This DIY furniture plan contains everything that you need to know to build your own rustic solid wood bookshelf!
Step by step instructions include cut list, shopping list, and full diagrams.
Also available in this collection:
- 3 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
- 4 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
- 1 - 1/4" Plywood full sheet
- 1 - 1x3 @ 4 feet long
- 3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
- 4 - 1x2 @ 11 1/4" (Trim for sides - cut to fit)
- 2 - 1x12 @ 60 3/4" (Sides)
- 4 - 2x2 @ 62 3/4" (Legs)
- 5 - 1x12 @ 22" (Shelves)
- 9 - 1x2 @ 22" (Shelf Trim)
- 3 - 2x2 @ 22" (Shelf Trim)
- 1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 25" x 60 3/4" (Back)
- 1 - 1x2 @ 27" (Top)
- 1 - 1x3 @ 27" (Top)
- 1 - 1x12 @ 27" (Top)
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!
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, 09/02/2011 - 07:44
I've been looking for a bookshelf plan that would work in my bedroom and having just got my Kreg joiner in the mail, it's a perfect timing of tools and plans meeting most immediate need.
Guest (not verified)
Fri, 09/09/2011 - 16:12
type of wood
I'm so happy I came across this web site!
I was wondering what kind of wood boards you generally use for projects. You usually just specify dimensions: 1x12, 1x6, etc....is this fir, cedar, pine?
dws (not verified)
Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:00
project wood type
For painted projects, the best wood to use is poplar. It is not
expensive, has a closed grain perfect for painting, works easily,
and resists cracking. Most lumber retailers carry it.
Sun, 09/11/2011 - 16:20
Exactly what I was looking for!
I have been wanting to build a set of two bookcases for my downstairs for books and games. This is perfect! Love the height and the depth of the shelves.
Guest (not verified)
Mon, 11/14/2011 - 15:42
Make taller and depper
I am looking to make this, but making it taller (96") and deeper(24". What modifications would you recommend that I make.
Mon, 02/20/2012 - 11:02
At what angle did you taper
At what angle did you taper those legs on the bookshelves? I can't wait to build this. I'm about to finish my first project and now I will be building 2 of these for my next project. Thanks for this great website!!
Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:42
What is the estimate cost for materials/wood for this bookshelf?
Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:54
Shopping List Question
"3 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
4 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1/4" Plywood full sheet
1 - 1x3 @ 4 feet long
3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long"
Can you explain what are these lengths for? I am confused.
Sun, 08/14/2016 - 16:25
I built a bookcase very similar to yours, but I'm having problem with my shelves, for I have some very heavy (and beautiful) books. I used round shelf pins since I wanted adjustable shelves, but I will have to use something else and I would really like your advice.
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 16:10
Channing Bookcase - Step 7 / Finishing nails
Can someone clarify step 7 a little more for me. How is the top attached? Finish nails from the top down? Or from the bottom up?
Also, step 7 says to use 2" finish nails, but those are not included in the materials list.