18g Brad nailer (optional)
- 1 Sheet of Plywood , 3/4”x4x8
Hardware & Supplies
- 1 Box of 1 ¼” pocket hole screws (see tools list)
- 1 Pack of Kreg shelf pins (see tools list)
- 1 Wood glue
- 1 Pair of safety glasses/ PPE
- 1 Paint or stain of choice
- 2 Clamps
- 1 Measuring tape
- 1 Level
Cut List & Parts
- 4 Side pieces , 48”x12”
- 8 Shelves , 10.5” x12”
- 1 Top , 74”x12”
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Check it out to see the process of the steps described here, PLUS see how I take this basic plan for building cubbies and create my own custom closet organization system with a base structure and face frames.
all your components to size. — I used a track saw but you can use a circular saw with a straight edge, the Kreg Rip Cut Circular Saw Guide or the Kreg ACS Plunge Saw, or take advantage of the free cuts at the store!
pocket holes using the Kreg 720PRO into 6 of the 8 shelves on both the left and right sides. We’ll make 2 of the shelves adjustable so they won’t need pocket holes. Do each pocket hole about 2” away from the edges and add 1 in the middle for extra insurance.
holes using the Kreg Shelf Pin Jig on 2 of the 4 side panels. These will face each other for the center cubby shelves. Depending on how much adjustability you want, you can skip every other hole.
the cubbies by first marking where you want the shelves to go. I like to place everything where I think it looks good or use a measuring tape to evenly space shelves. Use a square and a level to make sure shelves aren’t going to be uneven. Using a pencil, mark where you plan to secure them to the sides. You can apply wood glue here if you have it but it isn’t 100% necessary. Finally, clamp your shelf where you want it between the side pieces and fasten together using Kreg screws.
this process for each shelf. I fastened my top piece down into the cubbies with screws but you can opt for pocket hole joinery instead if that’s easier for your space. Consider using wall cleats to support the ends of your top piece to avoid sag over time.
(optional) your project with face framing to hide the plywood edges. This can be done using 1x2 material and cutting it to the same lengths you chose for your side pieces and shelves. Center it evenly on the plywood parts. You can simply glue and brad nail these decorative pieces to the front of your cubbies. Paint or stain your project and then install! Make sure to take a picture in front of your build and tag @oakhillmillworks and @kregjig on Instagram so we can see!