DIY Crate Cabinet with Sliding Drawers

Making cabinet out of crate is a brilliant idea and it is a fun project too. Follow these steps to make you one and with sliding drawers too for a little sophistication.

Step 1. Materials and tools


  • 4 pair – 16” drawer slides
  • Oak veneer tape
  • Oak veneer plywood for top cabinet
  • 1 – 1” x 2” x 8 feet of poplar planks
  • 4 – 4” x 1” x 8 feet of poplar planks
  • 4 crates



  • Miter saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Circular saw
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Clamping square
  • Clamp
  • Wood glue
  • Metal woodworking rule
  • Deck screws
  • Finishing nails

Step 2. Cut the boards to be four vertical side pieces with 4 feet length using the miter saw. The cabinet for this project is four feet long. However, you can make your own adjustment.

You can make the cabinet shorter with the drawers spaces are a little bit closer to each other. Or, you can make the cabinet much taller with the drawers spaces are farther apart.

Prepare 12 pieces with 11” length boards as the sides and bottom supports of the cabinet. Each side of the cabinet will need five pieces each. The bottom will need two pieces across the cabinet frame bottom. Cut three pieces of 15” length boards as the back supports of the cabinet.

Step 3. Cut eight pieces of 1 ¼” x 16 ½” boards as to attach the inside parts of the craters in which the drawer slides will be inserted. These board pieces are used to give additional supports for the drawer slides. Attach all pieces into the inside parts of the craters using glue.

Step 4. Secure each end of the crater with some nails for additional strength.

Step 5. Insert each drawer slide into each crate.

Step 6. After the craters are ready, the next step is to build the cabinet sides. Attach the pieces for the top and the bottom cabinet using Kerg jig for making some pocket holes.

Step 7. Use the remaining three support pieces to build another frame similar to the first frame.

Step 8. As the first frame is ready, attach each drawer slide into the frame. As shown in the picture, place each crate into its spot onto the cabinet frame.

Step 9. Mark each spot for each crate on the frame.

Step 10. Attach each drawer slide into the spot and secure the joint using screws. To make it accurate, use a square to check the levelness of the drawer slide.

Step 11. After the drawer slides are all installed into one frame side, clamp this frame with the second frame side altogether.

Step 12. Attach the drawer slides into the second frame side. The levelness of the slides can be determined from the positions of the slides in the first frame side. You can use long ruler to draw the lines.

Step 13. After two frame sides are ready, position the sides facing each other with the drawer slides facing inside. Then, slide the drawers into the cabinet. It is to make sure that the drawers and slides are fitted perfectly into the cabinet.

Step 14. Build the cabinet. Use clamps, clamping square and some scrap board to help you with this assembly.

Step 15. After the cabinet is square, secure each bottom support using some screws.

Step 16. Then, screw all remaining three supports for cabinet back in place.

Step 17. For cabinet top, cut 16 ¼” x 19 ½” of oak veneer plywood and glue this board onto the cabinet frame top. To cover the rough edges of the plywood, you can use the oak veneer tape.

Apply some glue into this oak veneer tape. Hold the joint altogether using painter’s tape until the glue is set. This veneer tape is easy to be trimmed with the box cutter whenever the glue is already set.

Step 18. The veneer tape can be a useful tool to make a finished top look.