Free Woodworking Plans to Build a West Elm Inspired 2×2 Parsons Cube

06.07.11 By //

Such a simple plan and will work with so many design styles even though it’s modern as a stand alone piece. Add a basket underneath, give it a rubbed finish, a voila a rustic version you shall have.

Some of the Other Pieces in the 2×2 Collection:

Estimated Cost 

Under $25


  • Tape Measure
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Kreg Jig
  • Saw
  • 1 – 2×2 at 8’
  • 2 – 1×2 at 6’
  • 1/4 Sheet of 3/4” Ply at 2’x4’
  • 3″ Screws
  • 2” Screws
  • 1 1/4″ Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • A. 4 – 1×2 at 18″ (Base Frame)
  • B. 4 – 1×2 at 16.5″ (Base Frame)
  • C. 4 – 3/4” x 3/4” Square Dowel Trim at 16 1/2″ (Shelf Supports)
  • D. 4 – 3/4” x 3/4” Square Dowel Trim at 15″ (Shelf Supports)
  • E. 4 – 2×2 at 15″ (Legs)
  • F. 2 – 3/4″ Plywood at 16 1/2″x16 1/2″ (Shelf Tops)

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 

Build your Base Frame: Join the Outside 1×2’s using 2” Screws and Glue. Fasten the 3/4” square dowel trim to the 1×2’s using 1 1/4” screws and glue. Be sure to countersink for the most professional appearance.

Step 2 

Drop in the Base Top: Use your 1 1/4” screws and glue to attach from underneath the 3/4” square trim pieces. Avoid placing screws in the corners as you will need to have that space free for the next step to secure the Legs.

Step 3 

Fasten the Legs in Place: Use 3” Screws and glue to fasten each leg in place and place 2 screws per leg from underneath, up through the 3/4” square trim, and through the base top into the Legs themselves.

Step 4 

Construct the Upper Frame just as in Step 1. Attach it to the Legs using 2” screws and glue and by securing down into the legs through the 3/4” square trim.

Step 5 

Drop in the Top: If you want to secure this top down, you may using finish nails. I would most likely leave it unsecured for ease of cleaning and removing.

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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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