How to build a cubby bookshelf with adjustable shelf. Free plans for beginners with full video project tutorial.
3 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long 5 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long optional moulding shelf pins
BOX 2 - 1x12 @ 45 1/2" (sides)
1 - 1x12 @ 45" (top)
1 - 1x12 @ 43 1/2" (bottom)
2 1 x 12 @ 42 3/4" (middle uprights)
6 - 1x12 @ 14" (shelves)
BACK FACE FRAME 2 - 1x2 @ 44 3/4"
1 - 1x2 @ 45"
1 - 1x2 @ 42"
2 - 1x2 @ 41 1/4"
FRONT FACE FRAME 1 - 1x2 @ 45"
2 - 1x2 @ 44 3/4"
1 - 1x2 @ 42"
Optional moulding is cut to fit
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!
Build the box. I used 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.
Build back face frame first with Kreg Jig, then attach with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.
Now build the front face frame as you did the back face frame, and attach with pocket holes to back with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.
Add optional moulding if desired ...
You can add the shelves with either pocket holes on the underside or using shelf pins.
If using pocket holes, drill two per end of each shelf (close to the outside edges) and attach with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.
If using the shelf pins, drill shelf pin holes using a shelf pin jig. Use shelf pins to set shelf in place.
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.