Build Your Own Rustic Cabinet

What You'll Need
One piece of pine lumber, 1 inch by 12 inches by 10 feet
One piece of pine lumber, 1 inch by 12 inches by 4 feet
One piece of pine plywood, 3 feet by 3 feet
Four cedar logs, 3 1/2 feet long and 4 inches in diameter
36 wood screws, 1/4 inch and 1 3/8 inches long
Skill saw
Wood putty or filler and putty knife
Wood stain

A rustic cabinet is a style of furniture that implies unfinished or rough wood. Cedar and pine are common materials for rustic furniture, but other unfinished woods may also work. Rustic furniture often conjures images of a rural or country setting.

Step 1 – Cut the Lumber

Cut the 10-foot piece of lumber into three pieces, each piece 3 feet long. Use the square to draw a straight sawing line. You will have 1 foot of scrap left over. If you cannot find a 4-foot piece, you may have to cut an 8-foot piece in half (in which case, you will have 4 feet of scrap left over). Level the ends of the cedar logs so they are flat on each end. Although you don't have to debark the logs, you may find them easier to saw without bark. Each log needs to be the same length of at least 3 feet 4 inches.

Step 2 – Put the Sides and Back of the Rustic Cabinet Together

Position one of your lumber pieces with the 1-inch end facing up. Line up the edge of this piece with the edge of the plywood. Put screws in each corner and two equally distanced apart from the corners. Do the same on the opposite side of the plywood with the other piece of lumber.

Step 3 – Install the Top and Bottom of the Rustic Cabinet

For the bottom, stand the sides and the back up and place one of the 3-foot pieces of lumber on the top. Line the edges up with each side and the back. Put screws in each of the three corners and two screws equally distanced between each corner. There should be 10 screws in the bottom of the cabinet.

Turn the rustic cabinet right side up and place the 4-foot piece of lumber on the top, with 6 inches extending on either side of the cabinet. This piece forms the top of the cabinet. Using a level, make sure the sides are straight. Screw the top on in each corner and place two screws equally distanced between each corner.

Step 4 – Install the Legs

Place one of the logs underneath the top of the rustic cabinet, in one corner. Line up the edge of the log with the edge of the corner of the top of the cabinet. This step will raise the rustic cabinet off the floor approximately 6 inches, depending on how much of the logs you cut off to make them even. Put each of the logs under a corner of the top of the cabinet and screw the corners of the top to each log, using two screws in each corner.

Step 5 – Finish

Use a punch to inset the screws slightly in the wood and fill the holes with putty or filler the same color as the wood. Smooth the filler with a putty knife and wipe off any excess. If you plan to use a stain, be sure you buy a putty or filler that can be stained.