Easier 36″ Corner Base Kitchen Cabinet – Momplex Vanilla Kitchen

Grandma who likes to sew really loves her lazy susan, so we went ahead and kept that for the shelving inside the cabinet.

But inside is a little different.  The tops and bottoms are both made of finished plywood (see step 1 on how to get all the 3/4″ plywood pieces on one sheet of plywood).

And the back is 1/4″ plywood – to match the rest of the cabinets.

Check out the plans for this easier to build 36″ base kitchen corner cabinet below, and also the original plans here.

And also check out the tutorial on adding hinges and doors to this cabinet here.

And also a base cabinet building tutorial by the man himself:

Thanks so much for reading – hope you find this plan useful!

XO Ana + Fam

Shopping List:

1 – sheet 3/4″ plywood (we used prefinished PureBond in Maple)
1 – sheet 1/4″ plywood (we used prefinished PureBond in Maple)
scrap 3/4″ plywood for supports
10 feet of 1x2s in hardwood to match doors (we used poplar for a paint grade finish)

3/4 inch finish nails
1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
Elmer’s Wood Glue


measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
miter saw
table saw
brad nailer
random orbital sander

General Instructions:

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Dimensions shown above

Cut List:

2 – 3/4″ plywood @ 34-3/4″ x 34-3/4″ (top and bottom)
2 – 3/4″ plywood @ 34-1/2″ x 22-1/4″ (sides)
2 – 1x4s or scrap plywood pieces @ 34-1/3″ long (back supports)
1 – 3/4″ plywood @ 5″ x 15″ (bottom support)
1 – 3/4″ plywood @ 5″ x 34-3/4″ (support support)
2 – 1/4″ plywood @ 34-1/2″ x 35-1/2″ (back)


2 – 1×2 @ 27″
2 – 1×2 @ 13-1/2″
2 – 1×2 @ 12-3/4″

11-5/8″ x 28-1/2″

Step 1:

You can get all the pieces cut from a single sheet of plywood if you are careful. I’d cut the bottom off first for the two sides at 34-1/2″, and then cut the two side out of the remaining pieces. You’ll have to use your jigsaw to cut the toekicks and inside corner of the top and bottom. See step 2 and 3 for sizes on the top, bottom and sides.

Step 2 Instructions:

The back corner of the top and bottom needs to be notched out for the back supports. We used the scrap piece of plywood from ripping the sides (about 3-1/2″ wide) for these pieces, but you could also use 1×4 boards. Notch out with a jigsaw to fit the boards.

Step 3 Instructions:

TIP: Before assembly, drill 3/4″ pocket holes on outsides of sides, top and bottom for attaching face frame in later steps.

Attach top and bottom to sides, leaving a 5″ gap underneath bottom shelves.

Step 4 Instructions:

Attach back to the top and bottom, leaving a 5″ gap underneath bottom shelf.

Step 5 Instructions:

Attach bottom supports to base.

Step 6 Instructions:

Attach 1/4″ plywood to back with finish nails and glue – we use 3/4″ finish nails.

Step 7 Instructions:

Build the face frame separately, and then attach to front of cabinet. Note that the face frame overextends the sides of the cabinet by 1/4″.

Step 8 Instructions:

We used full overlay doors – here’s the sizes we ordered.

Preparation Instructions:

Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Project Type:
Kitchen Cabinets

Estimated Cost:
$150 – $200

Kitchen Plans:

Corner Base Cabinet, Base Cabinet


Momplex, Momplex Vanilla Kitchen


Skill Level:Intermediate