The File Cabinet I Built for My Home Office…

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a File Cabinet

My desk is a mess! Seriously, I don’t even work on my computer at my desk because I can’t get to it! It is time for a major organization and liquidation overhaul!

I kicked around the idea of refurbishing an old metal filing cabinet but found that a traditional cabinet are too deep to fit in my space. I really like the lateral cabinets (where the files hang in the drawers sideways). I decided I would build a file cabinet to fit my space as well as incorporate a few extra drawers to hide my “stuff”!

I used Purebond plywood in Birch to construct the entire cabinet, including the drawer boxes, with edge banding on the exposed edges of the plywood. Isn’t the grain beautiful??

I cut all of the pieces, drilled pocket holes with my Kreg jig, and assembled the box.

I cut and assembled the drawer boxes, then assembled the hardware for the hanging files. I also installed drawer slides.

I primed, then painted… The cabinet is black to match my desk and hutch!

The finished product!


The plans for this project complete with materials list, cut list, and lumber list, can be found here. Have questions about how to build a file cabinet? Leave a comment below!

Originally posted 2012-09-03 08:00:33.

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