Steps // How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand
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Overview for Building a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

 
Step One // How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

Overview for Building a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

overview illustration detailing the parts that go into building a three-tiered bath stand
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Use a miter saw to cut the pieces to length, per the cut list below, or download a copy of the cut list you can print.

Cut List
For one stand 13⅛"W x 15"D x 36"H
1x2 aprons: six at 10⅛ inches and six at 12 inches
¾ inch-square cleats; six at 11⅝ inches
1x2 slats: twenty at 12 inches
2x2 legs: four at 36 inches
1x2 face frame: two at 15 inches and two at 10⅛ inches

 
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Make the Shelf Frames

 
Step Two // How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

Make the Shelf Frames

overview emphasizing the parts that make up the shelf frames for building a three-tiered bath stand
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Glue and screw a cleat to each of six apron pieces, flush along one edge, with the apron centered between the ends of the cleat. Glue and clamp the other six aprons to the ends of the cleats to form the frames for all three shelves, and create a notch at each corner to fit against a leg. When the glue dries, glue slats to the cleats on two of the frames, using tile spacers to maintain consistent gaps.

 
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Attach the Legs

 
Step Three // How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

Attach the Legs

overview emphasizing the legs to attach when building a three-tiered bath stand
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Mark the locations for the bottom and middle shelves on the legs. Place two legs on the table, apply glue to the notches on one shelf, stand it up between the legs at its marks, and clamp everything tight. Working from the underside of the shelf, drill a pilot hole through the cleat and into each leg, then drive a trim-head screw into each pilot hole. Glue and screw the next shelf to the legs at its pair of marks. When the glue dries, attach the shelves to the other two legs in the same way.

 
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Assemble the Top Shelf

 
Step Four // How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

Assemble the Top Shelf

overview showing the parts for the top shelf when building a three-tiered bath stand
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Flip the top shelf frame upside down and attach it flush with the tops of the legs. Next, glue together the pieces to make the face frame, which covers the tops of the legs and surrounds the slats.

When the frame is dry, line up its corners with the corners of the legs. Use a combination countersink bit to drill pilot holes and bore recesses for plugs through the frame and into the legs. Glue the frame to the legs and aprons, and drive in deck screws. Now glue the slats to the cleats. Space the slats evenly, but leave no space between them and the frame.

Glue wood plugs over the face-frame screws and sand them flush. Finish the piece with oil or wax.

 
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Or Buy It: The Basic Model

 
Step Five // How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

Or Buy It: The Basic Model

a three-tiered bath stand you can purchase with a bamboo frame and slatted shelves

This 28-inch-high étagère, with its bamboo frame and slatted shelves, can be assembled in minutes.

Creative Bath Organization, Eco 3-Shelf Tower, about $70;

 
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Or Buy It: The Mid-Range Model

 
Step Six // How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

Or Buy It: The Mid-Range Model

a three-tiered bath stand you can purchase with  poplar frame, MDF shelves, and handy pull-out shelf

Paint protects the poplar frame, MDF shelves, and handy pull-out shelf on this 32-inch-high unit.

Pottery Barn Classic small space storage shelf, about $200;

 
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Or Buy It: The Luxury Model

 
Step Seven // How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

Or Buy It: The Luxury Model

a three-tiered bath stand you can purchase made of reclaimed barn wood, includes an ample bottom drawer

This rustic 36-inch-high stand, made of reclaimed barn wood, includes an ample bottom drawer.

Timeless Journey three shelf stand with drawer, about $300;

 

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