Free plans to build secretary cabinet with mail slots from Ana-White.com
5 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long OR 1 1/4 sheets of 3/4" plywood cut into strips 11 1/4" wide (referred to as 1x12s in this plan)
1 - sheet 1/4" plywood (we used Purebond here too)
2 - 1x2 @ 6 feet long
4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 4 feet long
12 feet of 1x3s minimum for doors
2 sets of inset hinges for face framed cabinets:
1 set of euro style inset hinges for flip down secretary (we used these):
We constructed the box and face frame with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws, and also attached the face frame and back with 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue.
3 - 1x12 @ 5 3/4" (dividers for mail slots)
7 - 1x12 @ 28 1/2" (shelves)
2 - 1x12 @ 72" (sides)
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 30" x 68"
2 - 1x2 @ 72"
5 - 1x2 @ 48"
1 - 1x12 @ 26 3/4"
Cut bottom doors to fit
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!
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.
Thu, 08/15/2013 - 14:15
These are beautiful. I've
These are beautiful. I've been admiring them for months! Someday, I will make a cabinet door!
Thu, 08/15/2013 - 14:51
That looks great!!! Now I'm
That looks great!!! Now I'm kind of sad that I recently bought an Ikea secretary for cheap off of Craigslist, I could have built this! Oh well, there are enough other things on my list to build...
Thu, 08/15/2013 - 19:05
These are lovely AND so incredibly functional. Also, there's something about mail slots that I find gripping. =D
Fri, 08/16/2013 - 05:19
Seriously? You guys have so much going on. You are building the Momplex and now very pregnant; totally understandable! Another great build Miss Ana! :)
Fri, 11/08/2013 - 13:08
Face Frame Issues
This is my first build and I'm loving and hating it at the same time. Once you put the face frame together (I used pocket holes on the backs of the 27 inch pieces). How do you attach the face frame to the main piece? I'm trying to avoid using exposed screws?
Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:09
REALLY LOVE THIS! ;)
Can't open PDF link, suggestions??
Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:52
I absolutely love these. Would it be too ambitious as a first build?
Thu, 05/07/2020 - 07:07
Where is the .pdf?
Cant find the .pdf. to download.
Sun, 01/10/2021 - 03:48
the free PDF will not…
the free PDF will not Download for this project. Is it available somewhere to purchase?