Monday, August 20, 2012

DIY Storage Cubbies with Adjustable Shelves

I mentioned on Facebook the other day that I was getting to play with new tools while building something with my Mother this past week…well, this is what we were building:  DSCN9134My Mother is the librarian at my son’s small Christian school.  The school did a bunch of remodeling this Summer…including a little front office makeover.  In the process, they realized that they needed a new set of cubbies.  Of course, my Mother volunteered US to build the custom size needed!

The pattern came from none other than Ana White…you can find it here:  (Be sure to watch her video…there are important steps in the video that are not clear on the written instructions.)  Ours is a little different because we needed our unit to have 18 cubbies…enough for all of the school staff to have a “mailbox”.

We bought the lumber, moulding, and screws.  I brought my circular saw and we set to work in my parents’ garage. Warning: These are not the most flattering pictures…but it was over 100 degrees on a hot South Texas day and many were taken by my 10 year old son.DSCN8991We finally got to play with my Kreg Jig Jr! I have been itching to try it out and it did not disappoint. Look at these awesome joints:DSCN9005DSCN9002DSCN9013The basic unit is complete…so far so good.DSCN9018We added the frame and then played with my Mother’s new Kreg tool…a Shelf Pin Jig!  This was cool and easy to use. It allows you to easily make adjustable shelving. Your holes will always be lined-up…saves the measuring and marking and guesswork!!DSCN9029DSCN9030My son and my niece even got in on the building with Grandma:DSCN9035Cubby Adyson 2My Mother added the molding and painted the unit herself a few days later.100_1391 editDSCN9134We delivered it to the school this afternoon and they loved it!  Aren’t those adjustable shelves neat?DSCN9135Let me know if you build one!

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