How to Build a Small Cabinet

If you need storage space in a garage, kitchen or bathroom, consider building a small cabinet. Make the cabinet to sit on a flat surface or hang on the wall. This small cabinet has one shelf, is thin enough to be out of the way but roomy enough to store small items. Attach hooks on the inside to hang items as well, or use the doors for hanging items.

  • 2 19-by-14-by-¾-inch plywood panels
  • 19-by-28-by-¾-inch plywood panel
  • 3 2-by-4-by-19-inch boards
  • 2 2-by-4-by-28-inch boards
  • 2-inch-long finishing nails
  • ¾-inch 2ood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
Lay out two of the 2-by-4-by-28-inch boards and the two 2-by-4-by-19-inch boards in a rectangle. Set the 19-inch boards to be height and the 28-inch boards to be the top and bottom. Glue the ends of the short boards and place the top and bottom boards against them. Set bricks against each corner to hold the frame together while the glue dries. To make a rectangle, apply glue to the ends of the 28-inch boards and put the ends of the top and bottom boards against the sides of the shorter boards.

Attach the frame together using the 2-inch finishing nails. Hammer the nails through the sides of the 28-inch boards into the ends of the 19-inch boards. Do this at each corner. If you put the ends of the top and bottom boards against the sides of the frame, put the nails through the 19-inch boards into the 28-inch boards.

Measure in from both ends of one of the 19-inch boards 8½ inches and mark the spot with a line across the face of the board. Do the same with the other 19-inch board.

Measure, mark and cut the last 28-inch board so that it fits in between the two 19-inch boards at these marks. The board should sit between the marks at both ends. Remove the board and apply glue. Reset the board and allow to dry. Hammer in nails as you did above.

Set the 19-by-28-inch plywood section over the frame. Match up the ends. Nail the plywood into place with 2-inch framing nails.

Turn the frame over so the open side faces up. Attach the hinges along the inside edges of the vertical boards just inside the top and bottom boards with the ¾-inch wood screws. Do this for both sides. Set the unattached sides of the hinges pointing up. Place a 19-by-14-inch piece of plywood alongside the hinges so the hinges are on the inside of the plywood. Attach a 19-by-14-inch plywood piece to the hinges on the left side with the ¾-inch wood screws. Open and close the plywood door to make sure it works properly. Adjust as needed by unscrewing the door and shaving off one end with sandpaper. Do this for the opposite door as well.

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