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6 Cube Bookshelf

July 19, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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Bookcase that is designed to fit standard fabric cubes. Thank you Hillary for sharing your photos.

6 Cube Bookshelf

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
6 Cube Bookshelf
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 1x12, 12’ Long 1 1x12, 8’ Long 5 1x2s, 8’ Length 2” Screws
1 1/4” Finish Nails
2” Finish Nails

1 Small Tube Wood Glue
Sandpaper
Finishing Supplies including wood filler

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

1- 1x12 40 1/2” Top
2- 1x12 26 3/4 “ Sides
2- 1x12 39” Shelves
4- 1x12 12 1/4” Cubby Dividers
4- 1x2 31” Legs
6- 1x2 37 1/2” Side Shelf trim

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Finishing Instructions

Image from one of our talented, amazing readers, Hillary.
Well, I did promise you I would work on this collection.

It's modeled after Land of Nod's Cube Collection, and yes, those bins are also modeled after Land of Nod's bins, measuring 11" x 11" x 11".  I believe you can also buy these at Target, but the Land of Nod price is very reasonable and the colors are fantastic.  Or the pink dots like Grace's room are from Pottery Barn Kids

You can find the plans for these bookcases here from Grace's room.  Also wanted to note that this cube collection is designed very similar to Graces's bookshelves, so expect the look to be quite similar.  I used Antique White Paint from Valspar for the finish.

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Hi Ana,I just wanted to share

Hi Ana,I just wanted to share our first knock off wood project!

http://littlelizardking.blogspot.com/2010/07/pottery-barn-wanna-be-part-...

We still have to hang the hooks and either fix the drawers or add baskets, but we love them!!! You are pretty amazing! Thanks a million.

posted by Little Lizard King (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-07-20 03:16

Awesome book cases. I love

Awesome book cases. I love the plans with little legs on them :)
For any seamstresses who wants to DIY a cloth bin in the fabric of their choosing. This is a fantastic tutorial.
http://jezzeblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/no-interfacing-storage-basket-tuto...

posted by GreenerLinen (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-07-20 05:29

@greenerlinen thanks!!! i had

@greenerlinen thanks!!! i had been looking for a tutorial like that!!!

posted by Keri-Anne (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-07-20 10:21

Spacify offers modern sofa

Spacify offers modern sofa beds, leather sofa beds and daybeds.

posted by woolmer (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-07-20 11:55

Hi,Do you think this

Hi,

Do you think this bookshelf could be modified to a 9 cube...with an extra row of cubes added to the height? Thanks!
Jordan

posted by jor (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-08-07 11:43

If you wish to try out some

If you wish to try out some of your interior decorating ideas for your office, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, deck railings, floor tile etc., drop in to Casa Modern to have a look at the sheer variety of furnishings and furniture available.
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posted by RyanJames (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-08-09 23:48

Hi Ana! I love the new site

Hi Ana! I love the new site and love your plans. We are just finishing building our house and I can't wait to have all the tools set up in the garage so I can start building some of these great things myself! Just a quick thought, I don't know anything about blogging but have seen on some other blogs verification thingy at the bottom where you enter in a word shown to keep advertisers and non-real people from posting. I think Casa Modern et al are pretty terrible for trying to get free advertising on your site. Boo. If they think Ana White fans would like their stuff and you are cool with them as a sponsor they should pay you for the ad space. Anyways, just wondering.

posted by mary elizabeth (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-10-10 08:05

This may be a stupid question

This may be a stupid question but this is my first project so have a little mercy!! haha but I'm going to build this for my cousin who just had a baby. What kind of wood do I use....see told you it was a stupid question!

Thanks!

posted by Jessica (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-10 16:25

Jessica I used pine or

Jessica I used pine or whitewood boards. Cheap and paints well! And easy to work with for a first project. Make sure you ask for furring strips for 1x2s, 1x3s, 1x4s and 2x2s - but check the quality. Where I live, the furring strips are the same as the premium boards, but this is not always the case. Good luck! Ana

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-11-11 10:16

I'm in love! I can't wait to

I'm in love! I can't wait to start my first project. I was curious you might go about adding the 'lip' like the reader's pictures? I think it is beautiful and I would love to replicate it.

posted by Bonnie (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-12-31 01:05

I am unable to save this

I am unable to save this project as a PDF for some reason. Not a huge deal, but I thought you might like to know. Have a great day!

posted by Kristen (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-01-24 09:37

Well, it appears that I

Well, it appears that I completely overlooked the embedded file that was further down the page. My apologies.

posted by Kristen (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-01-24 09:46

Substitute for 1x12's

Hi Ana,
I have a dilemma! I live in Venezuela and nothing is the same here!!! I can't buy wood filler or 1x2's, 1x3's or anything else!!! I have learned to substitute a lot of things. I made the $4 stackable chairs and Clara's table and had to improvise on a lot of things! I finally found countersink bits for the drill, but at $20 a piece, I have had to learn to join my boards in a different way!!! But my most current problem is not being able to purchase 1x12's. I can buy 1x7's and then I have to cut them to the width that I need. I am new to building, but I LOVE it!!! So please forgive my dumb question, but what can I substitute for 1x12's??? I can get mdf board and compressed pine board in large sheets. Could I just use one of these or would they maybe not be as strong??? Is there something else I could use since a lot of plans call for these.

posted by Allison Ripoll (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-03-11 22:30

You can substitute plywood of

You can substitute plywood of just about any type just fine - you'll just need to cut it to your dimensions. (Many lumber or hardware stores will offer cutting services for you, so be sure to ask)

posted by MacDaddy (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-08-26 19:19

Doors?


