Free Woodworking Plans to Build an Ann Marie Storage and Cubby Shelves

06.15.11 By //

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I know, super cute, right? I think I would like one in every color lining the wall in my little boys room! Boys can like pink too, right?

Dimensions for This Project



Tape Measure



Saw – to cut your pieces to size.

Jig Saw – to create the arc (you can also cut out a rectangular shape if you prefer and avoid the Jig Saw)


Pneumatic Nailer (Nail Gun) or Finish Nail Set and Hammer.


1 – Sheet of 3/4″ MDF @ 4' x 8'

3 – 1×2 @ 10'

1 – 1×3 at 6'


2″ Coarse Thread Screws (or drywall screws)

2″ Finish Nails

Wood Glue

Wood Filler



Finishing Supplies

Cut List 

2 – 3/4″ MDF @ 36 x 12 3/4″ (Sides Panels)

1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 12 x 12″ (Upper Separator)

3 – 3/4″ MDF @ 22 1/2 x 12″ (Shelves)

2 – 3/4″ MDF @ 12 x 10 1/2″ (Bottom Separators)

1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 22 1/2 x 36″ (Back)

1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 22 1/2 x 6″ (Front Piece)

1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 24 x 6 3/4″ (Top)

4 – 1×2 @ 22 1/2″ (Front Trim)

1 – 1×2 @ 25 1/2″ (Front Trim)

4 – 1×2 @ 30″ (Front and Side Trim)

2 – 1×2 @ 36 3/4″ (Side Trim)

2 – 1×2 @ 9 3/4″ (Side Trim)

2 – 1×2 @ 5 1/4″ (Side Trim)

1 – 1×3 @ 25 1/2″ (Trim for Top of Front Section)


This is really easy to build and you should have no problem with it. The most difficult portion of this is using a Jig Saw to create the curved cut out near the top. You can do this quite easily by drawing out the arc on one side panel, cut it out, then use that as a template for cutting the other 2. Easy Peasy…

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 

Begin by cutting your Side Panels and Top Separator to size and then form your arc. I have given you dimensions you need to work within, but beyond that you can make the shape however you like.

Just make sure it cuts away enough to allow for open storage on the top shelf of this unit and keep in mind that the upper 1 1/2″ will need to be relatively flat to allow for the trim to be flush and flat later. Otherwise, make the arc as shallow or sloping as you like or make it rectangular if you don't have a Jig Saw (or don't care to use one), that would work just as well.

You will need 2 side panels and 1 separator. To ensure they all have the same arc, line up the left side of the separator panel to the left edge of 1 side panel and trace the arc.

Step 2

Step 2 

Build the Bottom Inserts, you will need 2 with these dimensions: Use 2″ Screws and Glue.

Step 3

Step 3 

Attach the Back: Use 2″ Screws and Wood Glue

Step 4

Step 4 

Fasten the Inserts to the Side Panels and the Back. You won't be able to fasten the shelf bottoms to the interior panels very easily, but this doesn't matter much given their attachment to the back and sides.

Step 5

Step 5 

Build the Top Insert: Begin by shortening the Separator by 3/4″ as shown below. Attach it to the shelf using 2″ Screws and Glue.

Step 6

Step 6 

Attach to Insert to the Unit and fasten the Front Piece in place: Use 2″ Screws and Glue to fasten from underneath and on the sides. Use 2″ Finish Nails to fasten to the Separator.

Step 7

Step 7 

Attach the Top: Use 2″ Finish Nails and Glue

Step 8

Step 8 

Trim out the Sides: Use 2″ Finish Nails and Glue.

Step 9

Step 9 

Trim out the Front: Use 2″ Finish Nails and Glue

Touch up and fill any Nail holes. Use Iron on Edge Banding along exposed edges or you can use your finger to run a thin layer of Spackle along any cut edges, allow to dry and sand flush. Prime with at least 2 coats of primer and paint. Seal with a polyurethane (3-4 coats) to protect your finish and give added durability to your paint.


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