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How to Build a DIY Apothecary Cabinet

March 1, 2015 by Scott - Saws on Skates

Hey there friends! Need a nightstand, end table or just some stylish storage for your bathroom? Then stay tuned… today we’re building this DIY apothecary cabinet!

Perfect! This small DIY apothecary cabinet would be prefect as end table, night stand or for storage in the bathroom. Plus the plans are easy to follow. Putting this project my to do list!

I needed a table next to my couch. Ya know, a place for a lamp, to set a drink, to store magazines and hide the TV remote. I always liked the look of apothecary cabinets, so I decided to meld all of my needs into one piece!

Perfect! This small DIY apothecary cabinet would be prefect as end table, night stand or for storage in the bathroom. Plus the plans are easy to follow. Putting this project my to do list!

Here’s what I came up with… a small DIY apothecary cabinet, perfect for magazines, storing remotes and more. There are eight faux drawer fronts mounted to a single door. The “drawers” give the piece some dimension, while the door opens to reveal some great storage.

diy apothecary cabinet open

DIY Apothecary Cabinet Plan

Printed Plan
Click here to download the PDF of the Apothecary Cabinet Plan.

Materials
(1) 1x12x8
(1) 1x3x8
(1) 1/2″ 24″ x 48″ plywood
(1) 1/4″ 1x6x4 (look in hobby section of Lowe’s/Home Depot)
8 knobs
#8 1-1/4″ screws
1-1/4″ pocket screws
1-1/4″ finish nails
2 sets Euro Style inset hinges

Tools
Stanley FatMax Tape Measure
square
Kreg Jig
DEWALT Drill
DEWALT Circular Saw
Miter saw
table saw
hammer or nail gun

Step 1
Cut the Side Panels. Cut 2 pieces of 1×12 to 28″.

Perfect! This small DIY apothecary cabinet would be prefect as end table, night stand or for storage in the bathroom. Plus the plans are easy to follow. Putting this project my to do list!

Step 2
Cut the Top and Bottom. Cut 2 pieces of 1×12 to 12-1/4″ and rip to 10-3/4″ wide. Drill pocket holes in each end.

Perfect! This small DIY apothecary cabinet would be prefect as end table, night stand or for storage in the bathroom. Plus the plans are easy to follow. Putting this project my to do list!

Step 3
Cut the Bottom Rail. Cut 1×2 to 12-1/4″ and drill pocket holes in each end.

Perfect! This small DIY apothecary cabinet would be prefect as end table, night stand or for storage in the bathroom. Plus the plans are easy to follow. Putting this project my to do list!

Step 4
Assemble the Case. First attach the bottom rail. The bottom rail sets in a 1/4″ from the front. Apply glue to the ends of the bottom rail, clamp in position and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

Next attach the bottom. Put a piece of scrap 1×2 towards the back of the case (opposite the bottom rail). The piece of scrap will support the bottom until it’s attached. Apply glue to the ends of the bottom and position so the front is flush with the front of the case. Clamp and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

Finally attach the top. Apply glue to each end of the top and position so that the front edge is flush with the front of the case and the top is flush with the top of the sides.

Note: Top and Bottom set in 1/2″ from the back.

Perfect! This small DIY apothecary cabinet would be prefect as end table, night stand or for storage in the bathroom. Plus the plans are easy to follow. Putting this project my to do list!

Step 5
Cut the back panel. Check back opening dimensions and adjust if necessary. Use a crosscut jig to cut plywood to 26-1/2″ and rip to 12-1/4″. Apply glue and attach using 1-1/4″ finish nails.

Perfect! This small DIY apothecary cabinet would be prefect as end table, night stand or for storage in the bathroom. Plus the plans are easy to follow. Putting this project my to do list!

Step 6
Cut 1×12 shelf to 12-1/4″ and rip to 10-1/4″ wide. Cut two pieces of scrap to 12-1/8″. Use the scraps to support the middle shelf and then attach shelf to sides using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Remove the scraps.

Note: Shelf sets in 1/2″ from the front of the cabinet and is flush against the back.

Perfect! This small DIY apothecary cabinet would be prefect as end table, night stand or for storage in the bathroom. Plus the plans are easy to follow. Putting this project my to do list!

Step 7
Make the Door. Check door opening dimensions and adjust if necessary. The door should have 1/8″ clearance on each side. Cut plywood to 24-3/4″ and rip to 12″. Cut 8 drawer fronts. The drawer fronts are held in place using the knobs. The drawer fronts set in from the edge of the door approximately 3/16″ and are spaced about 3/4″ apart from each other. Attach the door using 2 sets Euro Style inset hinges hinges (follow the directions that come with the hinges to install).

Perfect! This small DIY apothecary cabinet would be prefect as end table, night stand or for storage in the bathroom. Plus the plans are easy to follow. Putting this project my to do list!

Step 8
Cut (5) 1×3 top pieces to 14-3/4″, glue and clamp together for 24 hours. Drill four (4) elongated holes (elongating the holes allow the top to expand and contract) in the top shelf of the cabinet. From inside the cabinet, attach the top using 1 1/4″ screws and washers.

Perfect! This small DIY apothecary cabinet would be prefect as end table, night stand or for storage in the bathroom. Plus the plans are easy to follow. Putting this project my to do list!

I finished the apothecary cabinet with a coat of General Finishes “Dark Brown” wood dye followed with coat of General Finishes “Ebony” wood dye and then a coat of Minwax “Ebony” stain. If I had to do it over again I would do this and top it with a few applications of my favorite DIY finish to give it a hand rubbed look.

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