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Store office necessities in style.

This handsome little cabinet just might solve the universal problem of never having enough drawer space. Small enough to tuck under a desk, it’s also designed to stand on its own, and its wide top can easily accommodate a printer or a fax machine.

You can build this cabinet in a weekend or two, because it’s made with simple joinery. The case assembles with biscuits and pocket screws, and the drawers go together with lock rabbet joints. There’s no fussy drawer hardware to install, just cut-in hand grips and screwed-on hardwood runners to guide the drawers.

Despite its simple joinery, this cabinet is very sturdy, and it can be easily altered. Make it taller. Change the drawer sizes. Add doors. And don’t let the “office” designation fool you—switch to MDF or Baltic birch to build a great shop cabinet.

Square and flat

Both the cabinet and the drawers must be perfectly square to allow the drawers to glide freely without binding. Make sure that your lumber is milled flat; ditto for your glued-up top and sides.


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