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!
Start by simply nailing the top and bottom trim pieces to the 1x12s as shown above. If you are using pocket holes, make sure you have drilled the pocket holes first as noted in diagram.
Attach legs to the sides as shown above. You can taper legs if desired.
Attach bottom shelves as shown above. You can alternatively use 2" screws countersunk.
Now trim the shelves with 2x2 as shown above.
Now attach back with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. Adjust your bookshelf for square.
If you are using a pocket hole jig, build the top first, then attach to top as shown above.
You can either use fixed shelves with the pocket holes or you can use shelf pins for adjustable shelves. Here's a video I found that could help explain how shelf pins are installed. I like to use a scrap piece of pegboard as my guide, or predrill a 1x2 with holes as a guide, and simply clamp on.
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.