Modular Office - Wide Bookshelf/File Base

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/18/2010 - 21:43
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Turn a simple bookcase into a drawer! With this simple plan, you can modify the Modular System Wide Base to become a file storage (or anything else) system. Acutal reader photo built from this plan

Fits inside the Modular Office Wide Open Base Cabinet


Shopping List

Shopping List for ONE Drawer
1 – Set of 12″ Undermount Drawer Slides
6′ – 1×10 Board
4′ – 1×12 Board
1 – 1×16, 4′ Length
2″ Screws
Wood Filler
Finishing Supplies
Optional – Lateral File Hanging System

Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

Cut List for ONE Drawer
Bottom) 1 – 1×16 @ 37 1/2″ (You will need to trim the long edge 1″)
Sides) 2 – 1×10 @ 14 1/2″
Back) 1- 1×10 @ 36″
Face) 1 – 1×10 @ 38 1/4″ (Measure to fit)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
General Instructions

Follow the same general directions you used to build the Modular Office Wide Open Base Unit


Step 1

Bottom. Cut your bottom out of a 1×16 leftover from the bookcases. Then you will need to trim the long edge 1″ to get the above measurements.

Step 2

Sides. Fasten the sides as shown above, using 2″ screws and glue.

Step 3

Back. Fasten the back to the sides. Also fasten through the bottom into the back. Use 2″ screws and glue.

Slides. Install the drawer into the bookcase using the undermount slides. The drawer will be inset from the front of the bookcase 3/4″.

Step 4

Slides. Install the drawer into the bookcase using the undermount slides. The drawer will be inset from the front of the bookcase 3/4″.


Mom (not verified)

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 04:55

Ana~ you inspire me every day. I am planning on getting a nail gun this weekend so that I can start on the many projects I have in mind.

Hutchings Home (not verified)

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 05:52

Thank you so much! This is just what I requested. I may try and put doors instead of drawers on these. Thanks a MILLION!

Christy (not verified)

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 06:35

Hey Ana,

Are you thinking of adding plans for the "pull down desk top" that was pictured yesterday with the bookcase? I'd love to make that, just don't know how to do it.

Ana White (not verified)

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 08:14

Thanks Kelli! And yes, can't wait to put up the plans for the secretary top. I love this collection, it's so simple and all the pieces build on each other!

Amber (not verified)

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 09:02

Love it! Just referred my brother to your sight because his wife has always wanted him to build something for her for her birthday, they've been married almost 6 years! I told him this is the year with your blog! He is so stoked!

Beth (not verified)

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 09:26

Ana, drawers are intimidating. If you are thinking of doing another video would you please do a feature on adding the slides. I can't wrap my head around how it's done without actually seeing it done. Love your blog, I can't wait to try to build something.

snowphish27 (not verified)

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 12:16

I agree with Beth--I'd love an "Ana tutorial" on how to do drawers & slides. I think many of us would be more willing to tackle projects with drawers with some more of your awesome tips!