DIY Plans to Build a Leighton Rolling Cabinet

A Rolling Cabinet Perfect for Storage in Any Room!

This cabinet has a lot of great features in one… The DIY plans to build a Leighton Rolling Cabinet feature four cubbies with two drawers on top creating the perfect piece for storing books, toys, and art supplies for the kiddos! This cabinet is another easy build (you know I wouldn’t have it any other way) and can be completed in a weekend.

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Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (<– affiliate link!)
  • 1″ brad nails
  • 2 sets of 10″ ball bearing drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • 4 – 4″ casters
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×4 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×10 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×12 at 6′
  • 2 – 1×12 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×12 at 25″ – Cabinet Top & Bottom
  • 2 – 1×12 at 31-1/2″ – Cabinet Sides
  • 2 – 1×12 at 23-1/2″ – Drawer Shelves
  • 1 – 1×12 at 23-1/2″ – Lower Shelf
  • 1 – 1×12 at 23-1/2″ – Divider
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 24-1/2″ x 32-1/2″ – Back
  • 2 – 1×10 at 21″ – Drawer Bottoms
  • 4 – 1×4 (ripped to 3″ wide) at 9-1/4″ – Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 1×4 (ripped to 3″ wide) at 22-1/2″ – Drawer Back
  • 2 – 1×4 (ripped to 3″ wide) at 23-1/2″ – Drawer Front

DIY Plans to Build a Leighton Rolling Cabinet

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the cabinet. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the side pieces. Secure the sides to the top and bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Two

Cut the pieces for the drawer shelves and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the drawer shelves to the sides of the cabinet using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. It may be easier to install the uppermost drawer shelf first, the work your way down!

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Step Three

Cut the piece for the lower shelf and drill pocket holes in each end. Cut the notch using a jigsaw. Secure the lower shelf to the sides of the cabinet using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Four

Cut the piece for the divider and drill pocket holes in each end. Cut the notch using a jigsaw. Secure the divider to the bottom of the cabinet and the underside of the shelf directly above using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

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Step Five

Cut the piece for the back. Secure the back to the cabinet using glue and 1″ brad nails.

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Step Six

Cut the pieces for the drawers. Drill pocket holes in each end of the sides as well as all four edges of the bottom pieces. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, then install the front and back in the same manner. Note that the front will overhang each side of the drawer box by 3/8″.

Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

Install the drawer pulls and the casters.

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Finish the cabinet as desired!

This cabinet will be a welcome addition to any craft room to store supplies, as well as in a shop to store tools! have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Leighton Rolling Cabinet? Leave a comment below!