Modern Craft Table

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 09/12/2010 - 21:31
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A beautiful craft table is simply a tabletop supported by bookshelves. Special thanks to Cherish for sharing her beautiful inspiring photos with us.


And I'm so sad that the sun went down before I could snap some photos of some of my projects from this weekend.  You must stop back by and check them out later this week - I know you are going to love them as much as I do!  In the meantime, I wanted to finish plans for the Mod Modular Office Collection Project Desk.

Overall Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

1 – Sheet of 3/4″ Plywood or MDF (Can use 1/2 sheet, tabletop will be 6″ narrower)
3- 8′ 1×12 (Tops and Small Shelves/Two Large Shelves and One Bottom)
1 – 12′ 1×12 (Ends, Dividers)
1 – 12′ 1×10 (Small Bookshelf Sides)
7 – 8′ 1×2
2 – 8′ 2×2
2″ Finish Nails
2″ Screws or 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
Wood Glue
Finishing Supplies

Cut List

Cut List for Project Table (Two Bookshelf Bases and One Top)

2 – 1×12 @ 37 1/4″ (Bookshelf Tops)
2 – 1×12 @ 33 1/2″ (Bookshelf Ends)
2 – 1×12 @ 32″ (Bookshelf Divider)
2 – 1×12 @ 36 1/2″ (Bookshelf Bottom)
4 – 1×12 @ 27″ (Large Shelves)
4 – 1×10 @ 34 1/4″ (Small Bookshelf Sides)
4 – 1×12 @ 8 3/4″ (Small Shelves)
8 – 1×2 @ 27 3/4″ (Large Shelf Side Trim)
8 – 1×2 @ 31 1/4″ (End Trim)
4 – 1×2 @ 13″ (Small Shelf Top and Bottom Trim)
4 – 2×2 @ 36 1/2″ (Floating Base Sides)
4 – 2×2 @ 8 1/2″ (Floating Base Ends)
1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 38″ x 54″ (Top) (For 1/2 sheet of plywood, top is 38″ x 48″)
4 – 2×2 @ 10″ (Floating Base Ends)
4 – 1×2 @ 36 1/2″ (Floating Base Sides)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Power Sander


Step 1

Begin by measuring and cutting all your boards. Mark out all joints before any assembly. If you are using pocket holes, drill all pocket holes. If you are using screws, drill pilot holes. Attach the pieces with 2″ screws and glue or 1 1/4″ pocket holes screws and glue. Keep outside edges flush. You can optionally attach the shelves (orange) with shelf pins to create adjustable shelves

Step 2

This is where that nailer would be handy. Attach with glue and 2″ finish nails the small bookshelf sides. Leave 3/4″ under the bottom and make sure you also attach to the center divider (Back of small bookshelf).

Step 3

You can either place these shelves with shelf pins or use finish nails and glue to secure in place.

Step 4

Attach the large shelf trim to the sides, keeping top edges flush, with 2″ finish nails and glue. If you are using a Kreg Jig™, build a face frame separately, then attach with 2″ finish nails and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

If you are using pocket hole screws, build your face frame separately, then attach with 2″ finish nails and glue. Otherwise, nail the trim on with 2″ finish nails and glue.

Step 7

Attach the small shelf side trim with 2″ finish nails and glue.

Step 8

Use 2″ screws and glue to attach the floating base sides to the bottom of the bookshelves.

Step 9

Attach the floating base ends to the bookshelf with 2″ screws and glue.

Step 10

Use 2″ screws and glue to attach the floating base ends to the underside of the tabletop. See measurements above for placement.

Step 11

Attach the floating base sides to the ends with 2″ finish nails and glue.

Step 12

From the underside of the bookshelves, screw into the floating base with 2″ screws. You may wish to finish the edges of the tabletop with edge banding or nosing for a more finished look. Finish as desired.



Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:16

I know its been a while since you commented, but if you make it at the 54"x38" it will be perfect for the large cutting mats sold at Joann's Fabric. The cutting mats are 54" x 36".


Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:17

I know its been a while since you commented, but if you make it at the 54"x38" it will be perfect for the large cutting mats sold at Joann's Fabric. The cutting mats are 54" x 36".

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 13:40

My husband went to Lowe's this morning and got to work cutting. We ended up short on a couple boards. Anyone else have this problem?


Sat, 03/03/2012 - 17:19

The first rule is that you should never trust a cut list/shopping list that you didn't come up with yourself. I also try to add on 20% to the materials buy to account for waste.

MaryT19 (not verified)

Sat, 05/12/2012 - 21:29

This is exactly what I wanted for my craft table so I can store my fabric in bins on the sides and maximize my space! Thank you so much!


Sun, 10/07/2012 - 20:40

Hi there (Ana maybe!),
I am an Aesthetician and I love the crafts table. I was wondering if there is a way to cut out a "u" shape or even half moon so that if I were to be working with clients I want it to be comfortable to do manicures and such things. I don't want to lose out on any of that storage under the desk, that is really what caught my eye. I'm new to working with wood (very new) but I found your work inspirational for me and other women out there.



Tue, 03/12/2013 - 10:13

I loved this project and it was perfect for my sewing needs. I set out to build it right away. I purchased all the wood and made all the cuts according to the cut list. However when I started piecing it together I realized that my 1x10s measured 1/4"shorter than what the plan accounted for. So I had to go back and re-cut ALL my small shelves, the top and bottom, and the long piece that made the shelves floating. I decided not to shorten the table top and the long floating piece of the table top by 1/4" however. That was my choice, but technically it should have been done! Please be warned of this snafu as I was not too happy having to re-cut all my wood.

Also check to make sure that the purchase amount of wood will be enough. I followed the plans from the book and the amount of wood listed to buy was not enough! I had to go back and buy an additional 2x2, 1x12 and 1x2. I didn't have to purchase the full 8' but when I added up all the inches you needed for each of these sizes the number of inches needed was more than the total I had, not accounting for the loss you get from the saw blade and not being able to use all 8' of the board because of cut lengths, etc.

I hope this keeps at least one person from having to go back to the lumber yard and from having to re-cut your wood! Despite the hassle I love how my craft/sewing table turned out! I'll be doing more projects from this website, and the book for sure!


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:42

I love the table. My fiance and I will be making this table this weekend. I was wondering if you have the plan for that chair too. I love how it goes together. Thank you. :)