This piece is the second piece in our Stuff your Stuff Collection which I plan to complete! So fun and perfect for dual function furniture and all of your living and storage needs! This piece is made to fit the Stuff your Stuff Tower Base we covered here, and is just one stop off in a very fun collection of pieces! Get your drills ready and we can assembly line build this collection!
With the Tower Base:
Kreg Jig (pocket hole system)– optional and you can secure using wood screws and a countersink bit.
Saw – optional and you can have your local lumber supply make your cuts for you.
1 – 1×2 at 10’
1 – 1×3 at 6’
1 – 3/4”x3/4” Square Dowel or Trim at 25” (every store sells this differently, probably a 3’ piece will be fine)
1 Sheet of 3/4” Ply OR 1 – 1/2 Sheet at 4’x4’ and 1 – 1/4 Sheet at 2’x4’ (you really only need 3/4 sheet of ply)
1/4 Sheet of 1/4” Ply at 2’x4’
1 1/4” Pocket Hole Screws OR 2” Wood screws
2” Finish Nails
1 1/4″ Finish Nails
2 – 3/4” Ply at 42” x 13 3/4” Sides
1 – 3/4” Ply at 23” x 13 3/4” Top
2 – 3/4” Ply at 23” x 13 1/2” Shelves
2 – 3/4” Ply at 13” x 13 1/2” Dividers Middle Cubby System
1 – 3/4” Ply at 13 1/2” x 7” Middle Cubby Small Shelf
2 – 1×3 at 23” Cleats
1 – 1×3 at 21 1/2” Face Frame Rail
2 – 1×2 at 42” Face Frame Stiles
1 – 1×2 at 24 1/2” Trim
1 – 3/4” x 3/4” Square Dowel Trim at 24 1/2”
1 – 1/4” Ply at 23” x 41 1/4” Back Panel
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.
Build the Structure: The Top will sit inside the Sides to keep from having exposed edges on the sides. Secure the Top to the Sides using your Kreg Jig set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue or your 2” screws and glue, be sure to countersink if you aren’t using a Kreg Jig.
Fasten the Cleats in Place: These are used to balance and secure the unit to a wall for added stability and use without worry of tipping. They will sit in 1/4” from the back edges of the sides and top to allow for the back panel in a later step. This will keep everything nice and contained without showing exposed edges. Secure the Cleats with your Kreg Jig and 1 1/4” pocket hole screws or use your countersink bit and pre-drill for your 2” wood screws from the outside of the sides. Use glue.
Build and Fasten the Middle Shelves and Cubbies in Place: Use your Kreg Jig to fasten the pieces together as shown and then to attach to your unit, or your 2” wood screws (be sure to countersink) and use glue .
Tack on the Back Panel: Remove a section (circular) for cords to run through of at least a 1 1/2” diameter and locate the bottom of the hole approximately 3-4” above the bottom of the panel. This will sit perfectly inside the Sides and Top if you have allowed for the back panel as suggested in Step 2. Secure with 1 1/4” finish nails and glue.
Build out the Face Frame and Attach: Use your Kreg Jig on a 3/4” stock setting and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue, to construct the face frame. Place your pocket holes in the Blue Rail and then secure to the unit using 2” finish nails and glue. If you aren't using a Kreg Jig, simply glue the frame together and use finish nails to secure to the unit.
Add the Trim: You will fasten a 3/4” Square Trim Piece 3/4” down from the top of the unit and then a 1×2 will sit directly on top of that perpendicular to it. Secure the 1×2 to the 3/4” square using glue and 1 1/4” finish nails, secure to the unit using 2” finish nails.
Fill any Screw Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired!
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