Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a West Elm Inspired 2×2 Parsons Cube

Apr 09, 2011 9:05am

Such a simple plan and will work with so many design styles even though it?s modern as a stand alone piece. Add a basket underneath, give it a rubbed finish, a voila a rustic version you shall have.

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Dimensions are shown Below:

Estimated Cost: Under $25

Oky dok, let?s talk about what you will need to build this cube!

Tape Measure



Kreg Jig

Saw ? if you prefer to have your lumber supply cut your boards then you can make do without this.

3″ Screws

2? Screws

1 1/4″ Screws

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Sanding Supplies

Finishing Supplies


1 ? 22 at 8?

2 ? 12 at 6?

1/4 Sheet of 3/4? Ply at 2?x4?

A. 4 – 12 at 18″ (Base Frame)

B. 4 – 12 at 16.5″ (Base Frame)

C. 4 – 3/4? x 3/4? Square Dowel Trim at 16 1/2″ (Shelf Supports)

D. 4 ? 3/4? x 3/4? Square Dowel Trim at 15″ (Shelf Supports)

E. 4 – 22 at 15″ (Legs)

F. 2 – 3/4″ Plywood at 16 1/2″x16 1/2″ (Shelf Tops)

If this will be for outdoor use, consider using a specie of wood that does well in an outdoor setting. Not required, but will make for a longer lasting piece that won?t need to be refinished or sealed as frequently.

Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found on the main page of my site.

Build your Base Frame: Join the Outside 12?s using 2? Screws and Glue. Fasten the 3/4? square dowel trim to the 12?s using 1 1/4? screws and glue. Be sure to countersink for the most professional appearance.

Drop in the Base Top: Use your 1 1/4? screws and glue to attach from underneath the 3/4? square trim pieces. Avoid placing screws in the corners as you will need to have that space free for the next step to secure the Legs.

Fasten the Legs in Place: Use 3? Screws and glue to fasten each leg in place and place 2 screws per leg from underneath, up through the 3/4? square trim, and through the base top into the Legs themselves.

Construct the Upper Frame just as in Step 1. Attach it to the Legs using 2? screws and glue and by securing down into the legs through the 3/4? square trim.

Drop in the Top: If you want to secure this top down, you may using finish nails. I would most likely leave it unsecured for ease of cleaning and removing.

Fill any Screw or Nail Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired!

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