(In Developement) Modular Custom Hight Wooden Cubbies

Introduction: (In Developement) Modular Custom Hight Wooden Cubbies

and i didnt realize i couldnt edit the title...

Hey Everyone, this will be my first Instructible ever and after reading and/or following dozens of other 'ibles i think i know what to do.

i am still in the early stages of building this (havn't even bought the wood yet...) and will edit this as i go along adding pictures and schematics as i make them.

to start you off, i will say that the estimated cost for a approx 4.5' tall and 3' wide set of modular cubbies which would supply you with over 12 cubic feet of storage space among anywhere from 6 to 24 cubbies will cost no more than $20

AND IF YOU CALL NOW YOU WILL ALSO GET.... well ok no you wont get anything for calling now, but I've always loved it when the infomercials said that.

i'll be back soon with more. for now im installing my student version of Autocad to draw you some pretty pictures of my ideas.

Step 1: Materials and Supplies Required and Some Cost Info

Tools for the Job:
-Power Drill (for holes)
-Table saw (any saw WILL work, but the table saw makes things much quicker)


Wood: [this still isnt set in stone because i havn't finished going from raw idea to set design.]
1 -- 2"x4"x10' beam
1 -- 2"x2"x8'
1 -- 2"x6"x8'
1 -- 7/16"x4'x8' plywood
-- a bunch of screws i will probably be using 4" and 1"
and a four 1/2" diameter x 3" long bolts for use in "modular mode"

Step 2: 2x4 Cut Dimesions in CAD

because the time when i am free enough to actually do stuff like this is at night, i am not able to usually get the supplies for the project until a couple days after i have it all planned out, but here is a mock up of the 2x4 with their dimensions in inches.

if you are thinking to yourself, why doesn't he just use those little metal pegs u can buy for making book cases?
the reason is because the cost for just one shelf worth of those pegs would almost match that of the wood... not worth it to me.

the cylinders at the tops of the 2x4s represent wooden/metal dowels which would help secure the stacked shelf above in place.

Step 3: 2x2 Cut Dimensions in CAD

up next are the 2x2s which were cut to 10 inch lengths

four are needed for each module

Step 4: 2x6 Cut Dimensions in CAD

yet another pic with these cut to...22 inches

Step 5: Plywood Cut Dimensions in CAD

slice and dice that board down till you have as many 9.5"x11.875" sheets
i "cut" 8 sheets for my virtual shelves

Step 6: Let's Put Together What We Have So Far...

i think that until i build this for myself some time this week (april 24th-may 1st 2009) i wont really know how much detail to write down about the construction. i'll be using various length screws, some going in at an angle.

...i didn't start this 'ible to teach people how to screw pieces of wood together tho... i did it to show which pieces of wood go where.

Step 7: Back Covers (optional)

i am pretty sure that i will use one of the back cover variants to help prevent the shelves from sliding out the back, but whether or not u want the back of the setup opened up for use in the middle of a room or something like that or not is up to you... obviously

the first pic is of a full 28' by 19.25" sheet of the same plywood sheet screwed to the back by imaginary screws. these dimensions provide a 1 inch border around the slotted grooves in the 2x4 to allow easy installation.

the second pic is just enough of the plywood to cover the slots in the 2x4s and prevent pushing the shelves right out the back. this setup also allows for rear access.

Step 8: And Ur Done....

if you want, you can make some more and stack em up... though i probably wont stack more than two high unless it was bolted to the wall. i live in the bay area California and would hate to get crushed by something i made during an earthquake.

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    10 years ago on Step 2

    You realize that, normally, a 2x4 isn't actually 2 inches by 4 inches. They're usually 1.5x3.5.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I can't wait!!! I need a shelf just like that, only bigger...