Here's a handy storage unit that should be a snap to construct for any rudimentally skilled home handiperson. Buy all the boards and hardware Saturday morning, get right to work, and by Sunday afternoon you can start stashing all your stuff.

Get all your material in one trip to a building-supply dealer. Buy the best grade of pine or fir you can afford, and ask to pick it out yourself. Get the dealer to precut all the pieces, too. This plan is for a unit 7 feet tall, 8 1/2 feet long and 14 inches deep (shelves are 11 1/2 inches deep). We've excluded the chests of drawers. If you want them, buy three 28-inch high sets and stack them up. SHOPPING LIST

2x2s (actual size: 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches):

8 pieces 7 feet for uprights

4 pieces 8 1/2 feet for top and bottom

7 pieces 14 1/2 inches for crosspieces

1 piece 35 inches for tabltop crosspiece

2 pieces 30 inches for table legs

1x2s (actual size: 3/4-inch by 1 1/2 inches):

1 piece 24 inches for tabel legs brace

31 pieces 11 1/2 inches for shelf


1 piece 3/4-inch by 32 inches by 48 inches for tabletop

Plastic laminate

1 piece 32 inches by 18 inches (optional)


34 3 1/2-inch by 1/4-inch hex-head bolts.

5 5-inch by [WORD ILLEGIBLE] -inch ex-head bolts.

Nuts and 2 washers each for the bolts.

30-inch continuous hinge (for table).

1 pair 1 1/2-inch butt hinges (legs).

1 cabinet catch.

1 pound 4d finishing nails.

1 pint contact cement (optional).

Total cost for these materials is approximately $120.


electric drill

1/4-inch drill bit


2 wrenches


tape measure

2 C-clamps DIRECTIONS:

Step 1: Bolt together the four uprights(7-foot 2x2s and 14 1/2-inch 2x2 crosspieces). Clamp the pieces in position, drill through both at once, and bolt them together before removing the clamps. Then, bolt on the 8-foot 6-inch lengthwise 2x2s.

Step 2: Stand the whole unit in place and nail on the 1x2 shelf supports, spacing the shelves at the best height for your stuff.

Step 3: Make the table legs and hinge them to the tabletop. Bolt the 2x2 crosspiece on the front of the unit and attach the table with a continuous hinge. Screw a cabinet catch under one of the shelves to keep the tabletop folded up. Cover the top with plastic laminate (stick it on with contact cement) or paint.