Build a Bookcase Using an Old Door

How to Build a Bookcase Using an Old Door

The folks at PureBond Plywood posted a picture of a bookcase made with an old door on the PureBond Facebook page and I thought it was a fabulous idea! That particular bookcase was created by Gail at My Repurposed Life ~ how fantastic! I searched for an old door and finally found one at one of our local flea markets for $45 ~ not too bad since it was in fabulous condition and was bare wood which meant less work for me (no paint to strip)!

how to build a bookcase using an old door SANY2119 copy

I read Gail’s “how to” on the project and created instructions on how to build a bookcase using an old door with a few modifications. I added frames under the shelves, and a few more shelves but that was only because I can’t read my own instructions ~ lesson learned (I created them, too, which makes it really sad!!).

how to build a bookcase using an old door

Materials:

  • Solid wood door (mine was 30″ wide)
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 5 – 1×2 at 8′ (for 24″ wide frames)
  • 1 sheet of 3/4″ plywood (I used Purebond in Birch)
  • 1 sheet of 1/4″  lauan, plywood, or hardboard (for a continuous piece on the back – the back can be pieced if the seam is hidden behind a shelf!)
  • Trim for the top and bottom (I made mine with a routed edge on 1x material)

The drawings show dimensions – they are based on a 30″ door. Adjust the dimensions for a wider or narrower door!

Start by cutting the door in half lengthwise using a table saw or a circular saw and a helper!

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Cut the pieces for the shelf frames. Start with the side pieces ~ the top and bottom side pieces will be longer than the middle side pieces. Measure the width of the door. The top and bottom side pieces will be 1-3/4″” shorter than the width of the door. Position the pieces so that they are flush with the top edge and bottom edge of the door, and are 3/4″ back from the front edge (I used a spacer flush with the front edge). This will allow the front and back frame pieces to fit flush with the edges of the side pieces, as well as allow for the 1/4″ thick back to fit inside. (My side pieces are different in the photo because I didn’t read my own directions ~ doh!!)

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The middle side pieces will be 2-1/2″ shorter than the width of the door. This allows the front frame pieces to be set farther back so the shelf overlaps them which I think looks a lot nicer! Cut two spacers equal to the distance between the side frame pieces for the shelf position. This will allow the side pieces to be positioned at exactly the same distance without having to mark and measure everything. This is where I realized I screwed up ~ I wanted more space between the shelves and well, Gorilla Wood Glue is really strong so I couldn’t remove the side pieces I’d already installed… I also used a 1-1/2″ spacer at the front edge so that the distance was where I wanted it to be!

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Cut the pieces for the front and back stretchers (I forgot to take a picture of this step, so drawings will have to do!). Fasten them to the front and back of the side spacers to join the sides together using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

how to build a bookcase using an old door_Stretchers

Cut the pieces for the shelves. They will all be the same size but the middle shelves will overlap the frames by 3/4″. The front edge of the bottom shelf will be flush with the edge of the frame. It looks nicer this way! Secure them to the frames using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

how to build a bookcase using an old door_ShelvesCut the piece for the top. It will overlap by 1″ at the sides and front. Secure using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

how to build a bookcase using an old door_Top

I created my own trim by routing both edges of a 1×6 board, then ripping the board on the table saw. The upper trim is approximately 7/8″ wide, and the lower trim is approximately 2-1/4″ wide. I cut mitered corners on the pieces, then attached them to the bookcase using 1-1/4″ brad nails. I cut the top to overlap the trim by 1/4″ on each side, as well as the front. The top was attached using 1-1/4″ brad nails.

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The color I chose is Strawberry Daquiri in Behr Premium Plus Ultra (which is now my new fave!!). I applied three coats. I cut a piece of 1/4″ lauan to fit inside the back then painted it also. Once everything was dry, I secured the back to the bookcase using brad nails.

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I have a small plate to put over the hole for the door knob but I haven’t put it on yet. I may put half of the hinges back in the mortises. They are rusty and will look cool!!

She has already been sold! Woo hoo!! I’m so excited to have her go to a great new home!

The tutorial on how to build a bookcase using an old door is very easy to follow and I hope it inspires you to build your own. If you have any questions, contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

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Fabulously Easy to Build Bookcases

A Collection of DIY Plans to Build Bookcases

I have created several different plans for bookcases… I have put together a fabulous collection of DIY plans to build bookcases and I am sure there is something for each taste and style! Each of the plans are easy to build, inexpensive, and perfect for any skill level!

A Collection of DIY Plans to Build Bookcases_Bookcases Graphic

One of my most favorite bookcases ever was built using an old wood door as the sides. Inspired by an example at My Repurposed Life, I built this bookcase and painted it a very vibrant pink. I sold it as soon as I posted a photo of it on Facebook, and it lives with a good friend of mine. Old doors can be found rather inexpensively at flea markets, thrift stores, or a Habitat for Humanity ReStore!

