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Build Your Own Office - Narrow File Drawer Base Unit

February 25, 2010 |
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Adding a drawer to the Open Base Plan for the Modular Office Collection can create tidy opportunities for your home office. This plan is for a file cabinet sized drawer, but there is no reason why you can create drawers of any size, as Eric did.

Special thanks to Eric R for sharing his amazing photos.

Build Your Own Office - Narrow File Drawer Base Unit

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Build Your Own Office - Narrow File Drawer Base Unit
Dimensions: 
Fits the Narrow Open Base

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

In addition to the supplies and tools needed for the base unit, you will need:
1 – 1×10
1 – 1×12 (you will only need about 3′)
2 – Under or side mount drawer slides, 12″ long
26″ of 1×16 boards

2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
table saw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

For 2 Drawers, you will need to cut
2 – 1×16 @ 13 1/2″ (Drawer Bottoms)
2 – 1×10 @ 15 1/2″ (Drawer Backs)
4 – 1×10 @ 14 1/4″ (Drawer Sides)
2 – 1×12 @ 17 3/4″ (Drawer Faces)

Cutting Instructions: 
The drawer faces are 1x12s, measuring a given 11 1/2" wide. If your 1x12s are a different width, adjust the overall height of your project to leave 1/8" gap around the door faces.

Step 1

Build Your Own Office - Narrow File Drawer Base Unit

Composition is shown above for the base unit. You can find the plan for the Modular Open Base Shelf here.

Step 2

Build Your Own Office - Narrow File Drawer Base Unit

Drawer Bottom and Back. Fasten the drawer back to the drawer bottom as shown above.

Step 3

Build Your Own Office - Narrow File Drawer Base Unit

Drawer Sides. Fasten the drawer sides to the drawer back and bottom, as shown above.

Step 4

Build Your Own Office - Narrow File Drawer Base Unit

Drawer Slides. Fit the drawer into the drawer slides, remembering that the face will sit flush with the outsides of the sides. The drawer without the face will be inset 3/4″

Step 5

Build Your Own Office - Narrow File Drawer Base Unit

Drawer Face. With the drawer pushed in, fit the face on the drawer, leaving an even gap around all sides. Fasten the drawer to the sides and bottom.

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You are most correct, Ana.

You are most correct, Ana. Details, details, details... :) I can't wait for spring so I can start building...no garage, in Alaska...so I must wait. :(

posted by Karla (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-02-25 12:23

Ana, what would I need to do

Ana, what would I need to do to make those drawers capable of holding files? Is there hardware that can be purchased and installed?

posted by brandi (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-02-25 12:41

Look at this post here in the

Look at this post here in the same collection
http://knockoffwood.blogspot.com/2010/02/plans-wide-file-base-for-bedffo...

You can also buy file rails at an office supply store.

Another thought is to make the drawer 12" wide and use undermount drawer slides. then the files could just sit on the drawer sides.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-02-25 12:47

I am in total agreement that

I am in total agreement that the hardware can make an item. (i LOVE your site, btw...)

question: has anyone had any luck finding hardware like the beloved PB's? I LOVE the hinged pulls and the label holders...

There are so many of us out there building and itching to build using your fabulous plans- and the hardware is KEY to top it off! Is there anyway of creating a page/section where viewers can post pics of their hardware as well as where they found it?

THANK YOU THANK YOU for all your work!!

posted by tawna (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-02-25 13:02

Re: drawer pullsI love

Re: drawer pulls

I love working my google muscle to find things, but I found it VERY hard to locate a high-polished nickel drop pull like the Pottery Barn ones. But here are a few possibilities for people who are looking. I used the search terms "bail pull” and “drop pull”.

Satin Chrome Cabinet pull—
http://www.rensup.com/Cabinet-Pulls/97189.htm

Classic Hardware Card Holder Pull—
http://www.decorisland.com/product/classic-hardware/100289-03/classic-ha...

Mission Style Drop Pull — http://www.nextag.com/Avante-Hardware-62076AB-Antique-524748138/prices-html

Hardware Resources Matte Black Pull—
http://www.decorglamour.com/hardware-resources-r1011mb.html

posted by Yolanda (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-02-25 15:19

I'm mistaken, I think a minor

I'm mistaken, I think a minor error in math on the shopping list. The shopping list says 26" of a 1x16 but the cut list says 2 - 1x16 and cut them into 13.5" pieces. that's 27" inches of 1x16 (13.5 x 2).

Love this collection, that will probably be my 2nd project once I make my bunk beds :) Thanks!

posted by Rae (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-02-25 15:21

Thank you Yolanda!!

