Free Woodworking Plans to Build the Spice Cabinet Drawers and Door

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This set of plans covers 3 individual pull out drawers and an overlay door for the Spice Cabinet. The instructions indicate how to construct a door if you don't have a table saw or router. This can be modified for any door style that use an inset panels and solid wood facing.

Estimated Cost 


  • Tape Measure
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • 1/2 sheet – 1/2” plywood – will be visible on door panel but not for drawer bottoms. You can purchase 2 varieties and a 1/4 sheet for each, one can be a lower grade for the drawer bottoms, and the other should match your solid wood boards.
  • 2 – 1×3 at 6'
  • 1 – 1×3 at 8'
  • 1 – 1×3 at 10'
  • 1 – 1×4 at 6'
  • 6 pair of 22″ full extension side mount drawer slides with a 1/2″ clearance
  • 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
  • 1″ Pocket Hole Screws
  • 1 1/4″ Wood Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 3 – 1/2” ply at 21 1/2”x 6 3/4″ (drawer bottoms)
  • 1 – 1/2” ply at 21 3/4” x 4 3/4” (inset door panel)
  • 6 – 1×3 at 22 1/4” (drawer sides)
  • 3 – 1×3 at 6 3/4” (drawer back)
  • 6 – 1×3 at 23 1/4″ (drawer guides)
  • 2 – 1×3 at 26 3/4” (door stiles)
  • 2 – 1×3 at 4 3/4” (door rails)
  • 3 – 1×4 at 8 3/4″ (drawer fronts

This cabinet making technique is one meant for folks who don’t own table saws or routers. If you do happen to own a table saw, you are welcome to make this in a more traditional sense and simply use the measurements provided to aid you. I am going to provide a plan for a single multi-level drawer pull out for this cabinet as well, stay tuned for those plans

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 

Build your drawers as shown below. Use your pocket holes system to join the drawer panels and place them on the back side of the back panel, the under side of the bottom and on the inside of the drawer sides near the front to fasten your drawer front in place. Set your system for 3/4″ stock on the drawer sides and 1/2″ stock for the bottom.

Step 2

Step 2 

Cut your drawer guides to size. Install your drawer slides on the guides and the drawer itself. Then attach the drawer guides to the inside of the cabinet unit as indicated below. If you would like to adjust the spacing between drawers, be sure you adjust the spacing between drawer guides as well. I have indicated the guides to be cut to the same dimensions as the inside of the cabinet so that fastening them in place and making sure they are level is a bit easier.

Step 3

Step 3 

Cut your door pieces to size, as indicated below.

Step 4

Step 4 

Fasten your door pieces using your pocket hole system. The frame will use a 3/4″ setting for creating your pocket holes, and the insert will need a 1/2″ setting. Place the pocket holes as indicated below.

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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