DIY Kid's art center plans from ana-white.com
12 feet of 1x12 boards
4 feet of 1x3 boards
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x2 @ 4 feet long
1 - 3/4" plywood or project panel 48" x 24" (available off the shelf)
2 - 1x12 @ 32" (Sides)
2 - 1x3 @ 24" (Top)
2 - 1x2 @ 24" (Bottoms)
3 - 1x12 @ 24" (Shelves)
2 - 1x2 @ 11-1/4" (Cleats)
2 - 2x2 @ 20-1/4" (Legs)
2 - 1x2 @ 46-1/2" (Side Aprons)
1 - 1x2 @ 21" (Front Apron)
1 - 3/4" plywood or other tabletop @ 24" x 48" (tabletop)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Attach bottom and top boards to the two side 1x12s. 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue are preferred but you could also attach with 2" countersunk screws from outsides of 1x12s with glue.
Attach shelves next, with the top and bottom shelves on top/bottom of boards from step 1. Recommend attaching first with pocket holes, than glue and nailing into the 1x2s/1x3s.
Attach cleats to inside of bookshelf with 1-1/4" screws or nails and glue.
This completes the bookshelf.
Now, the table. Drill 3/4" pocket holes on ends of end apron, and one end of side aprons. Attach to legs, flush to inside, with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.
TIP: Also drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward in aprons for attaching tabletop in next step.
Table then can just rest on the cleats. You can also secure table aprons to cleats with screws.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.