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.

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Brooke (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 08:45

Hey I had a good idea that would free up some of your emails. You can start a flickr account with Knock off Wood. That way people who make your plans can put pictures in there. If you want to do a bragging board every so often you can pull images from there.
It would save your email account :)
Thanks for all you do!

C & N c{o}. (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 08:55

OMG! Can you please please please please make plans for the work station too?!

Love it as always :)

Christy (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 10:02

OMG - Ana - THANK YOU!!! You're going to make me pee my pants from all the excitement. Okay, not really, but close! Be still my heart!!

Nielson Family (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 12:48

This is my FAVORITE collection! I have been drooling over it for a long time and I can't wait to get started...I'm off to home depot right now! THANK YOU!!!

Jenn (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 15:40

You ROCK!! We just found your blog a few weeks ago and I pestered my husband to help me build the entryway shelf and bench, which we're almost done with. I told him I wanted the Bedford table/storage system for my craft room and that I wished you had plans for it...and here they are!!

Michelle and Landon (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 16:25

Im so excited about this, I have been dying to have this craft desk forever! Thanks for doing this one!

Jerilyn (not verified)

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 13:43

I fell in "LOVE" with this the second I saw headed to Lowes and bought all the supplies and will be starting on it tomorrow..cannot wait for me and my 8yr old to share the great space doing craft and such..One modified item we will be doing..on one side we will add a dowel rod to attach a big roll of paper..this should make her drawing and coloring alot easier and know right where the paper is.."Cant Wait!" Will post as soon as I am done..

Amynev (not verified)

Tue, 03/09/2010 - 04:34

I love this but would like the cubbies to be about 13x13 when finished. I scrapbbok and would love to store my 12x12 paper in the cubbies. LOVE IT!

Ursula (not verified)

Sun, 04/11/2010 - 16:45

I am working on building this right now, I actually am building 2 for the desk. In total 2 bookcases have cost $90 in lumber, so they're roughly $45 apiece. I used good quality wood so I'm sure you could get some a bit cheaper than I. :)

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Sat, 07/10/2010 - 18:29

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