In the last few months, my parents took a leap and bought a cabin in Northern Michigan. The place is seriously beautiful – cedar siding, pine walls throughout, and the lot is surrounded with mature trees. It’s a great weekend getaway for our family and I guarantee that memories will be made there for years to come. However, with every new home comes the need for new furniture. To add to the cabin’s kitchen storage, I’ve built this pine “Jelly Cupboard”. I actually really dislike that “Jelly Cupboard” is the term for this thing, so from now on I’m just going to call it a pine cupboard. Here’s a breakdown on this piece:
Dimensions: 35″ Wide, 48″ Tall, 12 3/4″ Deep
Time Investment: 6-8 Hours
Material Cost: $115
- Miter Saw
- Circular Saw
- Power Drill
- Kreg Jig Mini
- Hand Sander
- Speed Square
- Eye Protection
- Staple Gun
- (1) 1 x 10 x 96″ Pine
- (2) 1 x 12 x 96″ Pine
- (5) 1 x 3 x 96″ Pine
- (1) 1 x 2 x 48″ Pine
- 1/4″ Sheet of Plywood
- Wood Glue
- Wire Mesh
- Handles, hinges, magnetic clasps
- Paint or Stain
- 1 1/4″ Pocket Screws
- Finishing Nails
Step 1 – Make Cuts
For this piece, you will need to make the following cuts:
- (2) 1 x 12 @ 47 1/4″
- (3) 1 x 10 @ 32″
- (1) 1 x 12 @ 32″
- (1) 1 x 12 @ 35″
- (2) 1 x 3 @ 44 3/4″
- (1) 1 x 3 @ 33 1/2″
- (1) 1 x 2 @ 35″
- (4) 1 x 3 @ 9 3/4″
- (4) 1 x 3 @ 41 1/2″
- (1) 1/4″ Plywood @ 48 x 33 1/2″
Step 2 – Assemble Outer Frame
The cupboard’s outer frame will be assembled with all four 1 x 12 boards. Begin by drilling two 3/4″ pocket holes into one end of each 47 1/4″ board and two into both ends of the 32″ board.
Using 1 1/4″ pocket screws and wood glue, attach the 32″ board to the longer boards leaving 3″ from the bottom of each.
With 3/4″ overhang on each side, attach the 35″ board to the top. This completes the outer shell of the cupboard.
Step 2 – Attach Shelves
This cupboard has three shelves, and all are made from the 32″ 1 x 10 pine boards. To attach these, drill pocket holes in the same fashion as the bottom board of the frame – two on each end. Attach them with wood glue and pocket screws at 13 3/4″, 24 1/2″, and 35 1/4″ from the bottom of the side boards.
Step 3 – Add Face Frame and Back Piece
The face frame of the cabinet will be comprised of the 44 3/4″ and 33 1/2″ 1 x 3 boards as well as the 35″ 1 x 2 board. First, attach the 33 1/2″ board just under the top of the piece with wood glue and finishing nails. In the same manner, attach the longer 1 x 3 boards down the sides, flush with the edges of the outer frame. The 1 x 2 board will attach directly to the top face frame piece, along the edge of the top outer frame piece. Check the frame with your speed square to make sure the frame is at a 90° angle.
Using finishing nails on all edges, attach your plywood sheet to the back of the cupboard.
Step 4 – Assemble Doors
The doors will be assembled from all remaining 1 x 3 boards. If everything is going right, you should be left with four at 9 3/4″ and four at 41 1/2″. You will drill two pocket holes into each end of the small boards.
When assembling the doors, it is important to keep a true 90° angle. I clamped two scrap pieces to the edge of my work bench and had my speed square handy when I assembled the doors. You will use wood glue and pocket screws to hold everything together.
Step 5 – Sand and Paint
I sanded the entire piece with 80 grit first to knock off any rough edges, and with 220 grit after to smooth the surface.
Using Glidden Diamond paint in the color “Red Delicious”, I painted the cupboard with two coats. This paint has a built in primer for even coverage on the raw wood and the satin finish gives it a smooth look.
Step 4 – Attach Wire Mesh
After cutting the wire mesh to size (leaving room on each edge to attach), I attached it to the inside of the painted doors using a staple gun.
Step 5 – Attach Doors and Hardware
I used some scrap wood to keep the doors level during assembly. After fitting the doors into place, I attached them with the hinges at 3″ from the top and bottom of the doors. The hinges and handles I used are from Home Depot but you may use any that you like. Magnetic closures attached at the bottom will keep the doors from swinging open at random.
Step 5 – Enjoy Your New Pine Cupboard!
This pine cupboard is going to make the perfect addition to our cabin. As soon as it’s there, I will update you all with a picture! Where in your home would you love to put one of these? One could fit perfectly in my home office, or even in the family room.
I hope you enjoyed this build! I hope to see you back next week 🙂
Psalm 55:22 – “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.”