Use 1x board to build a leaning ladder wall bookshelf! Easy plans by ANA-WHITE.com
SHOPPING LIST FOR 1 BOOKSHELF
4 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 16" long
1 - 1x8 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1x10 @ 16" long
1 - 1x12 @ 16" long
CUT LIST FOR ONE BOOKSHELF
2 - 1x3 @ 76-1/4" - both ends cut at 5 degrees, parallel, long point to short point measurement
1 - 1x3 @ 17-1/4" - back support
5 - 1x3 @ 15-3/4"
1 - 1x6 @ 15-3/4"
3 - 1x8 @ 15-3/4"
1 - 1x10 @ 15-3/4"
1 - 1x12 @ 15-3/4"
2 - 1x3 @ 6-1/4"
2 - 1x3 @ 8"
2 - 1x3 @ 10"
2 - 1x3 @ 12"
2 - 1x3 @ 15-3/4"
It is important to cut the backs and shelves to the same length. To do this quickly and accurately, consider a stop block on your saw, spaced out the shelf width from the saw blade, and clamped or screwed down (depending on your set up). Some saw stands have this functionality built in.
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!
Cut the legs first, according to the cut list. Then use a speed square to mark off the back top corner square to the top angled cut, so 2-1/2" is cut off the back. Use a circular saw to cut this. This is shown in the video.
Attach the back support to back of legs, flush to top and back.
Build shelves by nailing and gluing backs to shelf bottoms with 1-1/4" brad nails or staples and wood glue. It is very important to glue all nailed joints.
Add sides as you did the back.
For a stronger shelf, you can also pocket hole the sides on from underneath.
I cut the corners on my sides at 22-1/2" degrees (I choose this number because it is a setpoint on my saw, the exact degree can differ). To do this quickly, I made a small mark on my saw with a pencil, when I had the board in the position I wanted to cut it at. Then after cutting, I just took the next side, lined it up with my marks, and cut. No measuring needed.
To get the bottom shelf in place, I first positioned the frame against a wall, making sure legs were 9-1/2" out from the wall. I then measured up 9-1/2" and added the shelf with clamps and used a level to ensure it was level. Then I screwed it on with 1-1/4" screws (you can use pocket hole screws here).
For the rest of the shelves, I cut a block of plywood 11" long and used it as a spacer to position the remaining shelves. When installing, I recommend attaching the top to studs in the wall to prevent any forward tipping.
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.