Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Ballard Designs Inspired Vetrina Cabinet

Mar 11, 2011 10:12am

I know you guys are going to love this project! A new collection and if I?m not mistaken, this may not be available for purchase any longer?yay! This piece also comes to us from my new bff Loren! I heart her! Isn?t she so talented? Yes! If any of you would like to submit a set of plans, get in touch with me, I can help you get set up to share your work with everyone!

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Dimensions are shown Below:

Oky dok, let?s talk about what you will need to build this cabinet!

Tape Measure



Kreg Jig ? this is optional but will make some of your connections much much easier?recommended.

Saw – Optional if you have your local lumber supply cut your boards.

Miter Saw ? can also use a Table Saw, Circular Saw, Hand Saw or Jig Saw to cut at an angle.

**2? Wood Screws ? not needed if using Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System

1 1/4? Pocket Hole Screws

7/8? Finish Nails or Brad Nails

2? Finish Nails

4 ? Bun Feet or legs in a style of your preference

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Sanding Supplies

Finishing Supplies


Quarter Round Trim at 8?

3 ? 12 at 8?

2 ? 16 at 10?

1 ?112 at 8?

1 ? 112 at 6?

1/4 Sheets of 3/4? Plywood or MDF (2?x4?)

1/2 Sheet of 1/4? Plywood, Particle Board, or MDF

2 ? 12 at 19 1/2? Bottom Frame

2 ? 12 at 11 1/2? Bottom Frame

6 ? 12 at 8 5/8? Drawer Supports

6 ? 12 at 8 1/4? Drawer Supports

2 ? 12 at 5 1/2? Door Rails

2 ? 12 at 24 5/8? Door Stiles

1 ? 12 at 21? Top (if you don?t use plywood for the top)

10 ? 16 at 10 1/4? Drawer Sides

4 ? 16 at 7? Upper Drawer Backs

4 ? 16 at 8 1/2? Upper Drawer Fronts

1 ? 16 at 16 3/8? Lower Drawer Back

1 ? 16 at 17 7/8? Lower Drawer Front

2 ? 112 at 31 1/8? Side Panels

1 ? 112 at 24 3/4? Center Panels

1 ? 112 at 18? Bottom Panel

1 ? 112 at 17 1/2? Shelf

1 ? 112 at 21? Top

4 ? 3/4? ply at 9 1/2? x 7? Upper Drawer Bottoms

1 ? 3/4? ply at 9 1/2? x 16 3/8? Lower Drawer Bottom

1 ? 1/4? ply at 19 1/2? x 31 7/8? Back Panel

Quarter Round Trim measured to fit your particular top and bottom

Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting 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 on the main page of my site.

Build your Base: Miter your frame corners and fasten together using your pocket hole system set for 3/4? stock and your 1 1/4? pocket hole screws and glue. Attach your bun feet. You will most likely pre-drill with a 1/4? drill bit, but this will need to be determined by the exact feet or legs you choose.

Attach the Bottom, Sides, Shelves, and Center Panel: Build the box and fasten the panels together as shown by using your pocket hole system set for 3/4? stock and your 1 1/4? pocket hole screws and glue. Attach the Box to the Base using 2? screws and glue. If you aren?t using a pocket hole system you will need to use 2? screws to fasten the panels in place and be sure to countersink and use glue. All pieces on the box will sit in 1/4? from the back edge of the frame to allow for attaching the back panel later.

Fasten the Back Panel in Place. Use 7/8? finish nails or brad nails to tack in place, and use glue.

Build and then Fasten the Drawer Supports in place. The pieces will sit as shown below. The drawer supports (yellow/brown) will be fastened together and to the side and center panel using your pocket hole system set for 3/4? stock and your 1 1/4? pocket hole screws and glue. Fasten the rails (brown) to the stiles (yellow) and then fasten to the panels.

Build the Drawers and Door. The Drawer bottom will sit inset and the drawer sides and front/back will be cut from 16?s. Use your pocket hole system to fasten the drawer bottom to the sides, front, and back, and to fasten the back to the sides, and the sides to the front. You will set it for 3/4? stock and use 1 1/4? pocket hole screws and glue. You will build 4 upper drawers and 1 lower drawer. To build the door, simply build a face frame as you did for the drawer supports in the step above. Fasten the rails (yellow) to the stiles using your pocket hole system set for 3/4? stock and your 1 1/4? pocket hole screws and glue. To attach the plexi or glass insert, simply attach on the inside of the door using mirror clips or if you prefer you can router out a groove for the glass to slide into. You will want to router your pieces prior to fastening together, then after you fasten the lower rail and the stiles together, slide in your glass or plexi insert, then fasten the top rail in place.

If there is a bit too much wiggle room for your insert, use clear silicone on the inside to hold it in place a bit more.

Fasten the Trim to the Top and the Bottom of the unit. Miter (cope) the corners of the trim and fasten to the unit and the top using 2? finish nails and glue. The image below shows 1/2? quarter round trim, because I like the way 1/2? sits slightly below the top of the top, but please feel free to use 3/4? quarter round or any other style of trim that you prefer. Fasten the top to the unit using 2? finish nails and glue.

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

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