My first build!

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I used whitewood. Next time I would choose something straighter and smoother.

This locker cabinet was my first build and I learned a ton. For example:

1. Use the Kreg face clamps while drilling into the Kreg Jr.
2. Buy straight wood.
3. Buy wood that is not warped.
4. Do not try to buy wood with grouchy kids in tow.

Are you seeing a theme? Yep, your project will only be as square and perfect as the wood you buy.

I modified the locker plan to include apothecary-style drawers for our cell phones, sunglasses and chapstick. I also drilled through the back of one of the drawers to turn it into a charging station for our cell phones.

The locker has been super useful so far and is such a great way to keep my kids' backpacks and lunchboxes organized. The baskets are designated for my purse, stuff I need to return to stores, the dog's leashes, and library books. It's so nice to have all this stuff near the front door and never wonder where any of it is!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Ralph Lauren "Aged Mint" in flat. Distressed and coated with Minwax Polycrylic in satin.
Estimated Cost: 
$100
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This is just what I need! Our 'launching pad' is a main hallway with stairs and doorways in it. I have something in there now, but it isn't working out. Is there a possibility that you would post some measurements? Thanks!

Hey, Amanda. Sure -- I just altered the plan to fit my space and to include the drawers. It took a little figuring out and I threw out the paper when I was done, so I don't have perfect dimensions for you, but here's what I've got: it is 26.75"w x 76"t overall. The drawer spaces are about 5.25"w x 7"t. The top basket space is 13"t and the bottom one is 10.5"t. The lockers are 12.25"w x 36.5"t.

I hope that helps a bit!

This is really lovely - can't believe this is your first build! Love the drawers and REALLY love the idea of using it as a charging station. I've yet to get the guts up to try my first project, so you're my new hero! Have a great weekend!!!

The road to success is always under construction.

Thanks! Our hardwood floors are birch. I was looking for lots of color variation and found these for about $4.50/ft at Stone Mtn Flooring. Lower grade wood seems to have more variation. There was a lot of waste -- lots of pieces with messed up edges and knots all the way through that our installer wouldn't use, but it turned out great. We've got about 1600 sq feet of it. One thing we've learned, though, is that birch is relatively soft and dents easily. Luckily, with all the color variation, the dents/dings are tough to see!

True it is Birch is on the soft side, yet the canadian varieties, are a bit better in strength. Personally I love the variations between the dark "softwoods" and the real light "hardwood" part of the tree. And yes the cheaper you go, more of the tree is used, good bad, ugly, shorts...That's what you call Character. Las but not least i absolutely love Red Birch. In a class of its own The grain is so superb, transparent, and see through. A beauty.

True it is Birch is on the soft side, yet the canadian varieties, are a bit better in strength. Personally I love the variations between the dark "softwoods" and the real light "hardwood" part of the tree. And yes the cheaper you go, more of the tree is used, good bad, ugly, shorts...That's what you call Character. Las but not least i absolutely love Red Birch. In a class of its own The grain is so superb, transparent, and see through. A beauty.

I was curious if the drawers were premade/purchased or did u make those too. My husband kind of squirmed when i showed him yours vs the plans& thinks thw drawers are too tough. Love him dearly but he has issues with just trusting me when i say its for beginners.. Trust me!:)

I'm so sorry...I thought I responded a long time ago but it must not have gone through! Yes, I made the drawers. They were super simple. I just kind of made them up as I went and put them together using the easiest means possible -- glue and nail gun. They are really solid. If you want more info, I can take a photo of them up close and send it to you. I promise, it isn't rocket science! You guys can definitely do it.

I want to see more pics of the drawers. I'd love to build one -- or more! -- of these for my new art studio but I'm a little intimidated by the drawers. Thanks!

Any ideas for making tall gate/doors for a high jumping dog. Have several open "doorways" without molding and odd widths and heights. Have considered bi-fold doors but standard size does not fit odd doorway sizes. At wits end with the dog all over the house. Help please!

I built furniture and cabinets for a living for many years. The biggest problem one will encounter when using "white wood" (not a real kind of wood) and shelving board from home improvement stores is the random moisture content of individual pieces. Some may have been in the climate controlled store more months and some only a few days. Joining wood with varying levels of moisture is begging for problems! A trick I learned from an old timer is to place your palm on each board and try to buy ones that seem to be the same temperature. His rule of thumb was that the cooler the board was to the touch, the higher the moisture content was. I love the cabinet you built and I hope you are now bitten with the woodworking bug!

Yep, I've noticed that! It also seems like the weight of the board gives some clue. It's a pain in the butt to work with this stuff, but it gives the piece great character. :)

Just stopped the first time at your site and love it too! So many great ideas - so less time ;) I will come over again.

Wondering the depth measurement on this? I'd be sneaking it behind a front door but itd be parallel to the door when it is opened so a depth measurement is pretty crucial for me. I absolutely love it and the styling.

I am beyond words with all of this. My grandfather is a woodworker and has made a multitude of pieces over the years that are amazingly beautiful. I've always wanted to be able to do something myself, and for the first time, I'm inspired to try. I have a set of counters in new home that will work perfect for the laundry basket idea and I can't wait to do it! My new husband thinks I"m crazy, but he is totally going to come home one day next week and find me building away in the garage. Also, I'm buying your book tonight on my kindle. I love your ideas and I'm inspired beyond anything could have imagined. Thank you.

In your modification of the original plan from 3 cubbies to 4, it looks like you extended the height of the divider below the cubbies to come up into the drawer area - thus ensuring the straight connection. Am I correct in this assumption or are my eyes playing tricks on me? In other words, is the divider in the middle of the drawers one piece with the divider below the drawers? Hope that makes sense. Let me know if I need to rephrase my question for clarity.

Good job Hillary! The finishing is excellent. The locker plan is what made me turn my attention towards this blog. I am building one of these right away. The color you used is also super cool. Thank you. sony support laptop

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