Plans

Make your Own Martha Stewart Inspired Small and Tall Cubby Drawers

07.19.11
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How about a couple more accessories for this collection?  Yes please!

This plan is so simple, it has me believing you could line up your plywood strips and knock out several of these in under 30 minutes. Using a spray paint to finish these would make the process even faster and these are the perfect accessory for any home office, playroom, craft room, and any other room you would like a bit of extra storage!  How about chalkboard paint for these so you can label them the easy way?

Tools 
  • Brad Nailer (some staple guns have a brad nailer capability…mine does) or Hammer
  • Jig Saw – optional if you want to cut the curved slot from the front
Lumber 

1/4 sheet of 1/4″ Plywood, MDF or coated Particle board…something hard and stainable or paintable.

Materials 
  • 5/8″ Brad Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 

Small:

  • 2 – 1/4″ Stock at 5 3/4″ x4″ Side Panels
  • 1 – 1/4″ Stock at 5 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ Bottom Panel
  • 2 – 1/4″ Stock at 5 1/4″ x 4 ” Front and Back Panels

Tall:

  • 2 – 1/4″ Stock at 5 3/4″x6″ Side Panels
  • 1 – 1/4″ Stock at 5 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ Bottom Panel
  • 2 – 1/4″ Stock at 5 1/4″ x 6″ Front and Back Panel
Instructions 

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 

Small Cubby Drawer:

Cut your panels to size. This project will most easily (and more perfectly) be built if you are to cut 2 strips of your plywood at 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ (front and back) and the other at 5 3/4″x13 1/4″ (sides and bottom) or so and then cut your heights for the panels. This will ensure you have equal width pieces and allow you a more perfect build. You won't have inaccuracies in width that will throw you off square by doing this.

Notch out the front using a jig saw, and fasten together using nails and glue.

Step 2

Step 2 

Tall Cubby Drawer:

Cut your panels to size. This project will most easily (and more perfectly) be built if you are to cut 2 strips of your plywood at 5 1/4″ x 12 1/4″ (front and back) and the other at 5 3/4″x17″ (sides and bottom) or so, and then cut your heights for the individual panels. This will ensure you have equal width pieces and allow you a more perfect build. You won't have inaccuracies in width that will throw you off square, if you construct this way.

Notch out the front using a jig saw, and fasten together using nails and glue.

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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