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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dandeelionsoup (not verified)

Sat, 08/07/2010 - 05:53

I'm building two of these bookcases now to go with the craft table. The problem that I'm having with the plans is that you are supposed to drill the holes for the shelf pins after you assemble the rest of the bookcase, but in doing it that way, it is extremely difficult to drill the holes. I can't get my cordless drill into the shelfspace to property drill the holes perpendicular to the board face. I've been drilling at an awkward angle to get the shelf pins in. Next time, I would drill the holes in those boards first before putting the top and the bottom on the bookcase.

Cheyenne Renard (not verified)

Fri, 11/26/2010 - 08:33

This is my first time to your site , boy you sure Rock to say the least. I have wanted some of the things you have made only to think i just dont have the money for them , so i wait and still nothing, NOw i can make it my self or have help making it. I just love the desk for a scrapbook room and office also the kidds Kitchen i just love you work . Hope you had a great Thanksgiving i am greatful for people like you now i can have the things i want and not have to wait any more. AgainThank you so much Love and Blessings Cheyenne from Henderson Nevada Please sign me up to this site May god richly bless you and yours

Elise (not verified)

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 21:08

Would it be possible to scale this down (I was thinking 4 cubbies as opposed to 9) to create a child's art table? How would one go about doing so? I was thinking the cubbies would be 30"x30" over all. And tabletop might be 32"x44"ish? How hard might it be to have 4-6 circular holes on the table top for paint cups? And some sort of paper roller?
Forgive my art skills, but my idea thus far:
Table used for cup holder and paper holder ideas:…


Thu, 04/14/2011 - 18:17

I am so going to have my husband make this for my craft room in our new house-can't wait!!!!!!!!

Hawaiianatheart (not verified)

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 07:35

I was just talking to hubby about making something like this - on a larger scale to hold multiple machines/girls.