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DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions

It’s pretty surprising the almost unlimited ways you can get creative building with plywood by gluing pieces together. I’ve only just started basic woodworking, but I’ve already made a lamp, and coasters using scrap plywood – along with a number of other plywood projects.

Bloks, as I like to call them, are organizers made by cutting holes in sheets of plywood and gluing them together. They can be customized to any room, or for any items that you want grouped and organized helping to get rid of clutter on your tables.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - Materials

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TOOLS

  • Jigsaw

My power saw jigsaw was bought at IKEA, not the best but still does the job

  • Drill

And a drill bit the size of your jigsaw blade

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Plywood

I used 3/4 inch plywood. You can use thinner plywood, but you’ll just need to glue more pieces together to create a stack

  • Sandpaper

I used 150 grit sandpaper

  • 4x Clamps

These will be used to clamp together the plywood while the glue sets

  • Wood Glue
  • Tape Measure and Pencil
  • Polyurethane

This is used to finish off the plywood when you are done – giving it a nice shine. You can also use Linseed oil

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Gather your items

This is a custom organizer for your items, so gather up what you want to organzie. For me this included notebooks, my phone, pens, and loose items.

Next measure how wide your holes need to be to fit your items. For my phone, I needed a hole that was 3 by 2 inches.

I just made sure there was an inch border around the whole block and in-between most holes.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 1 The Template

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 1 The Template

Step 2: The depth of each hole

The next step is to figure out how many pieces of plywood sheets you’ll need to create your block. I knew I needed 4 sheets to create the height of the block. There would be one base layer (at the bottom) with no holes in it. The holes for my phone and notebooks would be cut in the next 3 layers, while the holes for the pencils and loose items would only need to be cut in the top plywood sheet.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 2 The depth

The Template for the Bedroom Blok

This one will hold a book in the back and my phone in the front. I ended up having to drill a hole through the side once it was built to feed through my charger cable.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - The Bedroom Blok Template

Step 3: Cut out your template

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 3 Cutting out the template

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 3 Cutting out the template

Step 4: Trace your template onto your plywood

I just mark the corners of the template and use a ruler to connect them

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 4 Tracing the template

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 4 Tracing the template

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 4 Tracing the template

Step 5: Drill your holes

Take your drill and the drill bit that is the same size as the blade for your jigsaw, and drill a hole on opposite corners where each hole will be in the plywood. This hole lets your jigsaw blade get into where you need to cut.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 5 Drilling the holes for the jigsaw blade to fit into

Step 6: Saw out the holes

Take the jigsaw and cut out the holes

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 6 Cutting out the pieces

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 6 Cutting out the pieces

Step 7: Glue the pieces together and clamping it

Glue the pieces in the right order. When you’re done glueing the plywood together, you’ll need to clamp the block (using scrap wood on the top and bottom) so the glue makes a solid connection with the wood. It will take over 30 minutes for the glue to set.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 7 Glueing the plywood pieces together

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 7 Glueing the plywood pieces together

Step 8: Sanding down the edges

Since the jigsaw does not make perfect straight lines, I took some sandpaper and sanded down the edges of the block. You can do this by hand, or you can buy a cheap sanding disk attachment for your drill – which is what I did and it saves a lot of time.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 8 Sanding the edges

Step 9: Adding some gloss

After you’ve sanded down the edges, wipe off the wood dust so you have a clean surface to apply the polyurethane to. After my first coat, I waited 3 hours for it to dry. I hand sanded it down all over before adding a second coat – followed by another sanding after it dried to smooth it out.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 9 Adding the polyurethane

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 9 Adding the polyurethane

The Desk Blok

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - The Desk Blok

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - The Desk Blok

The Bedroom Blok

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - The Bedroom Blok DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - The Bedroom Blok

Email me at jacob@hometreeatlas.com with photos if you make your own, or if you have any questions.

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January 28, 2016 in Made By HtA
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