Rolling Cubby Bench

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 03/02/2010 - 07:00
| Print this plan

These rolling cubbies feature three large cubbies at bench height. Easy to build and fully framed, inexpensive and sturdy, there is a place for these rolling cubbies in every home.

16 1/4" x 48" x 13"


Shopping List

1 – 8′ 1×12 board
1 – 6′ 1×12 board
4 – 1×2 8′ boards
2″ nails for finish nailer
Wood filler
Wood glue
4 caster wheels with screws

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

1 – 1×12 @ 48″ (Top)
1 – 1×12 @ 46 1/2″ (Bottom)
2 – 1×12 @ 15 1/2″ (Sides)
2 – 1×12 @ 14″ (Dividers)
4 – 1×2 @ 48″ (Horizontal Trim)
8 – 1×2 @ 13 1/4″ (Vertical Trim, measure to fit perfectly)
2 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Wheel Supports, measure to fit)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Mark out joints prior to fastening. Take a square after each step to ensure your project is square. Use glue and 2″ nails unless otherwise directed. Wear saftey gear and take necessary safety precautions.


Step 1

Build the box. Build the box, as shown above. Use the 2″ nails and glue to fasten in place.

Step 2

Top and Bottom Trim. Fasten the top and bottom trim pieces, as shown above. Keep top edges and outside edges flush. Make sure you fasten the top piece to the dividers, sides and top. This will help reinforce your joints. Use glue and 2″ nails.

Step 3

Vertical Trim. Fasten the vertical trim in place, using the measurements shown above. Keep the outside edges flush. The center vertical trim pieces will be centered on the vertical dividers. Use the 2″ nails and glue. Also fasten through the top and bottom of the horizontal trim pieces from step 2 into the end edges of the vertical trim.

Step 4

Supports. Fasten the supports as shown above.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill any nail holes with wood filler. Sand and finish as desired.
Help Improve This Plan

We apologize if there was an error in this plan. Please help us out and report any errors here.


Melody (not verified)

Tue, 03/02/2010 - 11:50

I'm very new to woodworking, and I realize that using screws will make it stronger, but I'm curious as to how sturdy this will be with nails. I'm NOT questioning the general integrity of it, but I have a 1 year old and a 2 year old who are all over everything. Would it stand up to that?

Ana White (not verified)

Tue, 03/02/2010 - 14:18

Hi Annalea, thanks for noticing the extra wheel! If you are planning on using alot of weight, the wheel is a great idea.

As far as nails go, I've used nails for quite a few pieces. Screws are defintely stronger. But this piece has a frame on both sides. The frame reinfoces everything, so it's completely different than just nailing two boards together.

However, if you have kids and this could actually become a manned vechicle around your kitchen island, you may wish to screw the box together. My favorite way to build is to screw the box together and then add the trim with finish nails. That way you get the strength of screws where it counts, but the hidden nails on the frame.

Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 03/02/2010 - 17:39

I am so excited to see this post. I can't wait for the bigger one! It is so going in my craft room! I am going to make 2 of the small one, one for each of my sons! You rock!

livelaughscrap88 at gmail dot com

Gen (not verified)

Tue, 03/02/2010 - 20:10

Love this! I bought this from IKEA about a year ago and I am kicking myself now! Can't wait for the big one!

Qycone (not verified)

Wed, 03/03/2010 - 03:23

This is the kind of stuff I adore! I was hoping one day you would do some cubbies! I can't wait for spring so I can have the room to make these! I am looking forward to the plans for the bigger ones too!

Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 03/03/2010 - 09:20

Hi Ana,
Long time woodworker here and I just came across your site. It's awesome!
I was wondering if you could post plans for the larger cubbie unit?