This is one of my first wood projects, so the construction is pretty basic. I just used screws to create the frame, as I knew I they would be covered by the paper. if you have any construction tips to add, please feel free to post in the comments.
Step 1: What you Need
• 8 feet 1x10 (this is pretty exact, you might want to get more just in case)
• 3 feet thin board (1/8"-1/4" thick) 10" wide (for drawer bottoms and backs)
• screws and brads
• black high gloss paint
• decorative paper/poster for accent color
• 2 drawer pulls
For equipment, I used a table saw, circular saw, and drill. Also the belt sander for when I had to fudge things to fit, which happened more than I'd like to admit. I built it at the San Francisco TechShop, which is an open-access workshop, so it has pretty much every kind of tool on hand.
Step 2: Cut Wood for Main Body
From your 1x10, cut:
32" wide for main shelf piece
x2 7.5" wide pieces for bottom of drawer containers
x4 4.5" wide pieces for sides of drawer containers
And from your thin board, cut:
x2 9"x4.5" pieces of thin board for backing of drawer containers
For the drawer container pieces from the 1x10, you will then want to shave off the width of your thin board from their 10" measurement, to accommodate the width of the backing.
Step 3: Construct Main Body
When both drawer casings are finished, screw them to the main 32" piece.
Step 4: Cut Wood for Drawers
From your 1x10, you will be cutting pieces for the sides and front of the drawers. If all your measurements have been accurate up to this point, your side pieces should measure roughly 3.75" high, and they will need to be trimmed around 1" (depending on the thickness of your thin board) to allow space for the front panel. The front pieces should be roughly 3.75" x 7.5". However for all of these pieces make sure to measure, as in mine I found slight differences between the two sides and cut accordingly.
You will also need to cut the wood for the bottom and back from your thin sheet of wood, but that will come later.
Step 5: Create Grooves for Drawer Bottom
To make the grooves, I used a crosscut sled for the table saw, which allowed me to make them more accurately and safely. This picture is from a later step, but is to show what the setup looks like. I made the grooves about 1/4" into the wood. Because my thin wood was around 3/16" thick, I had to make two passes with the table saw to create the width of groove that I needed. I made them around 1/4" up from the bottom of the drawer.
After making the lengthwise grooves, measure and cut the pieces for the bottoms of your drawers. It should be flush with the front and back of the side pieces. Put the pieces together, and check that it fits into the space for the drawers!
Step 6: Create Grooves for Drawer Back
Use the same technique to add a back to each drawer.
Make the grooves along the backside of the side panels, making sure all your pieces match up (unlike mine- as you can see in this picture I messed up and added a channel on the front by accident!).
Once finished, measure and cut your back panel pieces to size.
Step 7: Attach Drawer Pieces Together
Line the edges of the drawer bottom and back with wood glue, and fit all the drawer pieces together. Clamp it together and allow to dry, making sure it doesn't warp.
When they are dry, screw on the front drawer panels.
And voila, done with the woodworking and time to move on to decoration!
Step 8: Paint Shelf
Time for paint! I knew I was going to cover the top, sides, and drawer faces with colored paper, so I only painted the surfaces that I knew would be exposed (front and back edges, inside and outside of drawers, under and inside of stand.
I used high-gloss black oil based paint, to get a nice shiny finish. Apply two coats, allowing it to thoroughly dry in between.
Step 9: Add Paper Accents
Once you have measured and cut the pieces to attach, lay down glue and spread evenly across the wood surface with a piece of cardboard. Carefully place your paper down and smooth out any wrinkles. Add weight on top of the paper, and work your way across the top of the shelf this way, smoothing and weighting down the paper as you go. I used a sheet of waxed paper to make sure no excess glue ended up on the books I used for weight.
I applied the paper first to the top, and then to the sides, drying it as shown in the last picture.
Also cut paper for the front of the drawers, and glue/weight those as well.