Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Martha Stewart Inspired Standard File Cabinet

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I am so excited for this collection (have I mentioned that yet?) and this piece satisfies my need for crafty storage AND my need for some traditional home office functionality. I can have it all…and so can you!



Tape Measure


Kreg Jig – optional but definitely recommended

Saw – optional and can have pieces cut at local lumber supply


1 sheet of 3/4″ Plywood or MDF

1/2 sheet of 1/2″ Plywood

3 – 1×2 at 8′

2 – 2×2 at 6′ or 8′ if that is what your store carries (mine only carries 8′ unless you shop stair railing parts)

1 – 1/4×3/4 Trim at 5′ (can get a 3′ and 2′)


24″ Full Extension Side Mount Drawer Slides with 1/2″ clearance – 1 pair

Drawer Pull

1 1/4″ Pocket hole screws

1″ Pocket hole screws

3″ Wood Screws – if not using a pocket hole system

2″ Finish nails

3/4″ Finish nails

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Sanding Supplies

Finishing Supplies

Cut List

4 – 2×2 at 30 1/4″ Legs

1 -3/4″ Stock at 12″x18″ Back Panels

2 -3/4″ Stock at 12″x25″ Side Panels

2 -3/4″ Stock at 25″x18″ Bottom Panels

1 -3/4″ Stock at 21″x28″ Top

6 – 1×2 at 25″ Rails

6 – 1×2 at 18″ Rails

2 – 1/2″ Ply at 11 1/2″ x 23 1/4″ Drawer Sides

2 – 1/2″ Ply at 11 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ Drawer Front and Back

1 – 1/2″ Ply at 11 1/2″ x 23 1/4″ Drawer Bottom

1 -3/4″ Stock at 11 3/4″x17 3/4 ” False Front

2 – 1/4×3/4″ Trim at 11 3/4″ Side Trim (drawer front)

2 – 1/4×3/4″ Trim at 16 1/4″ Top and Bottom Trim (drawer front)


Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials!

Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices.

Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
Step 1

Cut your Legs to size, then cut Plywood or MDF to size and fasten it to the 1×2’s sitting flush with the inside edge of the 1×2’s. Using your pocket hole system set for 3/4″ stock, fasten your panels to the legs using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue. If you aren’t using a pocket hole system, use your 3″ screws to fasten the panels to the rails and the rails with panels attached to the legs, and be sure to countersink and use glue.

Step 2
Step 2

Flip your unit over and fasten the rails and panels in place using your pocket hole system set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue. If you aren’t using a pocket hole system, use your 2 1/2″ screws to fasten the panels to the rails and the rails with panels to the legs, and be sure to countersink.

Step 3
Step 3

Attach your drawer glides. Doing this now, will make it much easier.

Step 4
Step 4

Fasten the top in place using finish nails and glue.

Step 5
Step 5
Step 5

Build the Drawer. Below the diagram shows the layout for the drawer parts. Fasten together using your Pocket Hole system set for 1/2″ stock and your 1″ pocket hole screws and glue or use 1 1/2″ wood screws. To fasten the false front in place, use 1″ wood screws and glue from inside the drawer. To secure the trim, use finish nails and glue.

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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