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!
You'll want to build the divider area first because it will be super difficult to reach in later and add them. We nailed the divider boards to the shelves.
NOTE: If you are using pocket holes, drill first on ends of shelves.
Then we attached all shelves to the sides.
NOTE: we used a shelf pin jig (see below) to attach the top shelf and shelves (not shown) behind cupboard doors.
And checked for square and attached back with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue to all fixed shelves.
We built the face frame seperately, and then attached the completed face frame to the front of the cabinet.
Doors should be cut to fit, leaving about 1/8" (depends on your hinges) around all sides.
We actually built our doors with 1x3 for the frame and center, with 1/4" plywood panels leftover from the back as panels.
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.