I have a confession.  Are you ready?  Not all of our woodworking projects are original ideas.  Case in point: this cubby shelf.

American Workshop Cubby Shelf

The good news is, we know a good idea when we see one.  So when we came across Jen Woodhouse’s plans for this West-Elm knockoff, we knew this was something we wanted to recreate.  Do-able for a beginner woodworker?  Check.  Nice looking finished product?  Check.  Major cash savings if you build instead of buy?  Check.  And hey, if West Elm is selling it, it must be trendy too, right?

And if there’s one thing I know, it’s trendiness. I mean, just look at my outfit.

American Workshop Sarah

Anyway.  West Elm sells this “reclaimed pine cubby shelf” for $179.  We made ours for about $35 ($32.57 for the wood, to be exact, plus a little bit for screws and other stuff we had lying around).  If you’ve already got some rustic-looking wood in your collection, you’re already $32.57 ahead of the game.  We took a look at Jen’s plans, made a few adjustments — because we’ve got lots of tools, might as well use ’em! — and came up with a pretty good knock-off of Jen’s knock-off.

American Workshop Shelf

You could use reclaimed wood, if you’re into that sort of thing, or you could spend a little more on some fancy hardwood.  Hickory would be pretty neat.  Either way, we’re doing a free demonstration (using plain old pine) on Saturday, February 13, and we’d love to show you how to make your own, using whatever kind of wood you want.  We’ll even give you the plans!  But space is limited, so click here to register and reserve your spot.

We’ll see you on the 13th!

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