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Added/Modified on September 1, 2015
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Tools

Tape Measure
Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
Drill
Countersink Bit for Drill
Square
Sander
Kreg Jig

Lumber

7 – 1×2 at 8’
One sheet of ¾” plywood

Materials

1-1/4” pocket hole screws
1-1/4” screws
Edge banding for the top, optional
Wood filler
Sandpaper
Wood glue
Finishing Supplies

Cut List

8 – 1×2 at 30-3/4” – Legs
4 – 1×2 at 12-15/16” – Upper Side Frame
4 – 1×2 at 19” – Middle Side Frames
4 – 1×2 at 24-1/8” – Lower Side Frames
8 – 1×2 at 16-1/2” – Stretchers
2 – ¾” plywood at 15” x 19” – Upper Shelves
2 – ¾” plywood at 15” x 24-1/8” – Lower Shelves
4 – 1×2 at 26” – Top Supports
1 – ¾” plywood at 30” x 64” – Top

Instructions

Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save our plans, be sure to check back before starting your build, to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut the angles as shown using a miter saw or a jig saw.Cut the pieces for the frames. Cut the angles in the upper frame pieces as shown. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.Cut the pieces for the middle and lower frame pieces. Attach to the legs as shown using glue and countersunk 1-1/4” screws.

Step 2

Cut the pieces for the stretchers. Drill pocket holes in each end and attach to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The top of the stretchers should be flush with the top of the frame pieces.

Step 3

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Drill pocket holes in all four edges, then attach to the stretchers and frame pieces using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The top of the shelf should be flush with the top of the stretchers and frame pieces.

Step 4

Cut the pieces for the top and the top supports. If using edge banding, apply it to the top piece before assembly. Drill pocket holes along one long edge of each of the supports and attach to the top as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.Place the top on the leg assemblies and secure using glue and countersunk 1-1/4” screws.

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired.

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