Craft Table Top For The Modular Collection

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 02/16/2010 - 23:05
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This counter height project table features two drawers and 18 cubbies to keep all of your crafting supplies handy. By simply building two of the cubby bookcases from the Modular Offfice Collection and adding a desktop, voila! we've got a stylish, simple project table.

37" x 38" x 55"


Shopping List

1 Sheet of MDF or A1 Plywood
2 – 1×4 Boards, 8′ Long
2- 15″ Drawer Slides

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

1 – 3/4″ MDF or A1 @ 55″ x 38″ (Top)
2 – 1×4 @ 31 1/2″ (Sides of Drawer Housing)
1 – 1×4 @ 28″ (Center of Drawer Housing)
2 – 3/4″ MDF or A1 Plywood @ 25 1/2″ x 14 1/4″
2 – 1×4 @ 25 1/2″ (Backs of Drawers)
4 – 1×4 @ 15″ (Sides of Drawers)
2 – 1×4 @ 29 1/2″ (Measure to fit, Drawer Face)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Make sure you cut your plywood perfectly straight. Use your square. Predrill and countersink your screws. Use wood glue. Work on a clean level surface.


Step 1

Dimensions for the Tabletop with drawers is shown above.

Step 2

Drawer Housing. Measure and mark out the sides of the drawer housing as shown above. Fasten the center to the sides, using 2″ screws and glue. You will need to predrill and countersink your screws. You will need to be perfect in your building, as the drawers will not slide right if you do not build perfectly square.

Step 3

Drawer Housing to Top. Fasten the drawer housing to the top, using the measurements above. Again, you must be perfectly square. Predrill and countersink your screws 2″ deep (the screw head will be 2″ inset into the 1×4 boards) and fasten the 1x4s to the top. This will also hide any screws from showing on the tabletop.

Step 4

Drawer Backs. Fasten the drawer back to the drawer bottom. Use the 2″ screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Drawer Face. Measure the opening from the outside of the drawer housing to the opposite outside. The distance should be about 29 1/2″. Subtract 1/4″. Cut your drawer face from a 1×4 to this measurement. After you have inserted the drawer into the slides, line the drawer face up with the drawer and fasten in place.

Step 7

Putting it all together. Fasten the top to the bookcases, as shown above. Follow the directions above. Do not use glue. This will enable you to take apart the project table easily.

Step 8

Insert the Drawers. Insert the drawers into the slides. If you would like, you can add hardware to the faces of the drawers.


Kathy V (not verified)

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 01:43

I love this. The funny thing is, when I looked at the PB pics when you put up the 3X3 plans, I remember thinking "What desk wouldn't have any type of drawer??"
This will be perfect for my yet-to-be drywalled crafting room! :P

bifty489 (not verified)

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 04:29

SO glad you gave us plans for this project! I have the less expensive Grandinroad version of the Pottery Barn Bedford system and also felt the need for drawers. I think I have read the instructions completely but I didn't see where or how the slides are installed. Am I missing something??

Sara W (not verified)

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 04:45

Oh my gosh, last night my husband was trying to figure out how to make this with a drawer. And looky here! Its like you know all of us too well!!! Thanks again.

TheLegacyLady (not verified)

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 05:42

Thank you, thank you, thank you. My husband and i have been eyeing this table for years - he always said he could build it - and now we have plans thanks to you. Tweeted and Facebooked this one! :)

Stefanie (not verified)

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 05:52

Where are the plans for the top and the drawer for this? I don't have a twitter account and when I click on read more it takes me there. help!

Tara M (not verified)

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 06:20

Love love love! You are incredible! I wake in the night thinking about what you will post today! That is so weird!

Wendy (not verified)

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 06:41

I am going to get my husband to give this a try soon (perfect for my card-making stuff) and I will let you know how it goes.

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