Open Drawer Base - Cubby Collection
Free plans to build an open drawer base for media wall from Ana-White.com
1 - 1/4 sheet of 3/4” hardwood plywood - or can use pine boards 1x8s for sides
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 3 feet long
1 1/4” and 2 1/2” PH screws
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
2 - 3/4” plywood 7 1/4” x 21” (could also use 1x8s for these)
4 - 1x2 @ 27 1/2”
4 - 2x2 @ 7 3/4”
2 - 2x2 @ 26”
2 - 2x2 @ 18”
1 - 3/4” plywood @ 29” x 21 1/2” (top)
2 - 1x4 @ 25”
2 - 1x4 @ 20”
1 - 1x6 @ 27 1/4”
Back is optional - 7 1/4” x 29”
Start by attaching sides together with the four 1x2s. If you use pocket holes, keep to outsides for a stronger joint that will be hidden in later steps. CHECK FOR SQUARE!!!! Set aside.
Now lets build the leg bases. Start by attaching the legs to front and back aprons.
Then form your leg base by attaching the two side aprons.
Now it's time to attach the base to the drawer box. Easy stuff, just screws the base to the drawer box. We'll leave the top off for now so we can reach in and get that drawer put on right.
Build your drawer to fit - measurements given are "perfect case" measurements. Your drawer slides will require a clearance - most likely 1/2" on each side for a total of 1". Build your overall drawer width to the inside measurement minus drawer slide clearance. CHECK FOR SQUARE.
Install the drawer in the cabinet, giving 3/4" clearance to front for the false drawer face. Make sure it slides smoothly. You can shim the slides to get the drawer to slide perfectly.
Attach the drawer face to the drawer, keeping an even 1/8" gap on top, bottom and sides. TIP: Attach handles or knobs first unless surface mount to avoid having to get longer knob/handle bolts or boring out the inside drawer face to fit bolt head.
Remove the drawer and attach the top to the base. Reinstall the drawer.
The back is optional.