DIY wall cubbies - plans by ANA-WHITE.com
1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x10 @ 8 feet long
scrap 1x boards (1x3-1x8s) to fill in back at least 36-1/2" long
FOR ONE CUBBY SHELF
4 - 1x10 @ 12" (vertical dividers)
1 - 1x10 @ 36-1/2" (middle shelf)
2 - 1x12 @ 38" (top and bottom)
2 - 1x12 @ 24-3/4" (sides)
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!
Start by building the interior shelf and vertical dividers. I built mine with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.
Then I built the outer frame, all out of 1x12 boards, again with pocket holes. But since I couldn't fit my drill inside to pocket hole the inner divider pieces to the outer frame, I used glue and 1-1/4" brad nails to attach the outer frame to the inner divider pieces.
IMPORTANT - Leave 3/4" gap on the back to allow for the back pieces to sit inset (see next step).
Then I just found scrap 1x boards and place in the back, leaving gaps in between. I nailed and glued except for the top board I screwed in place because I used this board to hang the shelf to the wall.
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.