Rotating Teen Storage Unit

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About Project

This plan is based on the PB Teen Display-It Storage Mirror.  My 13-year-old saw it and wants to build it, so I'm producing plans for it!  I'm going to call the project "intermediate" skill level because of the swivel base part, but the rest of it should be "beginner"!  My version uses 1/2" thick MDF plus, if you want, crown molding and furring strips for decorative purposes.  Good luck!

Sand the pieces before building.  You may desire to paint or stain prior to building as well.  My daughter wants hers to be purple, green and blue, so we'll be prepping ours first, but it is your choice!  Huge disclaimer about the base/lazy susan aspect of it - since I have not made this project yet, I can NOT attest to its safety!

21" x 21' x 70"


Shopping List

3 sheets 1/2" thick 49x97 MDF

Crown Molding, if desired
1x2 Furring Strips for framing mirror and cork board, if desired
Cork Board Roll 58 3/4"L x 17 3/4"
Floor Mirror
Hanging Pegs or Hardware or 3M hooks
Lazy Susan, 12", 5/16" Thick Capacity 1000 lbs.
Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

Sheet #1

2 @ 21" x 64"
2 @ 21" x 21"

Sheet #2
1 @ 21" x 64"
1 @ 21" x 20"
2 @ 21" x 21"
2 @ 19 1/2" x 19 1/2"

Sheet #3 (there will be lots of scraps from this sheet, so if you have a need, cut the pieces NOW!)
2 @ 21" x 20"
2 @ 19 1/2" x 19 1/2"

***Steps #7-#9 contain the images of the 3 MDF sheets for cutting.***
Cutting Instructions

See Cut List.

Speed Square
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
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

Attach Wall square to shelf base with 1 1/4" screws and glue.

Step 2

Attach other Wall and Back to Shelf Base with 1 1/4" screws and glue.

Step 3

Attach Walls and Back to Top with 1 1/4" screws and glue.

Step 4

Attach Shelves at desired heights with 1 1/4" screws OR if you want to make your shelves adjustable, drill the holes for the shelf pins/pegs now (you can use a strip of pegboard as a template)), as desired. The spacing of the shelves in the diagram from top to bottom is about: 11", 6" 15", 15", 15".

Step 5

Step 6

Add crown moulding as desired to add decorative edging to the base and top of the unit. Paint/finish as desired. Add a roll of cork board to one wall; frame if desired. Add a floor length mirror to the other wall. Add hanging pegs or hardware to the back side.

Step 7

This is not an instruction step. This is a cutting diagram for Sheet #1 of the MDF.

Step 8

This is not an instruction step. This is a cutting diagram for Sheet #2 of the MDF.

Step 9

This is not an instruction step. This is a cutting diagram for Sheet #3 of the MDF.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.