Board and Batten Shop Cabinets

Updated on February 1st, 2014 by A. S. Nevalainen

I have a hard time calling this board and batten, it’s odd how that term has evolved.  If you search for board and batten window shutters, you’ll see this exact style.  But it might be slightly more accurate to call this plank style.  Regardless, I like the farmhouse look for cabinets or doors, especially for the shop.

Board and Batten Cabinets

It’s made entirely of clear Douglas Fir.  I biscuit-joined the planks together before screwing the battens from the inside with wood screws.  The handles are cast iron.  Three coats of Satin Polyurethane.


The cabinets are hung over baseboard heaters.  I put two layers of thin duct insulation underneath the cabinet to deflect the heat.  Worked really well, the inside bottom of the cabinet doesn’t even feel warm when the heater is running.


Bottom face frame overhang.

I made a point to match the grain in the vertical and horizontal boards in line with each of the four cabinet doors (e.g. top and bottom cabinet door plank boards are grain matching).