Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Land of Nod Inspired Shelfpalooza Organizer

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I know you all love the smaller version of this piece and so we bring you the 'shelf' sized version! This collection is so great for organization! It can sit on the floor so little ones can reach it, and can be stacked to double the height and storage capability! It might even mount to a desk or dresser!

Estimated Cost 


Dimensions for This Project

  • Safety Gear
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Table Saw
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer or Brad nailer
  • 1 sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 1 – 1×2 at 6’
  • 1/4 sheet of ¼” lauan or hardboard measuring at least 18” x 34”
  • 1- 1/4” pocket hole screws
  • Iron On Edge Banding, if desired
  • Wood filler
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Wood Glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 2 – 15” x 17-1/4” of ¾” plywood – Sides
  • 1 – 15” x 35-1/2” of ¾” plywood – Bottom
  • 1 – 12” x 35-1/2” of ¾” plywood – Shelf
  • 1 – 10” x 37” of ¾” plywood – Top
  • 2 – 1×2 at 15-1/4” – Lower Side Trim
  • 1 – 1×2 at 38-1/2” – Lower Trim
  • 1 – 18” x 34” of ¼” lauan or hardboard for back

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 

**You will want to apply the edge banding to any exposed plywood edges before assembly ** Cut the pieces as indicated for the sides. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill holes in the top of the sides for the top. You will have a left and a right.

Step 2

Step 2 

Cut the piece for the bottom and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the sides with pocket screws and glue, and with the bottoms being flush.

Step 3

Step 3 

Cut the piece for the shelf and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach with the spacing indicated.

Step 4

Step 4 

Cut the piece for the top. The front will overlap the sides by 1”. Attach the top to the sides through the pocket holes on the sides.

Step 5

Step 5 

Cut the pieces for the trim. Attach the side trim first with glue and a brad nailer, then attach the front trim in the same manner. The bottom of the trim will be flush with the bottom of the shelf.

Step 6

Cut the piece for the back from the ¼” material. Attach to the back with glue and brad nails

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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