Building the X-Tower Shelf

A Collaboration Featuring This Easy to Build Shelf

As I was drawing the plans for the X-Tower for The Design Confidential , I was also making plans to build it with some of the scraps I already had. My mom asked me to build one for her so I did for Mother’s Day! The only catch was that she had to paint it – thanks, Dad!

building the x tower

Anyway, like I said, most of the lumber I used were scraps. The only pieces I had to buy were a 1×6 and pine molding! Woo-hoo! The 2x2s were actually cut from a 2×4, and the shelves were constructed with leftover birch plywood and pieces ripped from a 2×6. For me, this was a very low-cost project!

Today, I’ll share how I put this shelf together. (See the actual project plans for the lumber, materials, cut list, and instructions!) The plans can be found at The Design Confidential.

I started by cutting all of my pieces…

building the x tower cutting piecces

Then I drilled all of the pocket holes required for assembly and thoroughly sanded the pieces. I like to sand with 80 grit first, then 120, and finally 220. This method gives me the most fantastic surface for my finish!

building the x tower drilled pocket holes

Then, I attached the shelf edges to the shelf boards in order to attach them to the sides of the shelf…

building the x tower attaching shelf edges

I marked the shelf placement on the side pieces. Sometimes this helps and sometimes this doesn’t… (Ha ha!)

building the x tower marking shelf placement

I used my speed-square to keep the shelves at a right angle to the sides while I attached them…

building the x tower squaring shelves

Here is the assembled shelf before I added the top and the molding.

building the x tower assembled shelf

Once I added the top and the molding, I primed the entire piece. Of course, I forgot to take a picture of that! Usually after  I prime, I like to sand again with 220. My dad painted the shelf for my mom while she was away visiting my sister…

 building the x tower painted and complete

  building the x tower upper trim

  building the x tower side view

Beautiful! I LOVE this color!! My mom really loved this shelf! Have questions about building the X tower shelf? Leave a comment below!

Originally posted 2012-07-01 08:00:08.


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