A Collection of DIY Plans to Build Bookcases_Old Door Bookcase

This is another favorite bookcase… I love the curved stretcher at the top and the drawers at the bottom. The Bombay Bookcase can be built as a pair or even as a triple to fill a wall space and add tons of storage!

A Collection of DIY Plans to Build Bookcases_Bombay Bookcase

Here is another interesting bookcase that can also double as a room divider… The Cube Bookcase features cubes constructed of plywood that can be painted one color with frames separating each cube that can be painted or stained a different color for a really interesting effect!

A Collection of DIY Plans to Build Bookcases_Cube Bookcase

The Stately Bookcase is a huge piece of furniture with doors on the bottom creating a very beautiful piece of storage! A fabulous collection of dinnerware could also be displayed in this beauty, and the bookcase can be fitted to an area to resemble a built-in.

A Collection of DIY Plans to Build Bookcases_Stately Bookcase

The Reclaimed Bookcase Divider is another piece that can be used to separate two spaces yet keep books or “collections” completely organized!  This bookcase would be a great piece to store dinnerware in a small space or as storage in a kiddo’s room…

A Collection of DIY Plans to Build Bookcases_Reclaimed Bookcase

Want more options other than what I’ve included in this collection of DIY plans to build bookcases? Enter the word “bookcase” in the search bar to the right of the screen… There are several more plans available!




An Amazing Bookcase with Tons of Style!

DIY Plans to Build a Circle Bookcase

How can you not fall in love with this bookcase? I love the circle detail on the sides and trust me, they are very easy to create! The DIY plans to build a Circle Bookcase feature three circles on the sides with a straight board in between, three shelves and a roomy top. The half-circles pieces can be stacked and cut as multiples especially if you own a bandsaw. If not, the pieces can be stacked in two and cut with a jigsaw. This is a project that can definitely be completed in a weekend.

DIY Plans to Build a Circle Bookcase_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • Edge banding, optional
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 5 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 1×3 at 4′
  • 2 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 2 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 12 – 1×6 at 14″ – Half Circles
  • 2 – 1×3 at 39-1/2″ – Inner Side Frames
  • 4 – 1×3 at 13-1/2″ – Outer Side Frames
  • 4 – 1×3 at 44-1/2″ – Outer Side Frames
  • 8 – 1×2 at 16″ – Shelf Frames
  • 8 – 1×2 at 34-1/2″ – Shelf Frames
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 18-1/2″ x 34-1/2″ – Shelves
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 19-1/2″ x 37″ – Top

DIY Plans to Build a Circle Bookcase

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Cut the pieces to length for the half circles. Print the template and tape the sheets together matching the registration marks. Cut the template with scissors and trace around the template on the 1×6 pieces. The pieces can be stacked and screwed (or hot glued) together so they can be cut apart in multiples. Use a jigsaw with a scrolling blade or a bandsaw with a 1/8″ blade. Thoroughly sand the pieces. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes as shown, the best way they will fit.

DIY Plans to Build a Circle Bookcase_Half Circle

Step Two

Cut the 1×3 pieces for the inner side frame and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the half-circle pieces to the 1×3 pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Circle Bookcase_Inner Side Frames

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the outer side frames and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces. Secure the pieces together to create the side panels using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

It may be easier to fill all of the pocket holes before assembly.

DIY Plans to Build a Circle Bookcase_Outer Side Frames

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the shelf frames. The frames can be assembled by drilling pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces and securing with glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, or by using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

Secure the shelf frames to the side panels using glue and countersunk 1-1/4″ screws positioning the frames so they are 1/2″ back from the side edges of the side panels.

DIY Plans to Build a Circle Bookcase_Shelf Frames 1

DIY Plans to Build a Circle Bookcase_Shelf Frames 2

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the shelves. The front and back of the shelves will be flush with the side edges of the side panels and will overhang the frames by 1/2″.

DIY Plans to Build a Circle Bookcase_Shelves

Step Six

Cut the piece for the top. The top will overhang by 1/2″ on all sides. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Circle Bookcase_Top

Finish as desired.

This bookcase would make an excellent addition to any room. It can also be used in a bathroom to store toiletries and clean towels! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Circle Bookcase? Leave a comment below!




Free Plans to Build a Wisteria Inspired Recycled Pine Wood Bookcase

This would be the perfect bookcase for a room where the furniture is rearranged frequently! The casters make it incredibly easy to move from place to place and the wide shelves provide ample storage for a variety of items.

Bookcase

Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • 4″ casters (The bookcase will be heavy so make sure the casters can support the weight!)
  • Finishing Supplies

Lumber:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 4 – 2×4 at 8′
  • 15 – 2×6 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×4 at 75-3/4″ – Side Frames
  • 10-2×2 at 9-1/2″ – Side Frames
  • 15 – 2×6 at 73″ – Shelf Slats
  • 4 – 2×2 at 70″ – Back Stretchers

 

Click on the drawings to enlarge them!

