Build Your Own Office - Narrow File Drawer Base Unit

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 09:18
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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.

Fits the Narrow Open Base


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

Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
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.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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


Karla (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 09:23

You are most correct, Ana. Details, details, details... :) I can't wait for spring so I can start garage, in I must wait. :(

brandi (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 09:41

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

tawna (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 10:02

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!!

Yolanda (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 12:19

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—

Classic Hardware Card Holder Pull—…

Mission Style Drop Pull —…

Hardware Resources Matte Black Pull—

Rae (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 12:21

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!

Sona Jacob (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 19:13


Very neat!!

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