General Store Bin Bookshelf

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Sort toys and stuff with this Land of Nod inspired bookshelf! Free plans from

Thought I'd take on a request from you today!

So glad you all loved the Land of Nod inspired booshelf with the magazine storage sides!  This one was customized and built by Dinifam.

And this red beauty by DebiJohnson.

And of course, we've got the matching desk plans for you all!

So of course, we've got to get the plans for the smaller bookshelf in your hands, don't we?

Happy to do that for you today!

Enjoy the plans!

XO Ana

Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

1 - sheet 3/4" hardwood plywood cut into 3 strips 15 1/2" wide by 8 feet long
1 - 2x2 @ 3 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 3 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 6 feet long
1 1/4" finish nails
either 1 1/4" pocket hole screws or 2" wood screws

Edge banding or wood filler for finishing exposed plywood edges

Cut List

2 - 3/4" plywood @ 15 1/2" x 34 1/2" (sides)
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 15 1/2" x 36" (bottom)
2 - 3/4" plywood @ 15 1/2" x 34 1/2" (shelves)
2 - 2x2 @ 15 1/2" (feet)
2 - 1x6 @ 34 1/2" (shelf trim)
1 - 1x8 @ 34 1/2" (shelf trim)
1 - 1x12 @ 34 1/2" (bottom shelf back trim - could use 3/4" plywood here too)
2 - 1x3 @ 34 1/2" (shelf trim)
3 - 1x6 @ 14" (top dividers)
2 or 3 - 1x8 @ 14" (middle dividers)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Cut the sides down and sand the cut edge.

Step 2

Attach bottom shelf to sides.

Step 3

Attach upper shelves to sides.

Step 4

Attach feet to bottom shelf. I have them inset 2" from each end.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach fronts to shelves.

Step 7

Take the 1x6 dividers and cut at angles to create the angled dividers. Nail in place as desired.

NOTE: Another option is to cut these guys very tight so they don't need to be nailed down and can be removed.

Step 8

Do the same for the bottom shelf dividers.

Step 9

For a painted finish, you'll need to fill any exposed plywood edges with wood filler, sand well, and then paint. For a stained finish, I recommend edge banding, although I've seen plenty of stained plywood edges (especially on more modern furniture) that looks great too!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Fri, 08/23/2013 - 11:46

I'm looking at this and seeing Lego storage! I might make some extra dividers for the top and middle shelves and then leave the bottom for projects they want to save.


Sun, 11/03/2013 - 13:08

This is my first project and either I'm reading wrong or the cut list and the dimensions on step one don't match. I now have sides that are cut from the cutlist of 35.5" and then in step one it looks like they need to be a few inches longer.

In reply to by Lrpeedin

Lady Goats

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 20:40

It does look like the sides should be 37 1/4" at the top, and taper down to 34 1/4". Good news is that you can build this with the shorter sides with no problem. There aren't any other dimensions that rely on those, so move forward. You *may* have to make the backs a tad shorter, but I don't think it's necessary.


Sun, 01/18/2015 - 01:47

I am planning to transform a room in our house into a craft room... a scraproom in fact, because of course, I am a scrapbooker ! This type of shelf will help me sort my material or my scrapbooking magazines... Lucky to have my father-in-law who can workout wood sooooooo nicely ! Now, I still have to ask him...