Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PotteryBarn Inspired Stuff your Stuff Tower Base

06.17.11 By //

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So this plan begins a new series of pieces, and yes we are in the midst of a few other collections but hey, why not keep it interesting, no? This collection is fun, and function, true to the PB Teen methodology of things…I can see that this would serve the needs of teens, kids, and adults alike, so I won’t limit you by suggesting this can only be dorm or teen related pieces.

Dimensions for This Project



Tape Measure



Kreg Jig – this is optional but will make some of your connections much much easier…recommended.

Saw – Optional if you have your local lumber supply cut your boards.

**Jig Saw, hole saw bit – for the plug holes in back panel if desired


1 – 1×2 at 6’

1 – 1×3 at 6’

1 Sheet 3/4” Plywood

**1/2 Sheet (4’x4’) of 1/4” Plywood, Particle Board, or MDF (optional if you choose to add a back and how large you want that back, see below)


**2” Wood Screws – not needed if using Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System

1 1/4” Pocket Hole Screws

2” Finish Nails

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Sanding Supplies

Finishing Supplies

Cut List 

2 – 1×2 at 29 1/4” Face Frame Stiles

2 – 1×3 at 21 1/2” Face Frame Rails

1 – 3/4” Ply at 24 1/2” x 24 1/2” Top

2 – 3/4” Ply at 22 3/4” x 23” Shelves

2 – 3/4” Ply at 22 3/4” x 29 1/4” Sides

1 – 1/4” ply at 24 1/2” x 29 1/4” Back Panel


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: Fasten the Shelves to the Sides. Use your pocket hole system set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 2

Step 2 

Build the Face Frame and Attach: Use your pocket hole system set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue with your pocket holes place in the rails (blue). Attach the Face Frame to the box using 2” Finish Nails and Glue.

Step 3

Step 3 

Fasten the Back in place: Use 7/8” Finish Nails or Brad Nails and Glue to Attach. If you plan to house electronics in this piece, consider cutting a circular hole in the back in the appropriate place.

Step 4

Step 4 

Attach the Top: Fasten in place using 2” Finish Nails and glue. The top will only overhang on the front and will sit flush with the back and sides.

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


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