How to Make a Cube Shelf

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Cube shelves are versatile and make great storage space for books, children's toys, games and other items. Making cube shelves is a simple project that can be completed over the course of a day. You will need very little woodworking experience to successfully complete a cube shelf, and the supplies needed can be purchased at any hardware store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 1/2 inch plywood
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Cloth
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Paint or stain
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Use five pieces of 1/2 inch thick plywood to build your cube shelf, which will have four sides and a back.

  2. 2

    Measure each piece of plywood and mark it in a square shape. Each piece should be 1 foot by 1 foot.

  3. 3

    Cut all of your plywood so that it fits the necessary dimensions. Sand the edges and corners of the wood to prevent splinters.

  4. 4

    Paint or stain your plywood to match the decor of the room in which the shelf will be used. Allow the wood to dry for 48 hours before continuing.

  5. 5

    Fasten two pieces of plywood together with wood glue. Place them together at a right angle. Wipe away any excess glue with a soft cloth.

  6. 6

    Allow the glue to dry and hammer in one nail every 4 inches along the seam to hold the wood together.

  7. 7

    Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the two other pieces of plywood.

  8. 8

    Put the two L-shaped pieces of wood together so that they form a box. Add wood glue to the seams and allow it to dry. Wipe away any excess glue with a soft cloth.

  9. 9

    Hammer in one nail every 4 inches along the seams.

  10. 10

    Place the cube face down, so that one of the open sides is exposed. Apply a layer of wood glue around the edges.

  11. 11

    Place the last piece of plywood onto the cube and allow the glue to dry. Wipe away any excess glue from the sides of the cube.

  12. 12

    Hammer in a nail every 4 inches around the perimeter of your cube shelf.

Tips and warnings

  • Work in a well-ventilated area where sawdust and paint fumes will not be a problem.
  • Repeat steps 1 through 12 to make more cube shelves.

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