Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an X-Tower

03.23.12 By //
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Another project from the project request page (which will be moving to the community pages shortly for ease of tracking) and an amazingly versatile piece! Bath storage, book shelves, or display.. this piece will cover them all!

Estimated Cost


Dimensions for This Project
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer or Brad nailer
  • 1 – 1×6 at 8’
  • 1 – 1×6 at 3’
  • 4 – 2×2 at 8’ (or 2 – 2×4 ripped to 1-1/2” wide, saving the excess for the X pieces)
  • 3 – 1×2 at 8’
  •  Quarter sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 2 – ¼” strips at 8’
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/2” pocket hole screws
  • Small nails or 1-1/4” brads
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 8 – 1×2 at 9” – Shelf Sides
  • 8 – 1×2 at 17” – Shelf Front & Back
  • 4 – ¾” plywood at 9” x 17” – Shelves
  • 4 – 2×2 at 76” – Sides
  • 4 – 1×6 at 9” – Upper & Lower Aprons
  • 4 – 1×6 at 17” – Upper & Lower Aprons
  • 2 – ¼” strips 1-1/2” x 78-1/2” – “X”
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 12” x 20” – Top
  • 1 – 3’ piece of crown molding

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

** It may be easier to sand each piece before assembly **

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in all four edges of the plywood pieces. Also drill pocket holes in each end of the shelf side pieces. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the tower sides. Attach the shelves at the spacing indicated using glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the aprons. Drill pocket holes in the end of each board and attach to the top and bottom of the tower sides. The bottom apron will be located directly under the lowest shelf.

Step 4
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the “X”. Attach to the tower with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 5
Step 5

Cut the piece for the top. Attach with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the top into the sides and apron pieces.

Step 6

Cut the crown molding (or molding of your choice). Attach to the front and sides of the tower with glue and 1-1/4” 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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