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


Sheri (not verified)

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 07:26

There is no little square in the top right corner. I can't see any plans on most of the posts on this site, no matter what I do. It's a shame, because I thought this site was really neat, but why are there no plans? I can't even see a place FOR the plans.

Rise (not verified)

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 13:43

I also would like to know how to make the bench longer. I would like to build a banquet for a 34 x 60 table.

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 11/30/2011 - 07:42

First time I have seen this site . . . . . HOOKED! I am a want to be do it yourself-er. My fiance and father and law laugh when I want to build something. Well :P on them, I am going to take these plans and try them myself. Only questions . . . . . what type of wood am I supposed to use? All the directions look awesome, but they don't say what kind of wood to use . . . . any suggestions would be helpful!

In reply to by Guest (not verified)


Wed, 11/30/2011 - 08:02

I can't wait for you to build something and show them what's what! You can use whatever wood you would like, but Ana usually shows things in pine to keep it simple for us novices and keep the costs down. Pine is softer and easier to work with as opposed to a harder, more expensive wood like oak.

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Wed, 11/30/2011 - 08:24

The only downside here is that this project uses 1x12. Getting decent 1x12 is hard. Consider finding either a regular lumber yard, or trying to buy it from a place that sells a "Select" grade of lumber, such as Menards. It will cost more, but the typical 1x12 is just waiting for a chance to twist and warp into an unrecognizable and unusable shape. Speaking from direct and recent experience here.

White pine would be your preferred wood to use if you have the option of selecting by species. It's light weight, strong and easy to work.

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 01/30/2012 - 10:54

Has anyone been able to figure out how to open the pdf document containing the plans for this project. I tried following some suggestions but they are so vague. (click the box on the right) Where? When I open the pdf it opens with a bunch of gibberish. Any help would be appreciated.


Mon, 01/30/2012 - 11:22

Ana's server isn't configured properly to serve up PDF documents, but if you right-click on the link (Ctrl-Click on a mac), you can save it to your desktop and open it as a proper PDF document. Right-clicking is what is done on every other common operating system, and in those environments it's traditional to have a mouse with a left and a right button. In the Apple world, buttons are passe.