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.



Mon, 08/08/2016 - 14:07

I realize it's been over a year since you posted this, but I couldn't help saying something. When you run into difficulty like this don't forget to check out the possiblities of re-using good pieces of reclaimed wood. I use pallets, barn wood and sometimes scrap wood from our local lumber yard. I then purchase only the large pieces that are needed, such as plywood etc to complete my projects. I really think this project could be done for less than your total of $155 if you could use reclaimed wood. Also, just as a tip, paint can be very expensive if you buy it right off the shelf. Shop around and find all the mistint or return paints at your local hardware or home improvement stores. I have found colors I would never have thought of but absolutetly love for usually 50% of the original price. Another saving tip, when you upgrade your office chair and are going to throw out your old, save the wheels. You may need them for another project down the road and will be happy you saved them. In other words, never stop crafting or building because something is too expensive....just look for an alternate way to build. I guess I'm taking forever to say "think outside of the box" to complete a project that at first glance seems too expensive. I hope this helps you or anyone else who reads this to re-think using new lumber ONLY and will encourage you to reuse that old dresser you were going to throw away, or pick up a pallet on the side of the road. You will be amazed at the results!


Thu, 09/03/2015 - 19:34

Is there any chance you could fix the link to the .pdf plans? Also, do you ever share your sketchup plans?




Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:38

Has noone brought up the fact that the plans tell you to get 2 8-foot 2x2s (196 linear inches) yet the cut list requires you to use 220 linear inches? 


4 – 2×2 @ 36 1/2″ (Floating Base Sides) - 146 inches
4 – 2×2 @ 8 1/2″ (Floating Base Ends) - 34 inches
4 – 2×2 @ 10″ (Floating Base Ends) - 40 inches

146+34+40 = 220, which is over 18 feet. You only have 16 feet of 2x2. Has NO ONE noticed this yet? Am I missing something?


Wed, 03/30/2016 - 02:53

Hi there Ana,

 I was just wondering if you can clarify the sizes for me?   You say that  we will need 3-8' 1x12 for example... so I am taking this as we need three of the same size wood pieces ...   but i'm assuming the  8' 1x12 is equivelent to 8 feet ..but what does the 1x12 mean? Can you please clarify for me? I want to make this but I want to get the right measurements and understand them. 



Mon, 08/08/2016 - 13:56

I love this desk as it has so much storage capability. I think that this desk has many varying uses for all types of crafters, artists, etc. Thank you Ana White for all your amazing and creative ideas! You give inspiration to all of us!