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

07.04.11 By //
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This forms a furniture piece that is bar height, a craft or desk area, that works well with a bar stool.

Similar to the low Shelf, this will work beautifully in a pair with it's specified table top (plans to follow).

  • Tape Measure
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Iron – for the edge banding

**Saw – Table Saw or circular saw, unless your local blue or orange will make your cuts for you, and if they end up being accurate and exact.

  • 1 – 1×2 at 8'
  • 1 – 1×2 at 6' (unless 8' is cheaper, then get 2 of those)
  • 1 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).

  • For MDF choose Coarse Thread Screws or Dry Wall Screws
  • 1 1/4″ Screws or Nails
  • 3/4″ Iron on Edge Banding that matches the material you choose to build with
  • Wood Glue
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 1 – 3/4″ at 54 x 38″ Top
  • 4 – 1×2 at 9 1/2″ Stops
  • 4 – 1×2 at 12 1/2″ Top Frame
  • 4 – 1×2 at 33 1/2″ Top 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 

Fasten your Unit Top Frame to the Top: Use 1 1/4″ Screws or Nails and fasten from underneath.

Step 2

Step 2 

Attach The Stops to the Units: Use 1 1/4″ screws or finish nails and attach in the locations indicated below at 2 1/4″ in from the front and side for each one. This will keep your table top from shimmy shaking right off your shelves. If you gently nail these to your shelf tops, you won't damage your units so that if you want to use them with a different top or in a different arrangement later you can.

** Be sure your stops fit properly inside your Top Frame before you connect them to the Shelf Tops so that if you need to adjust you can.

Step 3

Step 3 

Set the Top on the Stops and Unit Tops.

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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