Plans to Build a Jax Cabinet

An Easy to Build Cabinet Inspired by CB2

This cabinet is really cool and I think my favorite part is the orientation of the door handles! The plans to build a Jax cabinet are super simple, and the pieces can be cut from a single 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood (with the exception of the back). The hinges are concealed and are easy to install with the help of a jig. The legs can be any style: hairpin, farmhouse, even 2x2s as long as the legs measure approximately 8″ tall!

plans build jax cabinet dimensions



  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 13″ x 28-1/2″ – Top and Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 13″ x 27-1/2″ – Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 13″ x 32″ – Shelf
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 27-3/4″ x 28-1/4″ – Back
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-3/16″ x 14-7/16″ – Doors

Notes about the Project:

  • This post on cutting plywood will be very helpful with the layout
  • The 2×2 legs shown in the drawings are shown for clarity
  • Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly
  • A concealed hinge jig (<– affiliate link!) is very helpful for this project and worth every penny
  • Have fun and share photos – this cabinet can be finished in a myriad of ways!

plans build jax cabinet

Step One

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

plans build jax cabinet outer cabinet

Step Two

Install the legs according to the manufacturer’s instructions. They can be legs that screw into plates mounted to the bottom, hairpin legs, angled metal legs (<– affiliate link!), etc.

plans build jax cabinet legs

Step Three

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

plans build jax cabinet shelf

Step Four

Cut the piece for the back. Secure the back using 1-1/4″ brad nails.

plans build jax cabinet back

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the doors. The doors are mounted so that two edges are flush with the corresponding top or bottom and side edges. There will be a 1/8″ gap between the doors at the center horizontal and vertical lines.

plans build jax cabinet doors

Install the concealed hinges following the instructions that came with the jig (it’s really, really easy!), then install the doors. Pre-drill the holes for the handles, then install the handles.

Finish the cabinet as desired!

Have questions about the plans to build a Jax cabinet? Leave a comment below!

Originally posted 2021-01-16 15:25:42.

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