Free Woodworking Plans to Build a West Elm Inspired Mod Office Tall Shelf

06.30.11 By //

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We covered this collection almost a year ago, and it's just as valid today as it was then…I adore the Mod Office Collection!

Building 2 of these with the Top forms a furniture piece that is bar height, a craft or desk area, that works well with a bar stool.

Dimensions for This Project



Tape Measure




Kreg Jig

Iron – for the edge banding.


2 – 1×2 at 8'

2 Sheets – 3/4″ Plywood, MDF, or Melamine

**Choose Plywood for staining, MDF for painting and Melamine if you prefer a unit that is white (no painting required and very durable).


**Kreg Jig Owners: 1 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws.

For MDF choose Coarse Thread Screws or Dry Wall Screws.

2″ Screws – ** Kreg Owners will not need this item and will use the 1 1/2″ PHS in place of this.

1 1/4″ Screws

3/4″ Iron on Edge Banding that matches the material you choose to build with.

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Sanding Supplies

Finishing Supplies

Cut List 

2 – 3/4″ @ 38 x 14″ (Top and Bottom)

2 – 3/4″ @ 34 1/4 x 13″ (Front Sides)

1 – 3/4″ @ 34 1/4 x 12 1/2″ (Center Panel)

1 – 3/4″ @ 34 1/4 x 14″ (Back Panel)

1 – 3/4″ @ 36 1/2 x 12 1/2″ (Unit Base)

2 – 3/4″ @ 24 1/4 x 14″ (Longer Back Shelf)

2 – 3/4″ @ 12 1/2 x 12 1/4″ (Shorter Front Shelf)

3 – 1×2 @ 11″ Base Connectors

2 – 1×2 @ 12 1/2″ Base Frame

2 – 1×2 @ 35″ Base Frame


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 the Box: Use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue or you can use 2″ Screws and glue, just be sure to countersink for the most professional appearance.

Step 2

Step 2 

Fasten the Shelves in Place: Begin with the longer shelves on the backside and use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue or you might use 2″ Screws and glue, just be sure to countersink.

Step 3

Step 3 

Attach the Top: Use 2″ Screws.

Step 4

Step 4 

Attach the Base: Use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue to fasten the base frame together, and to attach the connector pieces to the base frame. Then use 1 1/4″ Screws and glue to fasten the connector pieces to the unit itself.

Use Iron on Edge Banding for exposed edges. You can generally purchase this to match your particular materials used for building.

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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