• In this video, learn how to build wall cubbies.

    Steps:

    1. Mark off two 12-by-12-inch squares and two 11-by-12-inch pieces on birch-veneer plywood.
    2. Mark off a 12-by-12-inch square and an 11-by-11-inch square on a piece of luaun or ¼-inch plywood.
    3. Clamp down the workpiece, then use a jigsaw to cut out the pieces.
    4. Run a bead of glue on the edges of the shorter plywood pieces. Fit the 12-inch pieces over them and clamp the box together.
    5. Nail the box together with 4d finish nails.
    6. Glue and nail the 12-by-12 piece of luaun over the back.
    7. Use a random-orbit sander to smooth the surface.
    8. Paint the box with a clear coat of polyurethane or some colorful paint.
    9. Paint the front edge in a bright color (optional).
    10. Attach stacked boxes to the wall with screws and wall anchors.
    11. Cover the 11-by-11-inch piece of luaun with fabric.
    12. Stick the fabric panels to the inside of the box with Velcro tape.

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    • Difficulty: Easy
      All the pieces are made with simple square cuts, and assembly and finishing is very basic
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      Tools List

      • 30-foot tape measure
        Tape measure
      • straight edge
        Straightedge ruler
      • jigsaw
        Jigsaw, circular saw, or handsaw
      • safety glasses
        Safety glasses
      • random orbit sander
        Random-orbit sander or sanding block
      • bar clamps
        Bar clamps
      • hammer with nailset
        Hammer and nailset
      • putty knife
        Putty knife
      • paintbrush
        2-inch paintbrush
      • Artist's Brush
        Artist's brush
      • staple gun
        Staple gun
      • drill
        Drill/driver fitted with 1/16-inch drill bits
      • Phillips screwdriver
        Screwdriver

      Shopping List

      1. One quarter-sheet of ½-inch birch-veneer plywood

      2. One quarter-sheet of luaun or ¼-inch plywood

      3. 4d finish nails

      4. 1-inch box nails

      5. 120-grit sandpaper

      6. Stainable wood glue

      7. Stainable wood putty
      8. Clear acrylic finish or latex paint

      9. Acrylic artist’s paint

      10. ½ yard of fabric

      11. ¼-inch staples

      12. ¼-inch staples

      13. 2-inch screws with corresponding washers and wall anchors

      14. Velcro tape