Open Bases for the Cubby Storage Collection

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 12/29/2009 - 23:05
Difficulty
Beginner
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Part of the Cubby Storage Collection, this open base is part storage, part bench, and a whole lot of cuteness! Works with the drawer plan or the cubby hutches. Also available is a media console to create a media storage wall. See all plans in the Cubby Storage Collection.

Special thanks to Angela and Ashley at Shanty2Chic for sharing her photos.

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Dimensions
15 3/4" High x 29" Wide x 23" Deep

Preparation

Shopping List

1 sheet of Hardwood Plywood or MDF (see here for a post on choosing your wood types) 

30″ of 2 1/4″ base moulding (shown below) 
1 – 1×2 
29 x 15 3/4″ piece of 1/4″ plywood (you can use 1/2″ or 3/4″ scrap from the sides) 
2″ Nails 
1 1/4″ Nails 
Wood Glue 
Wood Filler
Sand Paper 
Paint, Varnish, Primer, Brushes and other finishing supplies 
Edge Banding 
You will need moulding for the footer of this cubby.

Lowes sells it here. At our local Home Depot, you can actually cut exactly how much you need, instead of having to buy a 8′ stick. This type of moulding is generally inexpensive.
Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
paint
Cut List

A) 2 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 15″ x 21″ (Sides) 

B) 1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 27 1/2″ x 21″ (Bottom Shelf) 
C) 1 – 1×2 @ 27 1/2″ (Top Inside Trim) 
D) 1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 21 1/2″ x 29″ (Top) 
E) 1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 29″ x 15 3/4″ (Back) 
F) 1 – 2 1/2″ Base Moulding @ 29″ (Base Trim) (See above picture and link)
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Jigsaw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Cut all your boards. Make sure you cut straight boards, especially your plywood. Be aware of your saw blade clearance when marking out your cuts. Use a square or see the HOW-TO section for a video on checking for square. Always use glue and 2″ nails unless otherwise directed. IF YOU ARE USING MDF, YOU MUST USE SPECIAL CABINET SCREWS. Measure and mark your board before fastening.

Instructions

Step 1

Cut the pieces from plywood. Be aware that your sawblade takes up space when you make your cuts, so you can't just mark and cut. Rather you need to mark each board, cut, mark, cut and so on. It is very important that you make good straight cuts.

Step 2

Build the box. Fasten the sides, A (green) to the bottom, as shown above, leaving 1 3/4″ clearance under the bottom shelf, B. Make sure you fasten this piece level and square with the sides.

Step 3

Build the box. Fasten the sides, A (green) to the bottom, as shown above, leaving 1 3/4″ clearance under the bottom shelf, B. Make sure you fasten this piece level and square with the sides.

Step 4

Fasten the top. Keeping the back and side edges flush, fasten the top, D (green) to the sides, A, using 2″ nails. Use the 1 1/4″ nails to nail the top to the top trim piece.

Step 5

Step 6

Fasten the Moulding. Nail the base moulding in place as shown above.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill nail holes with putty and sand. If you built the piece out of 3/4″ plywood, iron the edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood. If you are using MDF, paint as desired. Add your sealer, if desired.

Comments

pj2rc

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:30

I want to build 3 with cubbies added for a window,seat/storage in the kids room. First question, will this be strong enough to hold people with cubbies added for vertical support and second question is, can it just be build as a box straight to the floor instead of lifting the bottom 2" and adding base molding? It would just be wasted space, but I wasn't sure if it was adding horizontal support that way?

pj2rc

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:32

I want to build 3 with cubbies added for a window,seat/storage in the kids room. First question, will this be strong enough to hold people with cubbies added for vertical support and second question is, can it just be build as a box straight to the floor instead of lifting the bottom 2" and adding base molding? It would just be wasted space, but I wasn't sure if it was adding horizontal support that way?

erican007

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 19:53

Ok. I just made my first open cubby. Have a few questions. I am having a hard time getting square on one side(this is after I have attached both sides to bottom.). It keeps shifting and I'm slightly off on one side.
Also, in the tools list you said a Kreg jig. When do I use this?
Thanks I would like to start on my next one but want to make sure I'm doing correctly. Boards are straight

balloongal247

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:30

The Kreg Jig is a fastener tool. This plan doesn't tell you where to do the holes, but you'd put the holes in a non-visible spot, and it is an easy and fairly strong method of fastening. In this one, I'd put the holes in the bottom of the bottom to attach to the sides (and the back) and holes in the bottom of the top piece to do the same.

The Kreg Jig tells you the instructions for spacing and such for strong support. One thing I had an issue with is that when you are setting the drill bit to the right depth, you measure to the part where the drill bit starts getting wide, not the absolute tip. If you measure to the absolute tip, it will barely go into the second piece of wood at all.

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