Painted Bookcase/Cube Organizer

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Project by gabriellus posted 01-30-2015 03:28 PM 1264 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed somewhere for the 7 year old to stash his books and Legos that wasn’t the floor. All the retail giants sell those particle board cube organizers for like $40 or more, I said nuts to that, BUILD ONE!

I had various lengths of 1×12 around, left over or reclaimed from this or that, so I put them to work. Since I knew this piece would end up painted and thus hide all my mistakes, I took the opportunity to try dado joints. The sides, top and bottoms have dadoes to receive the horizontal shelves and vertical pieces. I half-lapped the middle vertical member and two shelving pieces to receive each other. You can see the wildly different pieces of wood and the joinery really well in the second picture. The openings are 12” by 12” to be able to fit the retail storage cubes.

The dry fit was racking a little more than I was comfortable with, so I added a 1/4” plywood backing to tighten everything up. I just got a compressor and some nailers for Christmas, and thus I glued and brad-nailed everything together. Grabbed the router and added a chamfered edge to the top. Putty, caulk, sand, two coats of Behr Premium Plus semi-gloss.

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#1 posted 02-04-2015 05:07 AM

nice looking results – always good to see great usage of leftovers from previous projects…

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 05:44 PM

$25 for the paint (of which there is tons leftover)

Not bad.

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