Do you have any suggestions for adding doors?  I would love to do this project with doors on either end for some hidden storage.  Thanks for your time!

posted by LindseyA (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-04-17 20:47

Nice Post

The designs in the images are quite nice, it seems that the designer has taken more efforts.

posted by Hallmark Interiors (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-04-25 07:20
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I may be a moron!

Okay, we made the cubes bookcases this weekend and OMG, I clearly am lame! How do you successfully get your cubbies square?! We used a speed square but it's embarrassing! I almost (really) don't want to post pictures!

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posted by jamigraham | on Tue, 2011-05-31 23:28
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Getting things square

When you first start out, that's a major challenge. I have some horrendous practice joints to prove it. Eventually you will develop a very practical understanding of geometry and a greatly reduced dependency on numbers.

To make sure my shelf dividers were vertical, here's what I would do:

1. Arrange my top and bottom pieces so that their back edges touched, and the faces that would touch the vertical dividers were both up. Assuming that the pieces were the same size, I would make sure the ends were aligned.

2. On -one- of the front edges, mark off where the vertical dividers will go. Establish that this will be either the right or left edge of the divider.

3. Using a framing square (the really big metal ones), extend those lines back across both faces. If the shelves are deeper than the framing square can handle, mark as much as I can and then extend it with a good metal straight edge. There's no skimping on the straight edge though, it needs to be at least as long as the two faces combined.

4. During assembly, use these reference lines to line up the edges of the dividers and secure them. And always remember to keep the same side of the divider, on both top and bottom, on the same side of the reference line.

Because I'm not very trusting of my ability to line things up against a line and keep it there while fastening, I'd probably cut a dado, or shallow groove, to hold the vertical dividers. That's a mildly advanced topic though.

posted by claydowling | on Wed, 2011-06-01 09:46
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This looks so awesome, simple

This looks so awesome, simple and easy to make, it's classy and I love it. I've been searching for a good while a present for my sister's new how and it looks like I am in the right place for some orientation. I've also found this interior design Westchester resource that I rely on.

posted by kally | on Fri, 2011-12-09 19:19
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1x12 alternative

The diagram mentions using shelving instead of 1x12s to save money. How would you do this? What type of shelving?

posted by payne.kj | on Wed, 2012-03-07 07:58
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Using shelving

You can find pre-finished shelves at most home improvement stores. Menards has huge piles of them in varying lengths and widths.

You'd use them just like a 1x12, cutting them to the appropriate length and attaching them with pocket screws just like you would a 1x12. The material is typically particle board, usually with melamine veneer on the faces.

posted by claydowling | on Wed, 2012-03-07 08:44

improvise

I have learned to substitute a lot of things. I made the $4 stackable chairs and Clara's table and had to improvise on a lot of things! I finally found countersink bits for the drill, but at $20 a piece, I have had to learn to join my boards in a different way!!! But my most current problem is not being able to purchase 1x12's. I can buy 1x7's and then I have to cut them to the width that I need. I am new to building, but I LOVE it!!!. vpn server

posted by livetalk (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-07-14 03:34

Hello! I love this tutorial!!

Hello! I love this tutorial!! My hubby and I need to built a COUPLE of these things for a project we are making and we are trying to figure out how much money we need. How much did it cost you (estimated guess) per unit?

posted by Jarachristensen1018 (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-07-28 19:29

Hello! I love this tutorial!!

Hello! I love this tutorial!! My hubby and I need to built a COUPLE of these things for a project we are making and we are trying to figure out how much money we need. How much did it cost you (estimated guess) per unit?

posted by Jarachristensen1018 (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-07-28 19:30

Great Project!

Hi! My boyfriend and I decided to take on this project for our first DIY build together :) We modified the plans a little as we added another row of cubes on top and put trim around the top edge. We painted it black and it inspired us to paint the rest of our living room furniture (coffee table, end table and tv stand) black as well. It looks very modern and classic... i Love it!!

The hardest part we found was actually getting the wood cut to size as we have limited space and no power tools of our own. It turned out great and we can't wait to get started on our next project! :)

Check out my page for pictures!
http://www.chocolatencharm.blogspot.ca/search/label/Decor'NDesign

posted by cje023 (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-11-20 00:33

Suggest one thing

I love the plan. I do suggest using wood dowels for the bottom where you couldn't "nail" directly into the wood. I might even use wood dowels for the "bottom" portion of each divider and nail in the top portion of each. Other than that, love the plan. I will be using this with a tweaking to make laundry basket holder in our utility room. Thanks!

posted by Anthony F (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-11-25 09:38

Think twice before you speak,

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
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posted by Gujjar | on Wed, 2013-04-03 23:47

6 cube storeage

Can't wait to make these--thanks for sharing! The problem the pdf for the plans are not working...Adobe says file is corrupted? Instead of text, it is just symbols. The drawings come through for some reason.
3154802952_1279598460.pdf

thanks!

posted by maribelle123 | on Mon, 2013-04-08 09:11

Nice piece

I have seen such a bookshelf model at the Perry Belcher's advertising office. I do not believe that such a nice furniture can be done manually. I will personally try this project.

posted by MarioG | on Sun, 2013-04-28 08:42
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swift

The Postal Motor Vehicle Service is swift and impressive, although the use of obsolete technology still bedazzles me, but most of today's gadgets don't have much practical use. The employees there are well trained, they helped me fill out a donate car form in no time. My favorite part is the 80s radio playing streaming music in the background.

posted by mipsda | on Mon, 2013-04-29 12:53

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