Single Locker Cabinet
A single locker can be used alone or grouped with several other lockers to create a whole locker system! Features two large cubbies and a large locker area. Suitable for two hooks, on either side of the locker interior.
Well, I did promise you all a locker cabinet when you voted this weekend on our Facebook Fan Page.
And it was pretty close, Lockers vs Cubbies. I loved so so many of your creative ideas, from using the cubbies style as a media center to creating a lift top bench to combining both . . . wow, we have some smart people in this world! We all share one thing in common - the desire to have somewhere compact and well organized to throw (yes, throw) our stuff. And as back to school approaches, the thought of backpacks, books, coats, homework and sports gear gives me clutterphobe nightmares. I wake up in a cold sweat, drowing in down jackets, lunch pails, mittens, and Uggs and Grace's favorite hat that we can never find.
So I woke up on Saturday morning, drove to our local lumber yard, drilled quite a few pocket holes, and had a locker cabinet sitting in my entryway, with still a few hours left to pick blueberries.
No, I'm not superwoman. I had help. Here's Grace, waiting with her blueberry picking bucket, blue pants (because she is going to invariably sit on blueberries) and impaitent face. And that's my sister Phebe and Grace's Grandma Pat. They painted 5, yes 5, pieces of furniture for me! They know how much I love picking berries, and I'm so thankful they helped out and I was able to finish all my projects and pick gallons and gallons of wild Alaska blueberries this weekend.
BUT I didn't get the beauty shots that I so desperately wanted. So I thought I would publish a variation of the locker cabinet. Something that combined a few of your ideas, and could work for anyone, no matter how many kids they have. Or how small their space is.
2 - 1x12 @ 10 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 14 feet long
1 - 1/4" Plywood or Beadboard (for the Back)
Please review PDF for more information.
2 - 1x12 @ 67 1/4" (Box Sides)
3 - 1x12 @ 15 1/2" (Shelves)
1 - 1x12 @ 17" (Top)
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 17" x 68" (Back)
2 - 1x2 @ 65 3/4" (Legs)
2 - 1x2 @ 17" (Crown/Header)
1 - 1x3 @ 14" (Footer)
As you know, I’ve been limited on tools lately, and ended up building my locker cabinet with a Kreg Jig™ and a drill. I am so impressed with my Kreg Jig™ ( I have the $99 one, and it’s worth every penny). If you are using the Kreg Jig™, drill pocket holes (three per end) in both ends of each of the shelves and on one end of the sides. Mark the joints on the side boards, as shown in the above measurements. Glue and screw. If you don’t have a Kreg Jig™, you can use a countersink bit and 2″ screws and glue from the outsides of the sides to attach the shelves.
I’m missing my nailer, so I hand pounded in the back of my locker cabinet. I used 1″ finish nails and glue. Make sure you also nail to the shelves, as the plywood back adds strength to the shelves and keeps the locker square.
If you have a Kreg Jig™, build your face frame separate. Drill pocket holes in both ends of the footer board (blue above) and the top ends of the leg trim (yellow above). Attach the boards with glue and screws. Then use finish nails to secure to the face of the locker.
If you don’t have a Kreg Jig™, you can start by attaching the leg trim, keeping outside edges flush. Then attach the footer and header, and finally the crown. Make sure you add a 2″ finish nail though the face of the crown into the 1×12 top piece of the locker.
Add your hooks, and you are good to go! I also used a jigsaw to cut my leg bottoms at an angle because I liked to the look, but you can do whatever you like.