Thank you Yolanda!!

posted by Carla (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-02-25 16:08

HI!Very neat!!What software

HI!

Very neat!!

What software do you use to create the initial view? Of all the units put together?

Sona

posted by Sona Jacob (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-02-25 22:13

I found some nice hardware

I found some nice hardware here too http://www.thehardwarehut.com/cabinet_labels.php

posted by Tracy D (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-02-26 06:19

Ooooooh TracyD, those are

Ooooooh TracyD, those are awesome cabinet labels!!! Thanks for the link!

posted by Jennifer (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-02-26 08:55

FINALLY found hardware that

FINALLY found hardware that looks like the PB ones!!! I was wandering in Menards and ran across them :-) They are made by National Hardware and are called Chest Handles.
See here: http://www.facebook.com/knockoffwood#!/knockoffwood?v=photos

posted by TracyD (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-03-01 12:31

Hi All,I can help with all of

Hi All,
I can help with all of these questions regarding an excellent source for hardware in one address: www.leevalleytools.com!
Lee Valley Tools has been around for years, has a HUGE variety of different styles (and types) of hardware: drawer slides, knobs, pulls, hinges..., plus they also have all kinds of Wood Working & Gardening tools and toys. It's my absolute favourite place to shop; virtually or in person.
Enjoy, Deb

posted by Debbee (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-03-03 18:21

Hello Ana,I found you through

Hello Ana,
I found you through Michaela's link from "The Gardener's Eden" and boy am I excited about it! This is a great idea. Thanks so much for showing everyone just what they can accomplish. DIY never looked so good!

Regarding high end hardware sourcing: I believe I just may have THE answer to all of your questions: www.leevalleytools.com!

Lee Valley Tools has been around for years, has a huge variety of styles and types of cabinetry hardware: handles, pulls, slides, hinges, etc.
They also carry (and design) tons of wood working and gardening tools and toys and give customer satisfaction like nobody's business.

It's my absolute favourite place to shop - virtually or in person...

Hope this helps, Deb

posted by Debbee (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-03-03 19:01

Sorry for the duplication.Deb

Sorry for the duplication.
Deb

posted by Debbee (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-03-03 19:05

I have a question if someone

I have a question if someone could please help me! It seems that the bottom of the drawer is supposed to be 16" x 13.5". However the back of the drawer is only 15.5" in width. How does this line up with the width (16") of the bottom? It seems like I either need to make the bottom narrower or the back wider. I'm not sure which one I should do to ensure that the drawer still fits in the cabinet.

I appreciate any ideas!

Jezeriah

posted by Jezeriah Cook (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 08:38

Jezeriah, you have to leave

Jezeriah, you have to leave 1/2" on each side for the drawer slides, but you want the drawer face to cover the drawer slides. I would purchase the slides and read the clearance on them before building the drawer. Hope this helps. Ana

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-17 12:27

Hey everyone! I found

Hey everyone!

I found hardware almost EXACTLY like the PB version. It is galvanized, but you could spray it if you want it shiny. It is the exact same style as PB uses on their desk. Believe it or not, they are cheap! $2.79. Made my National. I found mine at an Ace Hardware, in the section with utilitarian hinges and pulls like you would use on a farm. NOT in the cabinet isle.

I hope this helps. I built the Bedford desk before I knew of Ana's site. This is fantastic! I can't wait to see what else I can make...without having to draw up the plans myself this time! ;o)

If you need specifics on the hardware, feel free to email me. urbanfarmgirlandco@yahoo.com

Mary

posted by Mary (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-24 15:21

Brandi, check out this

Brandi, check out this product to turn this unit into a file cabinet:
http://www.amazon.com/Blum-Metafile-Complete-Set/dp/B0006HFEIA/ref=sr_1_...

posted by orangesugar (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-16 07:42

thank you thank you for your

thank you thank you
for your site!!!
i am building this today.

posted by commercial child photographer (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-02-01 10:33

Ana- Thanks for the plans!

Ana-
Thanks for the plans! I'm planning on starting this next weekend. I did notice that, on the Open File Base Unit plans, the height of the top and bottom drawers seem to differ. The plans for the drawer (using 1x12) would work for the bottom; but not the top (it measures 13 1/4 on the plans).
Also, I was at PB yesterday and saw this desk with the two file cabinet drawers on one side and three drawers on the other. Any chance of adding plans to mod the CPU base so that it has two narrow and one deeper drawer?
Thanks again
E

posted by eoren1 (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-02-20 07:26

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