Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Hampton Overlay Upper and Base Door and Drawer Face

08.24.11 By //
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We are covering both the Upper and Base Door and Drawer Face, for this style. I will be publishing the Doors for the Under Sink Base Cabinet and Pantry in just a bit, along with the false drawer front option for the sink cabinet. These doors and drawer are overlay, which means that they extend beyond the openings and overlay the face frames of the Base Cabinet and Wall Cabinet by 3/8″ on all sides. You will find most cabinetry utilizes this overlay style. I will be covering hardware in the next day or so, and outlining some of the different styles and the amount of work required for each.

These instructions show the building process in steps 1 and 2, and the final measurements needed for the base, wall, and drawer. Use steps 1 and 2 for the process, then repeat that process using the measurements shown and detailed for each piece (base, wall and drawer front.

Estimated Cost 


  • Tape Measure
  • Sander
  • Saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • 1 – 1×3 at 10'
  • 1 – 1×3 at 8'
  • 1 – 1×2 at 6' 1/2 sheet 1/2″ plywood in same specie as boards.
  • 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
  • 1″ Pocket Hole Screws
  • 1″ Screws 1 1/4″ Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • ** Pocket Hole Plugs – Optional
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 2 – 1/2″ Ply at 10 3/4″ x 7 7/8″ (Base Cabinet Panels)
  • 2 – 1/2″ Ply at 10 3/4″ x 9 3/8″(Wall Cabinet Panels)
  • 1 – 1/2″ Ply at 10 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ (Drawer Panel)
  • 2 – 1×3 at 23 1/4″ (Stiles for Base Cabinet)
  • 2 – 1×3 at 26 1/4″ (Stiles for Wall Cabinet)
  • 2 – 1×3 at 4 3/4″ (Stiles for Drawer)
  • 6 – 1×3 at 10 31/4″ (Rails for Base and Wall Cabinet)
  • 2 – 1×2 at 10 3/4″ (Rails for Drawer)

** Check for Square after your panels have been cut down. We wouldn't want a crooked door. Place all Pocket holes for the Frames in the Rails, and set for 3/4″ stock, use the 1/2″ stock setting for fastening your panels inside the frame. You are welcome to use your Pocket Hole System to create the Drawer Face as well, however it might be easier and more cost effective to simply secure directly to the Drawer Front in the appropriate arrangement, from the inside using regular screws.

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 

For both the Upper and Base Cabinet doors, you will create the Frame first. the diagram below shows the measurements for the base cabinet door. The Wall cabinet door will be constructed in exactly the same manner, so it won't be outlined, and only shown as final measurements further down.

Step 2

Step 2 

Fasten the interior panels to your frame. The back of the panel should sit flush with the back of the frame. The front of the panel should be recessed by 1/4″ . Use glue and your Pocket Holes System set for 1/2″ stock.

Step 3

Step 3 

Below are the dimensions for the Upper wall Cabinet. It will be constructed in exactly the same manner, but will have a few slightly different measurements.

Step 4

Step 4 

Below are the measurements for the Drawer Face. You don't really need to construct it in the way we did for the cabinet doors since we will have something behind it to fasten it to. You can simply arrange the pieces accordingly and glue and clamp in place. Once the glue has set, you can fasten with regular screws from the inside of the drawer front on your actual drawer. Visit the Build It! Plans tab to see the other plans that have been done so far.

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 provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! 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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