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General Store Cubbies

January 7, 2011 |
posted by Ana White
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These simple General Store Cubbies are easy to build and feature six cubbies, each with front lips to keep contents in place. Special thanks to our readers for sharing their photos.

General Store Cubbies

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
General Store Cubbies
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

5 – 1×3 Pine Boards, 8 foot length
3 – 1×12 Pine Boards, 8 foot length
2″ Screws
2″ Finish Nails
Wood Glue and Finishing Supplies

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

5 – 1×3 @ 42″ (Shelf Trim)
4 – 1×12 @ 16 7/8″(Cubby Dividers)
3 – 1×12 @ 40 1/2″ (Shelves)
2 – 1×12 @ 36″ (Sides)

Step 1

General Store Cubbies

Start by building the box as shown in the diagram above. Use 2″ screws and glue or pocket hole screws.

Step 2

General Store Cubbies

Add the cubby dividers. How I would do this is put the bottom dividers in fixed first. Then put the top dividers in, but you wont’ be able to fasten the bottom of the top dividers to the middle shelf. Don’t despair. Glue and let dry in place. I’ve got you covered

Step 3

General Store Cubbies

Use the trim boards to nail the bottom boards in place. Make sure you also nail the trim boards to the shelf and the sides. Add trim boards to the back. IMPORTANT: Adjust for square before attaching these boards, especially if you are stacking multiple cubbies.

Finishing Instructions

I'm using our new easy plan submission for to submit this plan that I designed and showed you how to design here. . This plan is inspired by Pottery Barn's Mitchell wall system, and looks so simple in the plan, but there's so much pottential. Think stacking like they did in General Stores. I'm suddenly wanting a wall full in distressed washed blue . . . You can see what Pottery Barn's does with their Mitchell storage cubbies here.

general store pottery barn mitchell cubby shelf 1
I'm using our new easy plan submission form to submit this plan that I designed and showed you how to design here. . This plan is inspired by Pottery Barn's Mitchell wall system, and looks so simple in the plan, but there's so much pottential. Think stacking like they did in General Stores. I'm suddenly wanting a wall full in distressed washed blue . . . You can see what Pottery Barn's does with their Mitchell storage cubbies here.

You can submit plans too!  Just go here and follow the instructions.

Another thought . . . if you were to make the trim on the shelves wider, than you could use it as cubbies in a kids room.  You know the kind . . . the kind that holds balls and kids can clean their own rooms with?  The ledge would keep everything from spilling out!

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I saw this in the catalog and

I saw this in the catalog and i

posted by melker (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-01-07 14:24

sorry my computer was being

sorry my computer was being funny....I saw this in the catalog and thought to myself... " Ana will make plans for this..". Thanks for your wonderful site, we love it!

posted by melker (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-01-07 14:26

Someone needs to find those

Someone needs to find those metal tag holders that are on the PB shelves! They MAKE the shelving!

posted by Kathy (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-01-07 15:54

Oh...I found

Oh...I found some:
http://www.thehardwarehut.com/cabinet_labels.php

posted by Kathy (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-01-07 15:57
clips

check scrapbook supplies

I am thinking about taking my Expedit bookshelf and adding the labels to mimic this look in my kitchen. I checked out JoAnn online and they have thesehttp://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=xprd1037188  which are $4.19 for 6. I am sure you could find something by looking at craft stores (with a coupon) or scrapbook stores. 

posted by maddbovine | on Fri, 2011-03-25 12:38

The PB ones are $400!!!

The PB ones are $400!!! Wow...that's INSANE!

(Ok, I'll stop making comments!)

posted by Kathy (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-01-07 15:59

LOVE THIS!! I'm going to

LOVE THIS!! I'm going to need a couple of them stacked on top of each other in my scraproom :)

Kathy, Thank for the link to the metal tag holders, I am SOO ordering some!

posted by Jackaboomomof2 (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-01-07 17:01

The hardware is also

The hardware is also available at Lee Valley Tools (and I think the prices are better).
http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.aspx?cat=3,43520&p=44199

posted by Rebecca (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-01-07 21:44

Darnnit, Ana. I was going to

Darnnit, Ana. I was going to use an Ikea Expedit bookcase in my stamping / craft room to hold my papers. The cubbie size wasn't quite right, but I thought I would make do.

