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.



Fri, 02/19/2021 - 11:47

I know this is an old post, but I just want to say BE CAREFUL with the measurements provided in this tutorial - not all of them are correct. For example, the 1x10 boards on the sides of the bookcases would not sit flush with one side or the other as written. She lists 8.75" for the small bookshelves, which works mathematically if you look at the other measurements such as the top and bottom boards. However, f you look at step 2, it says to use a 1x10 to cover the 8.75" space plus the side of the 1x12 divider board (3/4"). The measurement in the post doesn't make sense either way, but the ACTUAL size of a 1x10 is 0.75x9.25, and the ACTUAL size of a 1x12 is 0.75x11.25. So, as written, the 9.25" (1x10) board ends up 1/4 inch short since is has to cover 8.75"+0.75". It will either not sit flush with the outer edge of the small bookshelf or the divider - either way, not good. I double checked all the math on this and later saw that another reviewer had also mentioned this specific issue years ago. To resolve this issue, I am making the top and bottom boards as well as the small shelves 1/4 inch shorter each. I will adjust any other pieces as needed; I will need to work through each step slowly and not cut all my wood at once as I had originally planned.

The opposite is true for the short trim pieces in Step 6 - they are listed as 13". If they are to sit flush, they should measure 12.75". They cover 2 of the skinny sides of 1x10s (0.75" each) and the flat side of a 1x12 (11.25"). 0.75+0.75+11.25=12.75. Luckily this would be a much easier issue to fix than the first one I caught.

You can use a cutlist tool online and/or make your own - I did not attempt to use the original list since I plan to modify these plans somewhat, but several people said they are wrong and at a glance, they look wrong. You will likely end up short on wood if you simply follow directions.

This looks like a beautiful craft table and I can't wait to build it. But, be very careful, do your own measurements, and don't waste valuable lumber. It's at a premium right now!!