DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Lola Cabinet

Perfect for Bath Storage!

This is a great cabinet with a longer cubby with a shelf, a shorter cubby, and two drawers. The DIY furniture plans to build the Lola cabinet are pretty straightforward and excellent project for those new to woodworking. In my opinion, it would be great in a bathroom – I can visualize the cubbies used for storing towels! Of course, it can be used however you choose!

plans build lola cabinet-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (<– affiliate link!)
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional (<– affiliate link!)
  • 4 – Cabinet pulls
  • 2 sets of hinges
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 6 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 1 half sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – full sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 33-1/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 1×2 at 11-1/2″ – Side Frames
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-1/2″ x 27-3/4″ – Side Panels
  • 4 – 1×2 at 25-1/2″ – Back Frame & Front Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 25-1/2″ x 27-3/4″ – Back Panel
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-1/2″ x 25-1/2″ – Bottom
  • 1 – 1×2 at 27-3/4″ – Front Divider
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-1/2″ x 28-1/2″ – Divider
  • 3 – 1×2 at 12-3/8″ – Shelf Trim
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 10″ x 12-3/8″ – Cubby Shelf
  • 2 – 1×2 at 13-1/2″ – Top Side Trim
  • 1 – 1×2 at 29-1/2″ – Top Front Trim
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-1/2″ x 26-1/2″ – Top
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-1/2″ x 12-3/8″ – Drawer Shelves
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 10-5/8″ x 11-1/2″ – Drawer Bottoms
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-7/8″ x 11-1/2″ – Drawer Sides
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-7/8″ x 12-1/8″ – Drawer Front & Back
  • 2 – 1×2 at 14″ – Shorter Door Stiles
  • 2 – 1×2 at 27-1/2″ – Longer Door Stiles
  • 21 – 1×2 at 9-1/8″ – Door Rails & Slats

plans build lola cabinet

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs, the side frames, and the side panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the frame pieces as well as all four edges of the panels. Secure the frame pieces to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Insert the panels and secure using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panels will be flush with the back face of the frame assembly.

plans build lola cabinet-Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the front stretchers, back frame, and back panel. Drill pocket holes in each end of the stretchers and frame pieces as well as all four edges of the panel. Secure the frame pieces to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Insert the panel and secure using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panel will be flush with the back face of the frame assembly.

Secure the front stretchers as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

plans build lola cabinet-Back

plans build lola cabinet-Front StretchersStep Three

Cut the piece for the bottom and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure to the lower frame piece of the sides and back, as well as the lower front stretcher using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

plans build lola cabinet-Bottom

Step Four

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

Cut the piece for the divider and drill pocket holes in each long edge as well as the bottom edge. Secure to the front divider, bottom, and back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

plans build lola cabinet-Front Divider

plans build lola cabinet-DividerStep Five

Cut the piece for the shelves and the shelf trim. Note that the cabinet shelf is shorter than the drawer shelves. Drill pocket holes in one end (12-3/8″) of each shelf and secure the front trim using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the shelves in the cabinet using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the sides and dividers into the shelves.

plans build lola cabinet-Shelves

plans build lola cabinet-Drawer Shelvesplans build lola cabinet-Cab ShelfStep Six

Cut the pieces for the top panel and the top trim. Drill pocket holes in one end of each side piece as well as the side and front edges of the panel. Secure the side trim pieces first using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, then secure the front piece.

The front and sides of the top will overhang by 1/2″. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

plans build lola cabinet-Top 1

plans build lola cabinet-Top 2Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer box as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. There will be a 1/8″ gap at the sides and top of the drawers in the openings.

plans build lola cabinet-DrawerBS

plans build lola cabinet-DrawerFBplans build lola cabinet-DrawersStep Eight

Cut the pieces for the doors and drill pocket holes in each end of the rails and slat pieces. Assemble the doors using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The slats will be spaced 1/2″ apart except for the shorter door – the first slat and the last slat will be spaced 3/4″ from the rails while the remaining slats will be spaced at 1/2″.

Install the hinges on the doors, then install the doors in the cabinets. Install the cabinet pulls.

plans build lola cabinet-Doors 1

plans build lola cabinet-Doors 2Finish as desired, then apply a coat of paste wax to the bottom of the drawers so they slide smoothly in the opening.

If dust is a problem (like it is for me!), glass or plexiglas can be secured on the backside of the doors using mirror clips. Check out a couple of other options similar to the DIY furniture plans to build the Lola cabinet:

Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Lola cabinet? Let me know at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

Originally posted 2014-04-14 08:00:11.

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