drawer Faces

The easiest way to assemble drawers is to start with the bottom, front, and back piece.  

First, lay the bottom down on a flat surface.

Next, spread glue on the front bottom and back bottom.  

Then, stand them in place (bench dog or something similar helps) and check for 90 degree angle.  Additionally, you may find it easier to hold the L square on the drawer bottom and push it against the front/back while driving 3 brad nails in the middle and both sides.