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Build Dave’s Two-Piece Armoire


Free Plans to Build Dave’s Two-Piece Armoire

Awhile back, I had a request for a Two-Piece Armoire from a reader. Though she hasn’t had a chance yet to build it (I know how that is!), she’s hoping to build it soon! In the meantime, I was contacted by Dave who also requested plans for a two-piece armoire but on a much larger scale. This bad boy is massive and will be so fabulous when completed! So, on to the free plans to build Dave’s Two-Piece Armoire…

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding for the exposed edges of the plywood
  • 4 sets of hinges (for inset doors)
  • 6 sets of 20″ drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Finishing Supplies

Lumber:

  • 6 sheets of 3/4″ plywood (I recommend PureBond plywood)
  • 1 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 8 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×2 at 6′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 21-3/4″ x 30-3/4″ – Lower Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″plywood at 21-3/4″ x 80-1/2″ – Lower Base
  • 1 – 1×2 at 80-1/2″ – Lower Base Support
  • 3 – 2×2 at 21″ – Lower Base Supports
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 21-3/4″ x 28-1/2″ – Lower Divider
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 28-1/2″ x 39-7/8″ – Lower Back
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 1-1/2″ x  39-7/8″ – Lower Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 22-1/2″ x 83-1/2″ – Lower Top
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 21-3/4″ x 45-3/4″ – Upper Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 21-3/4″ x 80-1/2″ – Upper Base
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 21-3/4″ x 45″ – Upper Divider
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 39-7/8″ x 45″ – Upper Back
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-1/2″ x 39-7/8″ – Upper Stretchers
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 20-1/4″ x 39-7/8″ – Shelves
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 22-3/4″ x 84″ – Top
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 18-1/2″ x 37-3/8″ – Drawer Bottoms
  • 12 – 1×6 at 18-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 12 – 1×6 at 38-7/8″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 7-3/4″ x 39-5/8″ – Drawer Fronts
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 19-3/4″ x 42-1/4″ – Doors
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 1-1/2″ x 83-1/2″ – Trim
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 1-1/2″ x 21-3/4″ – Trim

free plans to build daves two piece armoire

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Notes:

Instead of regular board lumber for the stretchers and trim, I listed plywood. This way, when staining the project, the wood will match. If board lumber is desired, go for it! Plus, the board lumber edges can be routed for the trim pieces! Feel free to substitute as desired!

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood before assembly.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the lower base and sides. Drill pocket holes in the top edge of the sides, as well as each end of the base. Position the base as shown then secure to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Lower Base & Sides 

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the base supports. Secure the 1×2 piece using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the base into the support. Secure the 2×2 pieces using glue and countersunk 2-1/2″ screws.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Lower Base Supports 

Step Three

Cut the piece for the divider and drill pocket holes in each end. Position the divider as shown then secure to the base using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Lower Divider 

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the lower back and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure to the side, base, and divider using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Lower Back 

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the lower stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Position as shown then secure using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Lower Stretchers 

Step Six

Cut the piece for the lower top. The piece will overhang the sides and front by 3/4″. Secure using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws through the holes previously drilled in the sides, divider, and back.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Lower Top 

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the upper sides and base. Drill pocket holes in the top edge of the side pieces and both edges of the base piece. Secure the base to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Upper Base & Sides 

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the divider and drill pocket holes in each end. Position as shown and secure to the base using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Upper Divider 

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the upper back and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure to the side, base, and divider using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Upper Back 

Step Ten

Cut the pieces for the upper stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Position as shown then secure using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Upper Stretchers 

Step Eleven

Cut the pieces for the shelves and drill pocket holes in three edges (skipping the front edge). Position as shown and secure to the cabinet using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Shelves 

Step Twelve

Cut the piece for the upper top. The piece will overhang the sides and front by 1″. Secure using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws through the holes previously drilled in the sides, divider, and back.

Position the upper portion on the lower portion with the back edges flush. The lower top will extend past the sides and front of the upper portion by 3/4″. Secure using countersunk 1-1/4″ screws. Do NOT use glue!

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Top

Step Thirteen

Cut the pieces for the drawers. Drill pocket holes in each end of the side pieces as well as all four edges of the bottom. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s instructions, locating them 3/4″ away from the front edge of the cabinet. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

Install the drawers in the cabinet. Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts and drill the holes for the location of the cabinet pulls. Shim the drawer front in the opening and drive screws through the holes into the drawer box. Open the drawer and secure the drawer fronts to the boxes using countersunk 1-1/4″ screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the cabinet pull holes and finish drilling the holes for the pulls. Install the cabinet pulls.

 free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Drawer BS

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Drawer FBfree plans to build daves two piece armoire_Drawer FrontsStep Fourteen

Cut the pieces for the doors. Install the hinges, then install the doors. Attach the cabinet pulls in the position desired.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Doors 

Step Fifteen

Cut the pieces for the trim. Install the side pieces first using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails, the position the front pieces and secure in the same manner.

free plans to build daves two piece armoire_Trim

Finish as desired.

Aren’t these free plans to build Dave’s Two-Piece Armoire awesome? This armoire would make a great pantry in a kitchen, as well! Have a request for a plan? Contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com or designsbystudioc {at} gmail {dot} com. I would love to create a plan for you!

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  • Thank you so much for posting this! We are building closets that look just like your armoire – cupboard up top and drawers under in our new master bedroom. I’m showing this to hubby – thanks again!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much!! I really love it myself and wish I had a space to put it! If you build it, please share photos – I would love to see!! Thank you for stopping by!

  • The Don’z

    I’m making plans to build this but I will have to modify the height, Old mobile homes interior walls are only 73″ high LOL (btw-I’m building this because my wife uses the whole walk-in closet)

    • CherTexter

      LOL! Those walls are short, that is for sure! Good luck with the build and thanks for stopping by!

  • Splendid Whim

    My husband and I want to turn this into a double computer armoire. Do you have any suggestions for how to go about this? Or can you point us in the right direction?

    • CherTexter

      Hello, there! What is it that you’re wanting to change on this armoire?

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