Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Ballard Designs Inspired Eastman Secretary
An amazing storage piece with a fold down top that allows for the perfect hide away work surface!
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Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
Hammer or Brad nailer
1 – 1x2 at 6’
1 – 1x3 at 6’
1 – 1x4 at 4’
3 full sheets of ¾” plywood
1 full sheet of ¼” plywood
1 half sheet of ¾” plywood
1-1/4” pocket hole screws
Small nails or 1-1/4” brads
3 sets of 15” drawer slides
8 – Drawer Handles or knobs
2 – Drop Front Supports (go
here ) 1 Continuous Hinge for Work Surface
Edge banding for the plywood, optional
Countersink bit for Drill
2 – ¾” plywood at 16-1/4” x 51-3/4” – Sides
4 – ¾” plywood at 16-1/4” x 30-1/2” – Shelves
2 – 1x2 at 30-1/2” – Back Support & Lower Trim
1 – 1x4 at 30-1/2” – Front Support
1 – ¼” plywood at 32” x 51-3/4” – Back
3 – 1x4 at 7-1/2” – Inner Drawer Cubby Sides & Center
2 – ¾” plywood at 7-1/2 x 30-1/2” – Inner Drawer Cubby Top & Bottom
1 – ¾” plywood at 17-1/4” x 33-1/2” – Top
4 – ¾” plywood at 3-1/4” x 6” – Cubby Drawer Sides
1 – ¾” plywood at 6” x 11” – Cubby Drawer Bottom
1 – ¾” plywood at 6” x 13-3/4” – Cubby Drawer Bottom
2 – ¾” plywood at 3-1/4” x 12-1/2” – Cubby Drawer Front & Back
2 – ¾” plywood at 3-1/4” x 15-1/4” – Cubby Drawer Front & Back
4 – ¾” plywood at 5-1/2” x 13-1/2” – Smaller Drawer Box Sides
2 – ¾” plywood at 10” x 13-1/2” – Larger Drawer Box Sides
4 – ¾” plywood at 5-1/2” x 29-1/2” – Smaller Drawer Box Front & Back
2 – ¾” plywood at 10” x 29-1/2” – Larger Drawer Box Front & Back
3 – ¼” plywood at 15” x 29-1/2” – Drawer Bottoms
1 – 1x3 at 33-1/2” – Lower Trim Front
2 – 1x3 at 16-1/2” – Lower Trim Sides
1 – Casing at 32-3/4” – Upper Front Trim
2 – Casing at 16-1/2” – Upper Side Trim
1 – ¾” plywood at 15-1/2” x 30-1/4” – Work Surface Front
2 – ¼” plywood at 1-1/2” x 12-1/2” – Work Surface Trim Stiles
2 – ¼” plywood at 1-1/2” x 30-1/4” – Work Surface Trim Rails
2 – ¾” plywood at 7-1/4” x 30-1/4” – Smaller Drawer Fronts
4 – ¼” plywood at 1-1/2” x 4-1/4” – Smaller Drawer Trim Stiles
4 – ¼” plywood at 1-1/2” x 30-1/4” – Smaller Drawer Trim Rails
1 – ¾” plywood at 11-3/4” x 30-1/4” – Larger Drawer Front
2 – ¼” plywood at 1-1/2” x 8-1/2” – Larger Drawer Front Trim Stiles
2 – ¼” plywood at 1-1/2” x 30-1/4” – Larger Drawer Front Trim
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Cut the pieces for the sides and shelves. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in the shorter ends of the shelves. Secure to sides with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws at the spacing indicated.
Cut the pieces for the supports. Drill pocket holes in each end of the pieces and attach to the cabinet using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The 1x4 piece will go in the front while the 1x2 piece will be in the back.
Cut the piece for the lower trim support and attach to the cabinet under the lowest shelf in the same manner as the other supports.
Cut the piece for the back and secure to the cabinet with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.
Cut the pieces for the inner cubby. Attach the sides to the cabinet with glue and 1-1/4” countersunk screws flush with the back at the spacing indicated.
Attach the bottom cubby piece first using glue and brad nails through the bottom into the side pieces. Attach the center support at the spacing indicated with brad nails through the bottom into the support. Fasten the top piece in place using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the top into the sides and center support.
Cut the pieces for the cubby drawers. Attach the sides to the bottom as shown in the drawing with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the sides into the bottom. Attach the front and back pieces in the same manner with brad nails through the pieces into the sides and bottom.
Cut the pieces for the work surface and the trim. Fasten the trim to the work surface front with glue and clamp until dry. Attach the continuous hinge to the work surface, then to the shelf. There will be an approximate 1/8” gap around all sides of the work surface in the opening. Attach the drop front supports according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Cut the piece for the top. Fasten to the cabinet with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the top into the sides, front support, and back support. The top will hang over the sides and front by ¾”.
Cut the pieces for the lower trim. Cut the notch as shown using a jigsaw. Attach the side trim first using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Attach the front piece with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the front into the lower support.
Cut the casing pieces for the top side trim with a 45 deg. miter on the front edge. Attach to the sides of the cabinet under the top with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Measure for the front trim and cut this piece with a 45 deg. miter on each end. Fasten to the cabinet in the same manner.
Cut the pieces for the other drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the side pieces and assemble as shown in the drawing using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Cut the pieces for the bottoms and attach with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.
Attach the drawer slides to the drawers and cabinet following the manufacturer’s instructions. The slides will need to be positioned 1” from the front edge of the cabinet. Do not attach the drawer fronts!
Cut the pieces and trim for the drawer fronts. These will be assembled in the same manner as the work surface. After assembly, drill holes for the knobs or handles. Shim the drawer fronts in place (there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides) and drill screws through the holes for the knobs into the drawer boxes. Open the drawers, and secure the fronts to the boxes using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the knob holes and finish drilling out the holes.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my
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