Overview: Cabinet design, cost and materials
We designed this wall
cabinet with painting
supplies in mind, but you can
use it to store just about anything,
including hand tools and small
boxes of fasteners and hardware.
We simplified the construction by
using a build-a-box-and-cut-it-in-half
technique and then face-mounting
a full-length continuous
hinge. It couldn't be easier. And the
result is a sturdy, practical wall-hung
Materials for one of these cabinets
cost us about $55, but you
could reduce the price per cabinet
by buying 4 x 8-ft. sheets of pegboard
and plywood and building
several cabinets instead.
Figure A: Cabinet details
Figure A: Cabinet Details
Build the cabinet from a 4x4 sheet of plywood and a 4x4 sheet of pegboard. Find the Materials
Note: Figure A and a Materials List are available in pdf format in Additional Information below.
Step 1: Assemble the box
cutting 8-in. strips of plywood and
screwing them together to form a
2-ft. by 4-ft. box. Place screws accurately
as shown in Figure A to avoid
hitting them when you cut the box
in two (Photo 2). Also be sure to orient
the pegboard so the good side
faces out on the front and in on the
back. Be careful to cut the pegboard
pieces perfectly square and with
straight sides so you can use them as a
guide for straightening the box sides
and squaring the box as you nail on the
pegboard (Photo 1).
Step 2: Cut the box into two parts
To cut the box into two pieces, begin
by tacking a straight board to the box
sides as a saw guide. Position the
guide so the cut runs 3 in. from the
front edge of the box and falls between
the screws. Set the saw blade to cut 7/8
in. deep. Align the guide carefully on
each side so the cuts meet in the corners.
Before you make the final cut,
use shims and tape to hold the cabinet
together, and keep them on until the
cut is complete (Photo 2).
Step 3: Install the hinge
Reconnect the boxes with a 48-in. long continuous hinge (Photo 3).
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Step 4: Add the trim and shelves
Figure A shows
the cabinet dimensions and details as
well as the rack we added to hold paint
roller covers. Screw two 3-in.-wide
strips of 3/4-in. plywood to the back of
the cabinet. These provide a stronger
hanging surface, and they space the
cabinet from the wall to allow the use
of pegboard hooks on the cabinet back.
Mount the cabinet by driving 1/4-in.
by 3-in. lag screws through the hanging
strip into wall studs.