Cara Storage Console

Cutest Kid's Cara Storage Console
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Free woodworking plans by This plan is for a cute little storage console perfect for a couple of cubbies and some books!  Use as a nightstand, or a play center in a small space.




Cutest Kid's Cara Storage Console
Dimensions are as shown above.


Shopping List
  • 1 – 1×2 Furring Strip or Moulding 1 1/2″ wide
  • 1 – 6′  1×6 Board
  • 1 – 10′  1×12 Board
  • 1/4″ Plywood for the Back
  • 4 – Bun Feet
  • 2″ self tapping star bit screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1″ brad nails
  • wood glue
  • wood filler
  • Finishing Supplies
Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List
  • 2 – 1×12 @ 29 3/4″ (Sides)
  • 2 – 1×12 @ 25 3/4″ (Large Shelves)
  • 1 – 1×12 @ 11″ (Cubby Divider)
  • 2 – 1×6 @ 25 3/4″ (Top Shelf and Back)
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood @ 27 1/4″ x 29 3/4″ (Back)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Side Footer)
  • 1 – 1×2 @ 28 3/4″ (Front Footer)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Brad Nailer
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface and be safe. Predrill all screw holes and be safe. Have fun!


Step 1

Cut the sides of the console as shown here. First draw out one side using the measurements shown here. Then cut out ONE side. Use that side as a pattern to cut out the other side. Place the two sides together and sand both cut edges at the same time until the edges match up.

Set the sides aside.

Step 2

Attach the cubby divider to the large shelves as shown in the diagram, using the measurement to place your joint. You can use 2″ nails and glue or screws.

Then attach the shelves to the sides, leaving a 3/4″ gap under the bottom shelf and the bottom of the sides. This is not shown in the diagram. Refer to the diagram in step 6.

Step 3

Attach the top to the sides, using either 2″ nails and glue or screws. Keep top edges flush.

Step 4

Attach the top shelf to both the sides and the top as shown in the diagram. Use 2″ nails and glue or screws. It’s a good idea to use a square to draw a square line at the bottom of the shelf so you know where to fasten the top shelf.

Step 5

Step 6

Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to attach the side footer to the sides, keeping bottom and outside edges flush.

Step 7

Attach the front footer to bottom shelf and the side footer as shown above. Use 2″ nails and glue.

Step 8

Attach the bun feet as instructed by the manufacturer.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Sand with coarse sandpaper in the direction of the wood grain. Fill holes again with wood filler and let dry. Sand with medium sandpaper, working in the direction of the wood grain. Finish with fine sandpaper. Paint with primer and let dry. Apply two coats of paint. Apply topcoat if necessary.


Buckeyegal (not verified)

Thu, 07/01/2010 - 02:19

This is exactly what I need for my daughter's room...and easy peasy! I think I might do this one instead of the hubby! : )

Brandi (not verified)

Sat, 07/03/2010 - 07:21

Love this!! I bought the lumber for it yesterday. I did need to get a 12' 1x12 instead of the 10'. Can't wait to build it and put it in my daughter's room!

Francais Frit (not verified)

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 17:38

Ana- I love your site and have been looking around, planning and plotting forever. I decided I would love to make this my first project.


I still feel like (a loser) I don't know where to begin. I am having a hard time translating the materials list into the cut list. I am a little intimidated to go into our local hardware store with no clue about what I am trying to get.

I'm feeling like I am one step below beginner- please help!