DIY Shaker style home office cabinet - Making the top cabinet

This Shaker style cabinet or cupboard is perfect for setting up a home office, or leave our the keyboard slider and use as a TV cabinet, or even a linen or storage cupboard. You will find instructions here for making the base cupboard and on this page we make the top section.



1 of 500 x 900mm - top
2 of 50 x 1100mm - cabinet fronts
2 x 452 x 1100mm - sides
1 of 452 x 836mm - base
3 of 452 x 836mm - top cabinet / shelves
1 of 452 x (836 less width of runners) - keyboard shelf
2 of 380 x 1100mm - doors
4 x 45mm cut screws
Optional: 3 x 50mm supawood strips for doors
8 butt hinges and 16mm screws
2 knobs or handles
2 drawer runners and 16mm screws


Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
Countersink bit
Orbital or random orbit sander plus 240-grit sanding pads
Tape measure and pencil


NOTE: All sections are assembled by pre-drilling 3mm countersunk pilot holes and using 4 x 45mm screws unless otherwise specified.

1. The sides and front panels are assembled in the same way as the base. Insert the base and top sections and drill through the sides to secure.

2. The length of the keyboard shelf is 836mm less the width of the drawer runners, and since there are various designs available, you will need to purchase drawer runners before ordering your board, or cut the keyboard shelf to fit.

3. Add the bottom shelf and any additional shelves after attaching the keyboard shelf.

4. Attach the doors as per the base cabinet. 3mm supawood strips are glued around the edge of the doors to add Shaker style to the finished look.

Not responsible for errors or omissions