Free DIY Woodworking Plans to Build a Letter File

07.14.11 By //
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How about a few more accessories for this collection?  Or any collection or purpose for that matter!

Line up your plywood strips and build a few of these at a time.  Use spray paint, to finish these, and fly through the build quickly.  These are the perfect accessory for any home office, playroom, craft room, or any other room you might like a bit of extra storage!  How about chalkboard paint for these so you can label them the easy way?  On your counter in place of a junk drawer or for keys, wallets, and mail would be fabulous use.

  • Brad Nailer (some staple guns have a brad nailer capability…mine does) or Hammer
  • Jig Saw – optional if you want to cut the curved slot from the front

1/4 sheet of 1/4″ Plywood, MDF or coated Particle board (depending on your preference).

  • 5/8″ Brad Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 2 – 1/4″ Stock at 12″ x4″ Side Panels
  • 1 – 1/4″ Stock at 16 1/4″ x12″ Bottom Panel
  • 2 – 1/4″ Stock at 16 3/4″ x 4 ” Front and Back Panels

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 panels to size. This project will most easily (and more precisely) be built if you are to cut strips of your plywood at the width and then cut the lengths from that strip. This will ensure you have equal width pieces and allow you a more perfect (and square) build.

Notch out the front using a jig saw, and fasten together using nails and glue.

Finishing Instructions 

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

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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