Office pieces are few and far between when it comes to something that still has style and functionality, but not with this collection! Free and Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Potterybarn Inspired Hendrix Lateral File Cabinet!
As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig Saw, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw
- Multi-Square and Carpenter’s Square
- Kreg Jig – if you build frequently, invest in this one.
- Nail Gun – optional
- Router with Patterning bit – or bit set – optional
- 2 – 2×3 at 6’
- 2 – 2×2 at 6’
- 2 – 1×2 at 8’
- 1 – Full sheet of ¾” plywood
- 1 – Quarter sheet of ¾” plywood
- 2 – 1×8 at 6’
- 1 – 1×12 at 8’
- 1 – Half sheet of ¼” plywood, lauan, or hardboard
- 1 ½” Pocket Hole Screws
- 2” Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4″ Wood Screws
- 1-1/4″ Brad Nails
- 3 sets of 14” drawer slides
- 4 Drawer Pulls
- 4 – 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” angle brackets
- Anti-Tip Kit
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- Edge Banding – optional
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
- 4 – 2×3 at 29-1/4” – Legs
- 4 – 2×2 at 17” – Side Frames
- 2 – ¾” plywood at 17” x 22-1/4” – Side Panels
- 3 – 1×2 at 31” – Supports
- 2 – 2×2 at 31” – Lower Supports
- 1 – ¾” plywood at 23” x 31” – Back
- 2 – ¾” plywood at 17” x 33” – Shelves
- 5 – 1×2 at 17” – Top Support & Drawer Slide Support
- 1 – ¾” plywood at 9” x 18-1/2” – Divider
- 1 – ¾” plywood at 20” x 36” – Top
- 4 – 1×8 at 14-1/8 – Sm. Drawer Boxes
- 4 – 1×8 at 14-1/2” – Sm. Drawer Boxes
- 2 – 1×12 at 14-1/2” – Lg. Drawer Box
- 2 – 1×12 at 30” – Lg. Drawer Box
- 2 – ¼” plywood, lauan, or hardboard at 14-1/8” x 16” – Sm. Drawer Bottoms
- 1 – ¼” plywood, lauan, or hardboard at 16” x 30” – Lg. Drawer Bottom
- 2 – ¾” plywood at 8-3/4” x 14-7/8” – Drawer Fronts
- 1 – ¾” plywood at 13” x 30-3/4” – 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.
Edge banding should be applied to all exposed edges of plywood before assembly.
Cut the pieces for the legs, side frames, and side panels. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 2×2 frame pieces. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” and drill pocket holes in the side panel as shown.
Attach the frame pieces to the panels using glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws. The back of the panel will be flush with the back of the 2×2 pieces.
Attach the side panel assembly to the legs using glue and 2” pocket hole screws. The front of the 2x2s will be flush with the outside face of the legs.
Cut the 1×2 pieces and the 2×2 pieces for the supports. Drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×2 pieces. Attach to the legs using glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws. The holes in the lower 1×2 support will face down and the other two will have the holes facing up.
Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 2×2 pieces. Attach to the legs as shown using glue and 2” pocket hole screws.
Cut the piece for the back. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes as shown. Attach to the legs and supports using glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws. The back face of the panel will be flush with the inside face of the supports.
Cut the pieces for the shelves. Drill pocket holes in the bottom of each shelf to attach to the side panels, supports, and back. Attach using glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws. The top of the shelves will be flush with the top of the supports.
Cut the piece for the top support. Drill pocket holes in each end and secure to the center of the front and back supports using glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws. The top of the support will be flush with the top of the front and back supports.
Cut the piece for the divider. Drill pocket holes as shown. The divider will be located in the center of the top support as well as the center of the shelf. Attach using glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the drawer slide supports. Attach to the side panels using glue and countersunk 1-1/4” screws.
Cut the piece for the top. Attach to the top with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the top into the supports and legs.
Cut the pieces for each of the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces and assemble as shown. Cut the pieces for the bottom. Attach to the drawer boxes using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Attach the drawer slide hardware. For a tutorial on how to install drawer slides, click here.Make any necessary adjustments.
Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Drill the holes for the handles. There will be a 1/8” gap on all sides of the front.
Attach the angle brackets to the edges of the top as decoration.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
4 comments on “Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Pottery Barn Inspired Hendrix Lateral File Cabinet”
Hello, all the example images or diagrams for this plan are not displaying correctly. I tried safari and chrome. Would love to try and build this but need the images to start! Thanks in advance! some great plans here.
I’m on it! Fixing it as we speak!!
Thanks for the plans! I’m almost done building this file cabinet and I love it! Where can I find some cool industrial looking angle brackets?