DIY printer cabinet plans
1 sheet of 3/4" hardwood plywood
1 - 1x2 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 27"
1 - 1/4" plywood (24x48 inch panel will work)
1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 27" (drawer face)
4 Bun Feet
2 - 3/4" plywood @ 20" x 20-3/4" (sides)
2 - 3/4" plwyood @ 20" x 28-1/2" (shelves)
2 - 1x2 @ 20-3/4" (side trim for face frame)
1 - 1x2 @ 27" (top trim for face frame)
1 - 1x3 @ 27" (bottom trim for face frame)
2 - 1x2 @ 20" (drawer cleats)
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 20-3/4" x 30" (top)
1- 1/4" plywood @ 30" x 21-1/2" (back)
DRAWER - Cut to fit your opening and drawer slides!
2 - 1x4 @ 24-1/2" (front and back)
2 - 1x4 @ 16" (sides)
1 - 1x6 @ 26-3/4" (drawer face)
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!
Drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward on the insides of the sides for attaching the top in later steps.
Attach shelves to the sides - middle shelf can be fixed or floating (added later with shelf pins).
NOTE for perfectionists - to get the shelf just right, consider cutting off a 1/4" on the front edge and applying edge banding to the front edge of the shelf.
Build your face frame first with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue. Attach to front of cabinet with 1-1/4" finish nails and glue.
You'll need to bring the sides of the cabinet in for the drawer slides. Attach 1x2 to insides with 1-1/4" finish nails and glue.
Attach top through pocket holes drilled in step 1 with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.
Add moulding around the sides for added detail.
Attach feet to base.
Measure the opening of your drawer area in the cabinet. Read the instructions with your drawer slides and check the clearance needed (normally 1/2" per side for a total of 1"). Build your drawer to fit with the sides cut to the length of the slides, and the front and back cut to the desired width minus 1-1/2".
Install the drawer on drawer slides inside the cabinet.
Place drawer face over the drawer box with an even gap to sides and top. Nail and glue to drawer box. Then add a few 1-1/4" (pocket hole screw are fine here) from the inside.
NOTE: It may be easier to add your handle before installing the drawer.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.