Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Mod Office Low Shelf

07.03.11 By //

I love the versatility of this collection and that you can essentially choose which pieces fit your needs and build! Below you see the Low Shelf with a 3 Drawer unit and the Table Top

Of course it's quite a beauty on it's own too! Of course how you arrange them is entirely up to you! perhaps 2 of these with a table top between them, or one dividing up a work space for two people…any way you slice it it's pretty fabulous

Estimated Cost 


  • Tape Measure
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Iron – for the edge banding.
  • Saw – Circular Saw or Table Saw
  • Kreg Jig 
  • Nail Gun – optional if you plan to attach the top with finish nails
  • 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 painted or white (no painting required and very durable).
  • 1 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws. * For MDF choose Coarse Thread Screws or Dry Wall Screws.
  • 1 1/4″ Screws
  • 1 1/2″- 2″ Finish Nails – optional for attaching the top.
  • 3/4″ Iron on Edge Banding that matches the material you choose to build with.
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 2 – 3/4″ at 48 x 17″ (Top and Bottom)
  • 2 – 3/4″ at 26 1/4 x 13″ (Front Sides)
  • 1 – 3/4″ at 26 1/4 x 15 1/2″ (Center Panel)
  • 1 – 3/4″ at 26 1/4 x 17″ (Back Panel)
  • 1 – 3/4″ at 46 1/2 x 15 1/2″ (Unit Base)
  • 1 – 3/4″ at 34 1/4 x 17″ (Longer Back Shelf)
  • 1 – 3/4″ at 15 1/2 x 12 1/4″ (Shorter Front Shelf)
  • 2 – 1×2 at 45″ (Base Frame)
  • 2 – 1×2 at 15 1/2″ (Base Frame)
  • 3 – 1×2 at 14″ (Base Connectors)



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 the Box: use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue

Step 2 

Attach the Shelf in place: Begin with the long back shelf first. Use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 3 

Fasten the Smaller Front Shelf in place: use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 4 

Fasten the Top to the Box: Use 2″ Finish Nails and glue or Wood Screws, just be sure to countersink them. 

Step 5 

Attach the Unit Base: use 1 1/4″ Screws to attach the frame pieces to each other and then to attach the connectors to the unit

Step 7 

Step 8 

Step 9 

Step 11 

Step 12 

Step 13 

Finishing Instructions 

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

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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