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PB Inspired Daily System - Letter Bin

August 22, 2011 |
posted by Lady Goats
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I've seen MANY requests for someone to knock-off the Daily System by Pottery Barn, so I decided to buckle down and do it. PLEASE don't let my inability to do shapes/angles in SketchUp turn you off to this plan. It's REALLY easy!!!!

This plan requires a "frame" of sorts. If you look closely at the PB daily system, you'll see that it's inset, and I'm sure that's how the papers don't come falling out the bottom. It could be a picture frame that you buy or make, or even an old, spray painted cookie sheet (I debated doing this for the magnetic aspect).

There are no "fasteners" involved, so make sure your cuts are straight and your board is not warped. That'll make it a little easier.

Letter Bin

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PB Inspired Daily System - Letter Bin
PB Inspired Daily System - Letter Bin
PB Inspired Daily System - Letter Bin

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
12" x 15"

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 - 11 x 14 picture frame
1 - 1/4" plywood, 2 ft x 2 ft

wood glue
primer
paint
Tools: 
measuring tape
pencil
circular saw
jigsaw

Cut List

Cut List: 

(a) 2 - 1/4" Ply @ 10" x 2 1/2" (sides)
(b) 1 - 1/4" ply @ 5" x 10 3/4" (bottom bin front) * SEE NOTE
(c) 1 - 1/4" ply @ 7" x 10 3/4" (top bin front) * SEE NOTE

Cutting Instructions: 
Please print out the template. Select "Scale to fit media" in your print options, and make sure the long, straight edge is 10". * Measure the INSIDE of your frame. If the inside of your frame is not 10 3/4", use the dimension of your frame.

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

PB Inspired Daily System - Letter Bin

Print out template. Select "lanscape" orientation, and "Scale to Fit Media" in your print options.

Step 2

Cut out template and trace onto 1/4" plywood. Cut out using jig saw or circular saw. These will become your sides (a).

Step 3

PB Inspired Daily System - Letter Bin

notch out two 1/4" wide x 1" high rectangle from the top bin front (c).

Step 4

Glue sides (a) to the inside of the frame. TIP: Keep glass in place (but avoid gluing to glass) for proper fit when fully assembled.

Step 5

PB Inspired Daily System - Letter Bin

Glue tops (b) & (c) to sides (a) and let dry. TIP: Since there are no nails/screws holding these in place, I would get a "weight" to keep everything in place until the glue dries (I used a bag of rice and a bag of beans!)

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
This project is easier to "finish" if the pieces are sanded and painted in advance. After assembly, touch up any paint chips or bumps. Caulk around the edges for a more professional appearance, wipe excess caulk away with a damp sponge.
Finish Used: 
Krylon - White gloss spray paint

I can't wait to see what everyone does with this! Framing fun fabrics/scrapbook papers, different frame styles.. Ohhhhh, I'm excited!

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YAY! Finally photos!

I added photos! woot woot!

Gina - Lady Goats
DIY Blogger (when I'm not procrastinating)
http://www.ladygoats.com

posted by Lady Goats | on Mon, 2011-08-22 12:35
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Gina, this is just incredibly

Gina, this is just incredibly beautiful and well thought out! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm super excited!

posted by Ana White | on Mon, 2011-08-22 12:59
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Nice!

I have been hunting for a reasonably priced letter bin to match my homemade PB system and here it is! Nice work and YOU ROCK! : )

posted by ValGal222 | on Mon, 2011-08-22 14:53

I am so excited to see this.

I am so excited to see this. I have been looking for a how-to for a long time. Thankx!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-08-23 18:57
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Just what I was looking for!

This is exactly what I have been looking for!!!! I have been scowering office supply stores and couldn't stomach the price of these things - I know what my project will be this weekend!
Thanks!!!!
Carrie

www.mycreativeescapes.blogspot.com

posted by mycreativeescapes | on Thu, 2011-08-25 07:53

how to get to the template?

Hi! I would love to try this project, but am having a hard time printing the template ... is there a place to go to download the template?

Melinda

posted by Mindynkids (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-08-28 22:10
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Template

Hi Melinda,

You can click on the image, then right click it. Select "Save Image" (or the closest option you have to it - I've got about 4 different ways of saving it). Then find the image on your computer and print it out. Let me know if this helps! :-)

Gina

Gina - Lady Goats
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http://www.ladygoats.com

posted by Lady Goats | on Sun, 2011-08-28 22:32
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Organized kid's school papers

Now that school has started here in New Hampshire, I need one of these bins to attach to my mudroom. This is an excellent way to keep the kid's school papers organized. Thanks!

posted by debandtom25 | on Wed, 2011-08-31 06:30

My Version

I'm not sure how to upload to brag about it, but I made my own version of this. You can see it on my blog here:

http://www.corduroydreams.com/2012/03/build-your-own-letter-holder-with-...

posted by corduroydreams | on Thu, 2012-03-15 23:19

LOVE THIS!! have been looking

LOVE THIS!! have been looking at the PB ones for ages but shipping to the UK was too expensive. I can now make my own - Thank You :)

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-04-07 04:20

I love it I am going to make

I love it I am going to make some of these for our home school class room. we are limited on space and this is a great way to organize our work for the day. Thank you so much for the free pattern I hope to make you cubby bookshelf too.

posted by Julie brown (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-10-09 20:37
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Tip: to keep glue off of the glass.

I wonder if you could put a layer of plastic wrap or parchment paper over the front of the glass so any accidental drips would be on the plastic/parchment, and easily removed once everything is dry? (I KNOW I'll get glue on the glass . . . I'm just lucky that way. lol)

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. -- W. Edwards Deming

posted by annalea | on Mon, 2013-01-14 20:07
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Glue drips

You totally can! Nothing is attached to the glass, so you can remove it whenever you want. That's a brilliant idea! (I didn't get any glue on the glass, but I would imagine that, if you did, it wouldn't be too big a deal, anyway).

Gina - Lady Goats
DIY Blogger (when I'm not procrastinating)
http://www.ladygoats.com

posted by Lady Goats | on Tue, 2013-01-15 17:13

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