The One Where the Kids Study

As my kids started getting old enough to do school work at home, it became apparent they would need a place to work on it. I nice long open wall in Abby’s room gave us the perfect spot to put a dual desk.

Our design involved three sets of cubbies, two on the outside and one in the center with the chairs between them.

Used some 3/4″ plywood and cut long strips all the same width, since pretty much every board in this project has the same width.

I then broke out my Kreg Jig. Have I mentioned before how awesome my Kreg Jig is? For building cubbies like this, it makes it go together super fast with strong joints. I then used some edge banding on the fronts of the cubbies to give them a nice, finished edge.


This is the perfect project to highlight my Kreg Jig. Look at those perfect pocket holes. So I cut some 1 1/2″ boards to surround each desktop pieces and cut them at a 45 degree angle. I cut a bunch of pocket holes on the bottom of the desktop, clamped it together, and screwed them in place.


The molding overhangs the cubbies by 3/4″.


Here I have everything assembled. The desktop is just resting on the cubbies. I need to sand and finish everything. I will them bring the cubbies and desktop into the kids’ room to assemble.


We decided the cubbies would be white with a natural wood top. So I used a few of coats of some clear finish on the top, sanding with a very fine grit between each.


One of the things I love most about building things like this, is you end up with a product that is perfectly designed for the spot. There is no way we would have found something similar that met our hight, length, and width requirements.

We also have a couple of chairs we picked up for free and refinished.


Here are some of the tools and supplies I used in this project. If you are interested in one, click to take a look. You get a fun product, I get a fun commission. Thanks!

3 thoughts on “The One Where the Kids Study”

  1. This looks great! I have a new Kreg Jig and my first project is to build a cubby tower similar to yours. Do you have any plans for how you made yours?

    1. Thanks! The Kreg Jig is an amazingly versatile tool, especially for cubbies. I don’t have specific plans for the desk yet, but is pretty basic. Just make sure your pocket holes are all on the bottoms of the shelves and they should be pretty well hidden. Have fun!

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