Cubby Bookcases Modular Office Collection

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 02/16/2010 - 05:05
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Cubby bookshelves are so popular because they enable you to further sort and organize your belongings. No longer do you need bookends and even baskets and bins become optional. This cubby bookshelf works with the craft table top to create a project table. It's the best of both worlds - ample workspace and easy storage. Build the cubby bookshelves alone or add the project tabletop for even more functionality.

36" x 36" x 12"


Shopping List

(This shopping list is for only one bookshelf) 

3 - 1x12(8') 
1 - 1/4" plywood (1/2 sheet) 
1 -1x2 (8')
Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List
  • 2 – 1×12 @ 36″ (Top and Bottom) 
  • 4 – 1×12 @ 34 1/2″ (Vertical Dividers) 
  • 6 – 1×12 @ 11″ (Shelves) 
  • 1 – 36″ x 36″ 1/4″ Plywood (Back) 
  • 6 – 1×2 @ 11″ (Inside Supports)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Mark your joints and cuts before assembling. Dry fit your pieces before fastening. Check for square after each step. Always use glue and work safely.


Step 1

Build the Box. Fasten the vertical dividers to the tops and bottoms as directed above. Screws will hold better, nails are easier. If you use screws, predrill and countersink your screw heads. Use 2″ fasteners and glue. Check for square.

Step 2

Back. Attach the back, making sure to fasten to the vertical dividers. Use the 1 1/4″ nails and glue. Check for square.

Step 3

Inside Supports. Fasten the inside supports through the tops and bottoms using glue and 2″ fasteners. Also fasten through the sides into the ends. These supports will keep everything square and give you something to fasten the project table top to.

Step 4

Shelves. Measure and add shelf pins where the shelves are marked above. Notice the first Pottery Barn photo – the shelves in this system are removable. Fit the shelves on the shelf pins.


gretchen (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 06:58

You are wonderful!! This made my day, I have wanted this collection for a long time...can't wait till all our tools catch up with us in the move. Oh, and Alaska girls rock! I grew up in Southeast and went to school at UAF. Love your site.

The Comfort Girl (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 07:00

Yay! I'm about to start creating a crafting/sewing studio...maybe I should make my own craft desk!

lanisanford (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 07:17

Oh I loooooove this collection. Been drooling over it in the catalog. I don't think I have anywhere to put it at the moment but someday...

NerdyArtist (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 07:33

Never before have I been so excited that my craft room isn't complete...

*starts making springtime building plans*

liz wiley (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 07:57

I'm new to your site and I LOVE IT! I'm hoping for the courage to try this someday.

Jenny Lynn (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 07:59

I'm SO excited that you're doing this :) This is the collection that I want for my craft room/office. I'm THRILLED!

Kari @ Ucreate (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 08:07

Miss Ana!!
My hubby is going to make these in our toy room and was going to make one up as he goes, now thanks to you he has the plans!!

Mom (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 08:28

I was just going to suggest this bookcase! I have been wanting to make this desk for a few years now. You rock!

Leslie (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 08:33

Hmm, I'm thinking these might be great anchors for a kitchen island. How would you go about supporting a piece of granite or butcher block? Thanks for this great design!

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