Build a modern style office, inspired by West Elm, featuring simple styling. Made of eco friendly formaldehyde free plywood, this contemporary office furniture is easy to build, affordable, and made with simple tools and off the shelf materials.
Special thanks to Columbia Forest Products and PureBond Plywood for providing me with the beautiful plywood and the backgrounds for this site.
1 - Sheet 3/4" Hardwood Plywood
1 - 1/4" sheet 1/4" hardwood plywood
1 - 1x2 @ 6 feet long (optional, see step 3)
Edge Banding, 1 25' long roll, in matching wood grain
4 - 3/4" plywood 22" x 15 1/2" (Shelves)
2 - 3/4" plywood 22" x 26 1/2" (Sides)
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 17" x 26 1/2" (Back)
2 - 1x2 @ 15 1/2"
2 - 1x2 @ 19"
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!
There's more to cutting plywood than a chalk line and a circular saw. First of all, you have to consider the direction of the wood grain. And then you have to take into account the saw blade width. And then it's about conserving plywood for future projects and cutting tight, square corners - without having to finish the cuts with a jigsaw or handsaw. For plywood projects, I still like to treat pieces like "boards" - it makes the project that much easier and your wood grains will match right. You can use the scraps above to build a drawer (we'll get to that) or door, or even a desktop organizer. Save your scraps - it's the silver lining.
First rip your plywood into two 22" wide strips, 8 feet long. And then from these strips, cut your sides/shelves, treating the strips like boards.
Build your cabinet as shown above. If you are using the Kreg Jig, use 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue, drilling holes set for 3/4" stock. You can alternatively use countersunk screws and wood glue.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.