Hello and welcome to the latest offering from my side. In this article, we will be discussing detailed plans for everything you need to know about open wall cabinets.

Open wall cabinets

Let’s get down to what you need before starting the job:

  • ¾” Plywood board neatly ripped into the cabinet depth of your choice (For this plan, I worked with a 10 ¼” width)
  • ½ Sheet ripped from plywood measuring ¼”
  • Pieces of left-over scrap plywood for top support
  • 8 feet plywood |1x3s
  • 3 feet plywood | 1x2s
  • ¾” Nails | For attaching the cabinet back
  • 1 ¼” pocket holes | To build and attach the frame
  • Edge Bands
  • Shelf Pins

The list of tools that are required to complete the job:

  • Tape Measure
  • Table Saw
  • Speed Square
  • Safety Glasses
  • Pencil
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hearing Protection
  • Drill
  • Brad Nailer
  • Miter Saw

To get the most out of these plans, it is always advisable to go through all of the material more than once. If required, you can try reading it a couple of times before putting the plan into action.

Helpful precautionary checklist:

  • Ensure you work on a clean surface
  • Always ensure the boards are neat and straight
  • Do not allow debris in your work surroundings
  • Practice pre-drilling holes wherever necessary
  • Use finish nail-glue combinations to ensure firm hold
  • Work smart, be safe

Dimensions | Cut List:

  • ¾” Plywood | 2 No’s | Width x Side: 10 ¼” x 30″
  • ¾” Plywood | 2 No’s | Width x (top and bottom): 10 ¼” x 34″
  • ¾” Plywood | 1 No
  • ¼” Plywood | 1 No

Face Frames:

  • 1x3s | 36″ | 1 No
  • 1x2s | 26″ | 2 No’s
  • 1x2s | 36″ | 1 No

A step-by-step guide to building open wall cabinets:

01. Start building the carcass by attaching the top and the bottom shelf carefully to the sides as shown below. It is always recommended you have the pocket holes on the exterior portion of the cabinet.

02. Use the scraps that you have collected from the start of this project to hang the cabinet on the wall.

03. Attach the back portion of the cabinet with the glue-nail combo. Here, I have used ¾” measuring nails.

04. Start building the face frames. You can use pocket hole screws measuring 1 ¼” through pocket holes measuring ¾”.

05. For the fixed shelves, it is advisable to neatly staple or nail the plywood from the outside. Care should be taken not to overdo the pocket holes. In the case of adjustable shelves, have the shelf pin holes drilled neatly into the cabinet.

06. Complete the project by hanging the cabinet through top back support to the studs in the walls.

Final Instructions

After finishing the project, you might find some gaping holes in the finished work. You can consider filling these neatly with wood fillers. After filling the gaps, allow ample time to let these dry.

If you find it necessary, you can also consider applying additional coats of wood fillers if required. Use sandpaper to completely sand out the wood grains and to remove any remaining residues.

Wipe the project clean with a damp cloth. Use a wood conditioner or a primer if needed.


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