3 Drawer Storage Shelf

Hi Friends!  Today I am sharing an easy build, a 3 Drawer Storage Shelf!  
I so want to build this 3 Drawer storage Shel!  Full picture tutorial at MyLove2Create.com
Isn't it cute?!  I made it out of some scrap wood and it can be used in so many different ways.

How to Build a 3 Drawer Storage Shelf:


1- 8 foot 1x8 (7 1/4'' x 3/4'') board
1- 6 foot 1x8 (7 1/4'' x 3/4'') board  or scrap
1- 8 foot 1x4 (3 1/2'' x 3/4'') board or scrap
1/4'' plywood scraps
1/2'' plywood scraps
3 knobs
Finish nails, wood glue

Cut List:

1-1x8 (7 1/4'' x 3/4'') board @ 24 3/4'' top
2- 1x8 boards @ 22 1/2'' bottom and shelf
2- 1x8 boards @ 15 1/2'' sides 
1- 1/4'' plywood @ 16'' x 23 3/4'' back
6- 1x4 (3 1/2'' x 3/4'') boards @ 7'' drawer fronts and backs
6- 1x4 boards @ 5 3/4'' drawer sides
3- 1/2'' plywood @ 5 3/4'' x 5 1/2'' drawer bottoms
2- 1/2'' plywood @ 7 1/4'' x 3 3/4'' drawer dividers

building drawers for storage shelf
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I started with some scrap plywood squares and started figuring out what size to make them into little drawers.  I built the drawers using wood glue and 1 1/4'' finish nails.  The finished drawers are 7'' wide and 7 1/4'' deep.
I so want to build this 3 Drawer storage Shel!  Full picture tutorial at MyLove2Create.com
I grabbed some scrap 1/2'' plywood to use as dividers between the drawers.  The dividers are 7 1/4'' x 3 3/4'' which makes them 1/4'' taller than the 1x4 drawers so they can easily slide in and out.  I also cut the 1x8 bottom and shelf boards @ 22 1/2'' to hold my drawers.

Now I have a confession...I made the above about three years ago...I know.  I obviously got distracted, and never got back to this project, so I am thrilled to FINALLY finish it!  It am actually amazed I had all the pieces together, not to mention the photos!
cutting decorative sides for storage shelf
Since I hadn't done the sides yet I grabbed some scrap 1x8 boards and started trying out some options.  You can see in the top left photo I had some dividers.  I eventually ruled them out because I am thinking of using this shelf in my shop for holding my sanders and sand paper, and I thought the dividers might get in the way.

I didn't like the look of the straight sides, so I grabbed a bowl from the kitchen and marked a semi circle, then I cut it out on my Ryobi Jig Saw.  I just used my first cut side to mark and cut the second.
I so want to build this 3 Drawer storage Shel!  Full picture tutorial at MyLove2Create.com
I did end up cutting out the dividers as well then tried some options with a dry fit.  I really liked them, but ended up not using them at the last minute.
3 Drawer storage shelf MyLove2Create
This is my dry fit without the dividers.
nailing shelf together
To start building I added glue to my divider pieces, and then set my board on top and nailed into them using my awesome Ryobi Nail Gun.  (love this tool!)
building storage shelf
Then I flipped it over and nailed the bottom on.  Next I glued and nailed the sides into the shelf and bottom boards.  And last I added the top.  I took less than 10 minutes to build!  Of course the drawers were already built. :)
cutting back panels of storage shelf into strips
I went out to find some scrap 1/4'' plywood for the back and found two pieces that would cover the the back of the shelf.  But since you would see the seam, I decided to rip the top piece into smaller strips with my Ryobi Circular Saw and Kreg Rip-Cut, so I had multiple seams. I really like how it make the back look.  I glued and stapled it on, making sure to staple into all the edges of the plywood strips and into the middle shelf board.
staining shelf
Now to finish...this part is always hard for me, because I am so indecisive.  Also because if I am going to use it in my shed for my sanders I really didn't think I wanted to do a finish.

I eventually decided to use my Vintage Wood stain that I used on my Small Bathroom Vanity because it is quick and easy and makes a really cool old wood finish with hardly any work, just in case I end up putting it in a dirty shed.  Or if I end up deciding that the shed isn't he best place for it, at least it will have a finish...cause that may happen...you never know!  Oh, and I drilled holes into the drawer fronts to add some knobs I had on hand.
3 Drawer storage shelf MyLove2Create
And there she is!  So rustic and fun!  I kind of want to shabby chic paint it...especially white on that back piece...sorry just thinking out loud. :)
3 Drawer storage shelf MyLove2Create
It would be a perfect addition to a craft room, either hung on the wall or on sitting on a table.  
3 Drawer storage shelf MyLove2Create
Or for bathroom storage...
3 Drawer storage shelf MyLove2Create
Or sandpaper...really the possibilities are endless!
3 Drawer storage shelf MyLove2Create
If I do end up using it for my sanders, I am glad I didn't add the dividers, my sanders wouldn't have fit.

So what do you think is this good for my sanders or is it too cute for the shed?  What would you use it for?

I have been on an organization kick and I am happy to say that if you are too, the Power Tool Challenge Team has some more great organization projects you might want to try!

Just click on the links below this image and you can get inspired to get organized!  
Power tool challenge teams Organization Projects!
The Kim Six Fix - Under Cabinet Storage
My Repurposed Life - Repurposed Drawer Dog Toy Box
The DIY Bungalow - Reclaimed Wood Shelves
Domestically Speaking - Easiest DIY Drawer Organization
Refresh Restyle - Mudroom Storage Idea
My Love 2 Create - Drawer Storage Shelf

Happy organizing!


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  1. Shut the door this is too cool! Love the storage drawers! I'd have a hard time choosing where to put this since it would work in so many different places. Nice finish too! Pinned & shared! XO - Wendi@H2OBungalow

  2. Oh my gosh! I don't know where to begin.
    First, you could find everything after so long? way to go!
    Second, LOVE the curve (bowl) genius! and happy you left the dividers out... I am sure I'll see them down the road in another project because you are like me and never throw anything away.
    Third!!! you overcame the challenge of seeing a seam in the back. brilliant!

    you rocked this one Mindi!



  3. I love this project and am not sure where I'd use it because it's so darned cute and so practical. I think you should use this one in your home and make a second one for your shed.

  4. Mindi, I love this! The color is perfect! You did an awesome job and I love the arched details.

  5. I love how easy this is, Mindi! I like the step where you show how you created perfect-fitting drawers. I'm just getting into building more things, and one thing I learned is that drawers are FINICKY. But when you place them like you did, it seems no-brainer. Thanks for that visual! Love this. Pinning!

  6. Perfect size to fit in any space... great tutorial!

  7. Wow. That looks amazing. You did a great job on it!

  8. I love this! And so many different ways you can use it! Pinning and sharing!

  9. Mindi that turned out beautiful, well with the wait!

  10. OK, hand it over!! I need this in my life! The color is perfect, I might make this :)

  11. You could use that just about in any room. Maybe you need to make a few more?


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