Modern Craft Table
A beautiful craft table is simply a tabletop supported by bookshelves. Special thanks to Cherish for sharing her beautiful inspiring photos with us.
And I’m so sad that the sun went down before I could snap some photos of some of my projects from this weekend. You must stop back by and check them out later this week – I know you are going to love them as much as I do! In the meantime, I wanted to finish plans for the Mod Modular Office Collection Project Desk.
1 – Sheet of 3/4″ Plywood or MDF (Can use 1/2 sheet, tabletop will be 6″ narrower)
3- 8′ 1×12 (Tops and Small Shelves/Two Large Shelves and One Bottom)
1 – 12′ 1×12 (Ends, Dividers)
1 – 12′ 1×10 (Small Bookshelf Sides)
7 – 8′ 1×2
2 – 8′ 2×2
2″ Finish Nails
2″ Screws or 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
Cut List for Project Table (Two Bookshelf Bases and One Top)
2 – 1×12 @ 37 1/4″ (Bookshelf Tops)
2 – 1×12 @ 33 1/2″ (Bookshelf Ends)
2 – 1×12 @ 32″ (Bookshelf Divider)
2 – 1×12 @ 36 1/2″ (Bookshelf Bottom)
4 – 1×12 @ 27″ (Large Shelves)
4 – 1×10 @ 34 1/4″ (Small Bookshelf Sides)
4 – 1×12 @ 8 3/4″ (Small Shelves)
8 – 1×2 @ 27 3/4″ (Large Shelf Side Trim)
8 – 1×2 @ 31 1/4″ (End Trim)
4 – 1×2 @ 13″ (Small Shelf Top and Bottom Trim)
4 – 2×2 @ 36 1/2″ (Floating Base Sides)
4 – 2×2 @ 8 1/2″ (Floating Base Ends)
1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 38″ x 54″ (Top) (For 1/2 sheet of plywood, top is 38″ x 48″)
4 – 2×2 @ 10″ (Floating Base Ends)
4 – 1×2 @ 36 1/2″ (Floating Base Sides)
Begin by measuring and cutting all your boards. Mark out all joints before any assembly. If you are using pocket holes, drill all pocket holes. If you are using screws, drill pilot holes. Attach the pieces with 2″ screws and glue or 1 1/4″ pocket holes screws and glue. Keep outside edges flush. You can optionally attach the shelves (orange) with shelf pins to create adjustable shelves
This is where that nailer would be handy. Attach with glue and 2″ finish nails the small bookshelf sides. Leave 3/4″ under the bottom and make sure you also attach to the center divider (Back of small bookshelf).
You can either place these shelves with shelf pins or use finish nails and glue to secure in place.
Attach the large shelf trim to the sides, keeping top edges flush, with 2″ finish nails and glue. If you are using a Kreg Jig™, build a face frame separately, then attach with 2″ finish nails and glue.
Attach the closed end trim to the end with 2″ finish nails and glue. For fixed shelves, make sure you also nail to the shelves too.
If you are using pocket hole screws, build your face frame separately, then attach with 2″ finish nails and glue. Otherwise, nail the trim on with 2″ finish nails and glue.
Attach the small shelf side trim with 2″ finish nails and glue.
Use 2″ screws and glue to attach the floating base sides to the bottom of the bookshelves.
Attach the floating base ends to the bookshelf with 2″ screws and glue.
Use 2″ screws and glue to attach the floating base ends to the underside of the tabletop. See measurements above for placement.
Attach the floating base sides to the ends with 2″ finish nails and glue.
From the underside of the bookshelves, screw into the floating base with 2″ screws. You may wish to finish the edges of the tabletop with edge banding or nosing for a more finished look. Finish as desired.