Plans to build a Pottery Barn Kids inspired Number Cubby Shelf. This shelf features eight small cubbies in a vintage paint finish. Free simple step by step plans use standard lumber and simple tools. Build this Number Cubby Shelf for under $10.
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
4 - 1x3 @ 38 3/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 38 3/4"
9 - 1x3 @ 7 1/4" (One end cut at 45 degrees off square, long point measurement)
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!
I cut a scrap 1x3 to 4" length and used it as a block to help me space the dividers. Then I nailed the dividers to the bottom, spaced 4" apart. This part was a bit tricky, because my nailer requires me to push really hard (it's battery powered) so you may just want to mark screw holes, predrill, and attach with screws. Don't forget your glue.
Now you still want to make sure the back is 4" spaced at the top. Attach the back boards to the cubby dividers and bottom with 2" finish nails and glue. As you near the top, use 1 1/4" finish nails because the miter cut will not give you enough clearance for the 2" nails.
And now nail the front boards on, again, using the 4" block as a guide.
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.