As mentioned in my previous post, I tried to build as many Christmas presents as possible this year, including this DIY rustic wood key cabinet I made for the Hubs. Several months ago, Hubs mentioned that he would like to have a key cabinet to store all the random keys that were strewn throughout his desk drawer. So, I filed that information into my brain as a future gift idea. Well, I decided to pull it from my brain archives just before Christmas (and I do mean just before – started this project two days before Christmas and finished it up the next day, leaving me just enough time to wrap it on Christmas Eve!) Whew!
What was great was that Hubs completely forgot he had mentioned wanting a key cabinet and was shocked that I had remembered AND built one for him! Scored some wifey points for that one! 🙂 Hubs was super happy about this gift and decided to hang the cabinet on the wall right inside the room we use as our home office. So now, every time I walk in the office my OCD-ish brain does a little happy dance that even our random, spare keys are now organized!!
Well, on to the important details – how I built this happy dance inducing key cabinet! Here are the glorious details:
|1||1″ x 2″ @ 6′|
|1||1″ x 4″ @ 6′|
|1/4 sheet||1/4″ plywood|
|1/4 sheet||3/4″ plywood|
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|#||Board Type||Cut to Size/Length:|
|1||3/4″ plywood||14″ wide x 16″ long|
|2||1″ x 4″||16″ long end to long end with each end cut to 45 degree angle|
|2||1″ x 4″||17 1/2″ long end to long end with each end cut to 45 degree angle|
|2||1″ x 2″||10 3/4″|
|2||1″ x 2″||15 3/4″|
|1||1/4″ plywood||13 3/4″ x 15 3/4″|
|4||1/4″ plywood||1″ wide x 14″ long|
Using a circular saw (and a Kreg Rip Cut if you have one – really helps to ensure a straight cut) or a table saw, cut a 3/4″ plywood board to 14″ x 16″
Next, cut two 1×4 boards to 16″ long end to long end, with each cut to 45 degrees.
Now cut two 1×4 boards to 17 1/2″ long end to long end with each end cut to 45 degree angle
Using wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails and a nail gun, attach the 1×4 boards to the sides of the 3/4″ plywood, making sure the 45 degree corners match up.
Now that the main cabinet box is built, time to build the door. First, cut two 1×2 boards to 10 3/4″ long and drill one 3/4″ pocket holes into each end of one side of each board.
Then, cut two 1×2 boards to 15 3/4″ boards each. (Before assembling the door frame, make sure the door will fit inside the cabinet box by setting the boards inside as if they were assembled, there should be just a very small space between the trim boards and the inside of the box. If the trim does not fit inside the box, cut the boards down just slightly until they are just small enough to fit inside the cabinet box.)
Once you have confirmed that the door trim will smoothly fit inside the cabinet box, assemble the frame with wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Now, using a circular saw or table saw, cut a 1/4″ piece of plywood to 13 3/4″ x 15 3/4″ (should be just slightly smaller that the frame of the door trim piece). Use wood glue and 5/8″ brad nails with a nail gun to attach the 1/4″ plywood board to the back of the frame.
Now, cut four 1/4″ plywood strips to 1 1/4″ wide x 14″ long and attach them to the back of the cabinet with wood glue. The first strip will be flush with the top of the inside of the cabinet and the additional strips will be 2 1/2″ apart.
Sand the cabinet box and door until smooth and then stain with the color of your choice, I used my goto fav – Minwax Dark Walnut.
Once the stain has dried, attach the hinges you chose (I purchased mine at Home Depot) and ensure that the door is properly aligned and sits flush with the cabinet frame. Also, attach the cabinet pull handle you chose (again, I purchased mine at Home Depot).
Next, install a magnetic door latch inside the top of the cabinet. The magnetic stop should be just deep enough to stop the door when it sits flush with the cabinet box (should be ~1 ” from the edge of the inside of the box). I didn’t get a picture of this step, but here is one after cabinet was completed:
Almost done! 🙂 Time to add the hooks to hang the keys from. Using a ruler, I first marked the location of where each hook should go. I added 7 hooks to each row. The first and last hook were 1″ from the edges of the inside of the cabinet, and the remaining hooks were 2″ apart from each other. I aligned the hooks in the center of each of the four strips of wood and predrilled the holes with a very small drill bit before screwing in the hooks.
The final step I did is not necessary, but I thought it added a little flair to the cabinet. Using a font I liked and a picture of an old-fashioned key, I printed out these designs and traced them onto the cabinet door. I then used a white paint pen to fill in the lettering and key picture. Here is a pic of the completed cabinet just before I wrapped it and put it under the tree for Hubs:
And here are some pics of the key cabinet in its final location after Xmas:
This was my first time building a project with a door on it, but it was actually very simple to build and I was able to complete it from start to finish in less than two days! Even better, I had enough scrap wood on hand that the only materials I had to buy were the hinges, door handle pull, and the magnetic door latch!