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.



Thu, 12/15/2011 - 07:48

Hello I love the plan but when i bought all the materials and was making the cuts I noticed that the plan calls for 2 1x4x8's when actually that isnt enough. You need 3 1x4x8's to complete the project. Maybe someone can update the list to save people time in the future so they can get everything at once.


Thu, 01/05/2012 - 06:04

The first item in the materials list is the wood she used. Either MDF or A1 plywood. A1 plywood will cost you more, but it will be both lighter and stronger than the MDF. In my book it's worth the price.

A1 plywood is a very fine grade, with two sanded presentation quality sides that are suitable for stain, paint or even a clear finish like polyurethane.

MDF is a sheet material similar to plywood composed of sawdust and glue. It is very dense and does not warp, making it an ideal base material for counter and table tops. Unfortunately it doesn't have a lot of strength, so it is bad at holding screws. It's not a good choice for structural components like the sides of a case. It also looks like cardboard (which is what it is), so you need to paint it unless you're willing to settle for a very utilitarian look.


Thu, 02/09/2012 - 04:28

MDF needs to be painted, or sealed with a hard finish like polyurethane. If you choose polyurethane, I recommend a thinned oil-based poly. It penetrates the MDF slightly and will darken and seal it. A water bourne polyurethane will leave it the light color, which isn't as appealing.

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Tue, 02/21/2012 - 10:32

Where did you purchase the bookshelves at? I can not find any in the dimensions that you have listed. Ikea's are to short.


Sun, 05/05/2013 - 16:24

I am really amazed with this tips. I will eventually make one like this at home. This will truly help us save money since we can make our own to be used at home. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. - JustFab


Wed, 03/18/2015 - 21:55

I'm giving this project a shot this weekend took up building stuff for my home once I realized I can build things I just needed sence of direction thank you


Wed, 04/03/2019 - 08:24

I saw the post on FB by someone who used your Craft Desk plans to make a greatly enlarged version of it which I absolutely love. Can you include plans to make this larger version?

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