Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Crate & Barrel Inspired Pocket Collection Tower

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That's right… you guessed it! This project marks the beginning of a new collection, and a fabulous one at that! Modern clean lines, mod sensibilities, and of course the greatest thing about this collection is it's relative building ease. Yep, it's pretty straightforward and definitely simple. Yahoo.

Estimated Cost 


Dimensions for This Project

  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer or Brad nailer
  • 1 sheet of ¾” plywood
  • ½ sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 1 – 1×3 at 6’
  • 1 – 1×4 at 6’
  • 4-4×4 at 4” each
  • 1/4” plywood measuring 20-1/4” x 61”**
  • ** Scraps of ¼” plywood can be used… Make sure seams are hidden behind the shelves so they cannot be seen! **
  • 1 ½” pocket hole screws
  • 1¼” pocket hole screws
  • 2” screws
  • 1 ¼” screws
  • Small nails or 1¼” brads
  • Countersink bit for Drill
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 1 sets drawer slides
  • One pair of hinges
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 2 – 14-3/4” x 57” of ¾” plywood – Sides
  • 6 – 14-1/2” x 18-3/4” of ¾” plywood – Shelves
  • 2 – 1×4 at 13-1/4” – Base
  • 2 – 1×4 at 8-1/8” – Base
  • 4 – 4×4 at 4” – Base Legs
  • 2 – 1×3 at 17-3/4” – Drawer Box
  • 2 – 1×3 at 11-1/2” – Drawer Box
  • 1 – 3-3/4” x 18-1/2”of ¾” plywood – Drawer Front
  • 1 – 17-3/4” x 18-1/2” of ¾” plywood – Door
  • 1 – 20-1/4” x 57” of ¼” plywood – 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 

** If using edge banding, apply it to the exposed edges of the plywood before assembly**

Cut the pieces for the sides and all of the shelves. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each of the 14-1/2” ends of the shelves. Starting with the top, attach the shelves to the tower box with the spacing as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Step 2 

Cut the piece for the back. Attach the back with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. If using multiple scraps for the back, make sure the seams are hidden behind the shelves!

Step 3
Step 3

Step 3 

Cut the pieces for the drawer box. Drill pocket holes in each end of the side pieces and construct the drawer as shown. The bottom will be attached with glue and brad nails. The drawer slides will need to be located ¾” back from the front edge to allow for the drawer front. Install the drawer slides and make any adjustments necessary.

Step 4
Step 4

Step 4 

Cut the pieces for the drawer front. Cut the notch in the center of each drawer front with a jigsaw. Shim the drawer front in place (there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides) and fasten to the drawer box with 1-1/4” screws from the inside.

Step 5
Step 5

Step 5 

Cut the piece for the door. Cut the notch with a  jigsaw and attach the hinges to the door. Shim the door in place (there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides of the door) and attach the hinges to the tower

Step 6
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the base. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the base pieces. Attach the base pieces to the legs. Attach the base to the bottom of the cabinet using countersunk 1-1/4” screws and with a 1” “border” around all sides of the base. 

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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