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This plan is so simple, but when I saw it, it had me excited to build it right away. I guess we know where I will be headed this afternoon! Funny how that happens... This retails for $399 for 1 unit! The cost to build it yourself...$25. Incredible right? I love that it adds just a bit of interest to an otherwise standard cubby system and allows you the modular ability to stack and stand side by side. I just adore options!

Estimated Cost

Under $25

  • Tape Measure
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Kreg Jig - Optional but quite handy and worth your while
  • 1 - 1x12 at 10' (2 shelves, 1 side)
  • 1 - 1x12 at 8' (1 side, 1 shelf)
  • 1 - 1x3 at 8' 2 - 1x2 at 8'
  • Consider adding Bronze Label Holders like these or these in brass
  • 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws
  • 2" Wood Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sanding Suppies
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 - 1x12 at 36" Sides
  • 3 - 1x12 at 40 1/2" Top, bottom, and middle shelves
  • 4 - 1x12 at 16 7/8" Divider Shelves
  • 12 - 1x2 at 13" Support Cleats (you can get away with only 6 if you prefer, but this will depend on what you will use this cubby system for)
  • 2 - 1x3 at 42 1/2" Front Rails

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
Step 1

Build your box and fasten the Shelves to the Sides using a Pocket Hole System set for 3/4" stock and your 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. If you aren't using a pocket hole system, use glue and 2" screws...be sure to countersink.

Step 2
Step 2

Fasten the Divider Shelves in place using your pocket hole system set for 3/4" stock and your 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. If you aren't using a pocket hole system, use 2" screws and glue and screw at an angle, be sure to countersink.

Step 3
Step 3

Fasten the Support cleats in place: **This step is optional and will depend on your ultimate use for this unit. If you plan to stack them 2 or 3 high, I recommend this step. If not and you will opt for a single row of units, you can probably do without this step (I did for mine which was only a single unit, one high). Use your Pocket Hole System set for 3/4" stock and your 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. If you aren't using a pocket hole system, use 2" screws and glue, screw at an angle where necessary and be sure to countersink and pre-drill.

Step 4
Step 4

Add Rails to the front. Use 2" Screws and Glue to secure, be sure to countersink for the most professional appearance and fasten to the sides, shelves and dividers.

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School



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