Monday, February 16, 2015

Pottery Barn Locker Cabinet Knockoff

I love this pottery barn wood locker cabinet.

The online store has them in white, red and espresso color with different style doors.

I am trying to finish Aidan's bedroom and need a couple of those to store his books out of sight. I particularly like the red cabinet. It would add a nice touch of color to his gray walls and dark furniture.

After doing some research, I was able to sketch a design based on the plans I found on this website. This plan is for a double vintage wooden locker cabinet but I wanted two single cabinets so I made a few modifications.

I was so excited to get started that I forgot to document this furniture making process!
If you follow the instructions on the website and put your engineering mind and skills to the task, you will end up with a something like this....

My cabinets measurements:

The cabinets:
16 inches deep X 72.75 inches tall X 16.5 inches wide.
The doors:
14.75 wide X 69.75 tall
The Shelves:
15 inches X 15 inches

Tools Used:

- Circular saw (I find it easier to use than the table saw for trimming the door width)
- Miter saw  (for trimming small pieces)
- Router (for door grooves resembling paneling)
- Kreg Jig Pocket hole kit (for joining the top and bottom pieces to the side panels)
- Kreg Jig shelf hole kit
- Brad Nail Gun (for attaching the back panels and foot trim)

Instead of buying large plywood panels and cut them to size as the website suggests, I purchased:

- 6 wood furniture panels that measure 72x16 for all four sides and both doors. (photo here)
- 3 panels that measure 48x16 for the 2 tops, 2 bottom pieces and 5 shelves. I am missing a shelf in one of the cabinets though, So if you want 6 shelves (which makes more sense), then I suggest you purchase a longer panel. My local Lowes was out of them at the time and I was in a big hurry :-)
- 2 (1/4 inch thick x 2 x 2) wood pieces trimmed to 1.5 inches high X 16.5 wide to fit the front foot of the cabinet
- 4 (3/4 inch thick x 2 x 15) wood pieces to support the middle shelf for cabinet stability
- 1/4 inch thick paneling for the back
- 6 (3/4 inches) Hinges
- 2 Cabinet handles
- 4 Cabinet magnet latches for the tops and bottoms of each locker
- Paint or Stain
- Sand paper
- Kreg Jig Wood Screws
- Nails for Brad nail gun

I added the metal plaques. Those were a great find at $2 a piece from Pottery Barn.


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  2. Great posting! I really like what you did with your cabinets.

  3. what the wardrobe, it's beautiful. i think i can make it. My wife will be very happy. You gave me the great idea to use my saws.

  4. Awesome for locker cabinet! I will do that for my house according to your ideas. Thank you for sharing!

  5. That looks nice! I also use Pottery Barn and Ikea products to get ideas for my next DIY project.