Easy Three Cube Bench

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Easy to build shelves, organize any room of you home.

How cute is that?

We've already got the tower bookcases for the Cube Collection, and the Six Cube Bookshelf, so today's bench get's us half way through this collection.  I would love to add an eight cube tall bookshelf, storage bins and lockers, much like these ones from Land of Nod.  And the hutches and drawers look like just about anything could be stored in there.  Tempting.

But today we will just stick with this simple bench.  The bins shown are 11 1/2" cubes, and fit perfectly in this bench.  I love this collection because it is so simple and easy to build.


Shopping List

1 1x12, 12’ Long
3 1x2s, 8’ Length
2” Screws
1 1/4” Finish Nails
2” Finish Nails
1 Small Tube Wood Glue
Finishing Supplies including wood filler

Cut List

2- 1x12 40 1/2” Top and Bottom
2- 1x12 14 1/2 “ Sides
2- 1x12 12 1/4” Cubby Dividers
4- 1x2 18” Legs
4- 1x2 39” Shelf Trim
4- 1x2 11 ½” Cubby Divider Trim

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

This plan was published as a PDF post. please see attached PDF


Irene Linenberger (not verified)

Tue, 10/26/2010 - 13:59

I'm curious as to an approximate cost to make this? Just wondering how cost effective this is vs an alternative. I know it's a lot cheaper than purchasing the brand name one. Thanks for any help you can offer!

Mandy (not verified)

Thu, 10/28/2010 - 08:45

I'm having trouble opening any of the plans on this site too. I really would like to make some of these adorable projects but I'm having a lot of technical difficulties with this site. None of links to the project are loading for me either.

And really, if it was a perfect world each project would also outline the price, skill level, as well as the pics posted by people that have built them. But alas, the world is not a perfect world :(

Irene Linenberger (not verified)

Sun, 10/31/2010 - 17:45

Well, just bought everything yesterday from Home Depot. Bought pine for my "box" wood and poplar for my face boards. It all cost me almost $70! That's not even including my paint-ouch! It was a learning experience and I'm glad I did it. When I get it sanded and painted, I'll post pics. Finished it this morning and am very proud, even if I did make a few mistakes :o)

Lesley (not verified)

Sun, 11/14/2010 - 18:58

Am I the only one who can't see the plans? I'd love to build this this week for my 8-year-old!

Stephanie (not verified)

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 02:43

Lesley I can't see the plans either. They are embedded and the link must be broken or something:-(

MRW888 (not verified)

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 11:55

click the square in the top right hand corner and open the plans in a new window. Its a Google document so it may take a minute to load.

liz (not verified)

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:49

Just wondering how I would lengthen the bench to include five or six cubes? Would I have to add a center support? Are there already plans for a storage bench this long on the site?

Btw-Thanks Ana so much for the site-I'm addicted!

knuckstermom (not verified)

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 12:26

See that image about half way down the page, it looks like another webpage with a scroll bar on the side? Click the last icon on the top of that tool bar to open the directions. I couldn't find them either and then I figured it out. Yay!!