PB Inspired Daily System - Letter Bin

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Letter Bin

About Project

I've seen MANY requests for someone to knock-off the Daily System by Pottery Barn, so I decided to buckle down and do it. PLEASE don't let my inability to do shapes/angles in SketchUp turn you off to this plan. It's REALLY easy!!!!

This plan requires a "frame" of sorts. If you look closely at the PB daily system, you'll see that it's inset, and I'm sure that's how the papers don't come falling out the bottom. It could be a picture frame that you buy or make, or even an old, spray painted cookie sheet (I debated doing this for the magnetic aspect).

There are no "fasteners" involved, so make sure your cuts are straight and your board is not warped. That'll make it a little easier.

I can't wait to see what everyone does with this! Framing fun fabrics/scrapbook papers, different frame styles.. Ohhhhh, I'm excited!

12" x 15"


Shopping List

1 - 11 x 14 picture frame
1 - 1/4" plywood, 2 ft x 2 ft

Common Materials
Cut List

(a) 2 - 1/4" Ply @ 10" x 2 1/2" (sides)
(b) 1 - 1/4" ply @ 5" x 10 3/4" (bottom bin front) * SEE NOTE
(c) 1 - 1/4" ply @ 7" x 10 3/4" (top bin front) * SEE NOTE

Cutting Instructions

Please print out the template. Select "Scale to fit media" in your print options, and make sure the long, straight edge is 10".

* Measure the INSIDE of your frame. If the inside of your frame is not 10 3/4", use the dimension of your frame.

Tape Measure
Circular Saw
General Instructions

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!


Step 1

Print out template. Select "lanscape" orientation, and "Scale to Fit Media" in your print options.

Step 2

Cut out template and trace onto 1/4" plywood. Cut out using jig saw or circular saw. These will become your sides (a).

Step 3

notch out two 1/4" wide x 1" high rectangle from the top bin front (c).

Step 4

Glue sides (a) to the inside of the frame. TIP: Keep glass in place (but avoid gluing to glass) for proper fit when fully assembled.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
This project is easier to "finish" if the pieces are sanded and painted in advance. After assembly, touch up any paint chips or bumps. Caulk around the edges for a more professional appearance, wipe excess caulk away with a damp sponge.
Finish Used
Krylon - White gloss spray paint