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72″ tall, 39″ wide, 11.5″ deep

Materials and Tools

Shopping List:

• 1 – 2 x 12 @ 12′
• 1 – 2 x 12 @ 16′
• 8 L-brackets

2 1/2 inch screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper


measuring tape
Kreg Jig™
compound miter saw
countersink drill bit

Cut List:

• 2 – 2×12 @ 72″ (sides)
• 5 – 2×12 @ 36″ (shelves)

Cutting Instructions:

You can easily get these boards cut down at your Orange or Blue for easy transport. Otherwise, take the boards home and cut with your favorite saw.

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. 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.

Step 1

Build your box by attaching the top and bottom shelf sandwiched between the two sides with 2 1/2″ screws. Check for square. I would recommend not using a Kreg Jig™ unless you have the plugs, as you will easily see holes on the undersides of the shelves. Predrill and/or countersink your holes to prevent splitting.

Step 2

On your sides, measure up 18″ for the center of the first shelf, 36″ for the center of the middle shelf, and 54″ for the center of the third shelf. Predrill your holes where you’ve marked on each side, and attach your shelves with 2 1/2″ screws. Keep checking for square on each shelf, and level as well. Predrill and/or countersink your holes to prevent splitting.

Step 3

Attach two L-brackets on the bottom wall-side of your shelves for added stability.

Finishing 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.

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