Now, I'm going to make this!

It's perfect. I can resize the cubbies to hold my paper organizers, and still have an open back so I can place it on the wall with the return vent.

Yippee!

posted by Corky King (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-01-08 06:10

Ana - Could something like

Ana - Could something like this be wall mounted? They only show it in photos stacked. If you wanted to wall mount, would you have to add a backing board to screw into the studs? I am dying for built in shelving without bases but am having trouble modifying plans accordingly. I've checked out some of the hutch plans but the wall mounting part trips me up every time.

posted by Hilary (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-01-08 10:25

I <3 Lee Valley. Their stuff

I <3 Lee Valley. Their stuff is top-notch, with very reasonable prices.

posted by Annalea (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-01-08 18:09

This is awesome. And, it

This is awesome. And, it would be SUPER-easy to customize the depth (I'm thinking some 10" deep ones for yarn storage/display).

You've done it again!

posted by Annalea (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-01-08 18:11

Hillary, there is absolutely

Hillary, there is absolutely no reason why not! Simply screw through the back boards into a stud in the wall. Just make sure you are hitting a stud (rather at least four studs). What a fabulous idea!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-01-10 12:37

omigosh, YARN storage, yes!

omigosh, YARN storage, yes!
Also, I want a smaller version for my kitchen above the counter for little things - kinda like the PB Cubby unit that mimics the ones in old hotels that would hold mail and keys...I
Lee Valley is the best for service, gonna get the shelf thingies from them.

posted by Lynn in Canada (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-01-11 17:55

We are making these this

We are making these this week, and just found this great buy on the label holders and thought I would share!

http://www.woodworkingparts.com/categories/Card-Holders/

posted by Jeannine (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-12 13:55

Re. the shopping list,

Re. the shopping list, wouldn't you need only 3 3x1 boards? The total once cut is 5 42", and you can get 2 42" cuts out of each 8' board.

So,
Board one: 2 - 42"
Board two: 2 - 42"
Board three: 1 - 42"

posted by EG (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-01-15 13:14

Hi, Anna (and everyone

Hi, Anna (and everyone else)!

I was looking to get into a new hobby such as furniture building, and this looks like a perfect starter project. The only piece of furniture I desperately need, is one that will hold my media consoles, and store the media software (video games/dvds).

This looks perfect, however since I am a guy, I was wondering if I could go about using pine, and painting it black? Or would that look tacky?

Anyways, great site, and you've created another prospective furniture hobbyist. :)

posted by Cody (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-26 16:30

I was thinking the same thing

I was thinking the same thing about the 1x3s.

posted by Katie (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-01-28 09:18

We just made 2 and painted

We just made 2 and painted them a satin finish black and distressed the edges - they look great - will post pics when room is done. Hung them on the wall in our new office. Couldn't be happier with the color, plans and how they turned out! Thanks Ana!

posted by Jeannine (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-01-28 20:45

Jeannine... I LOVE YOU! I

Jeannine... I LOVE YOU! I have been looking for inexpensive label holders with pulls to use on another project! You just saved me a lot of money, and more than a few brain cells! Thank you for this link!

posted by Corky King (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-02-09 12:39

try inexpensive plastic bins

Plastic bins are available from many on line retail sites. Great for small storage plus you can move them to your craft table for easy access.

posted by John Miller (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-03-22 15:12
clips

RE: Shopping list

The shopping list is backward it should be 3 1X3's and 5 1X12's 

I can't wait to build this for my fabric- I'm going to have a whole wall of these units to store it all. 

Thanks Ana for posting these plans.

posted by jennbenn6 | on Thu, 2011-03-24 18:24

General Store Cubbies

Ana you mentioned distressed blue wash finish for this project. How do you do that?

posted by Kay (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-06-08 09:40

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Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting?I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work. http://ebookreviews.ning.com/pdf/desire-system-review-dr-david-emotional-contagion-techniques

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