1. Cut the pieces for the side frames. Drill pocket holes in each end of the 2×2 pieces. Attach to the 2×4 legs with 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws placing the pocket holes so they are facing up and will be hidden by the shelf slats.

 Bookcase_Side Frames

2. Cut the pieces for the slats. Cut a notch in eight of the slats to accomodate the legs. Attach the slats to the frames as shown using glue and countersunk 2-1/2″ screws. A few screws may be placed through the sides of the legs into the slats with the notch cut into them.

 Bookcase_Shelf Slats 1

Bookcase_Shelf Slats 2

3. Cut the pieces for the stretchers. Drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the back of the bookcase as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

 Bookcase_Back Stretchers

4. Attach the casters to the bottom of the side frames. If needed, a block can be placed under the lowest shelf at the side frames to attach the casters.

 Bookcase_Casters

Finish as desired.

 

Have a completed project using my plans? Let everyone else see your hard work on DbSC! Send me an email at cher [at] designsbystudioc [dot] com or designsbystudioc [at] gmail [dot] com!

Until next time,

Happy Creating!




A Super-Easy Bookshelf You Can Build in an Afternoon

Build a Bookshelf Inspired by West Elm

I saw this and I was in love… I decided I would try my hand at creating plans to build a bookshelf inspired by West Elm! This is one of the first furniture plans I ever drew for Dbsc. I used one (yes, ONE) sheet of plywood, edge-banding and a few screws. Such a cheap build coming in at about $50…

Here is a photo of what my shelf looks like finished:

build a bookshelf inspired by West Elm Table

Tools & Materials Needed:

  • Table, Miter, Circular, or Jig Saw
  • Kreg Jig & 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
  • Drill
  • Tape Measure
  • Square
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Finishing Supplies

Cut List:

All pieces are cut from ¾” plywood and the grain should run parallel to the longest side except as noted–

  • 3 – 10” x 38” – Shelves
  • 1 – 6-1/2” x 9-1/4” – Upper Divider
  • 1 – 9-1/4” x 12-1/4” – Lower Divider * Grain will run parallel with 9-1/4” side
  • 1 – 6-1/2” x 29-3/4” – Upper Back
  • 1 – 12-1/4” x 29-3/4” – Lower Back

 

Cut all pieces as indicated. It would be a good idea to sand each piece after cutting and drilling the pocket holes because sanding after assembly may be difficult! Also, if you choose to use edge banding on the plywood edges, this would be a good time to apply that to all edges that will be exposed. I like to sand the edges really well and leave them exposed. Using the Kreg jig set for ¾” material and the Lower Divider, drill pocket holes along the 9-1/4” edges. Attach with 1-1/4” screws to one of the Shelves (this will be the lower shelf), 8-1/4” in from the edge. Make sure the front of the divider is even with the front of the lower shelf. This will allow for attaching the back.

build a bookshelf inspired by West Elm_Lower Divider

Drill pocket holes in the Lower Back piece on each of the 29-3/4” edges. Attach to the lower shelf and to the divider with the pocket holes facing out. See drawing.

build a bookshelf inspired by West Elm_Lower Back

Lay the middle shelf on this assembly and attach with 1-1/4” screws through the pocket holes on the back and divider pieces.

build a bookshelf inspired by West Elm_Middle Shelf

Drill pocket holes in the 9-1/4” edges of the Upper Divider and attach the divider 8-1/4” in from the edge of the middle shelf. Make sure the upper divider is placed opposite of the lower divider. See drawings.

build a bookshelf inspired by West Elm_Upper Divider

Drill pocket holes in the Upper Back along the 29-3/4” edges. Fasten to upper divider and middle shelf with 1-1/4” screws.

build a bookshelf inspired by West Elm_Upper Back

Lay the last 10” x 38” piece on top of the assembly and attach with 1-1/4” screws through the remaining pocket holes in the upper back. Finish as desired.

build a bookshelf inspired by West Elm_Top

I sanded and finished the pieces to my bookshelf before assembly. I use 80 grit sandpaper first, then 120, and finished with 220. This makes an ultra-smooth finish. I stained the shelf with Minwax Wood Stain in Special Walnut, then used Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Matte.

build a bookshelf inspired by west elm copy

The cool thing about the plans to build a bookshelf inspired by West Elm, is that two can be built, then they can be fitted together in an “L” shape! This is the perfect build for beginners. It comes together quickly which gives a feeling of satisfaction! Any questions? Let me know at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!




A Simple Bookcase to Build with an Open Design

DIY Plans to Build a Parson Bookcase

This simple bookcase packs a lot of style! The DIY plans to build a Parson Bookcase feature plywood sides and shelves with solid wood frames on the front and back. (The frames are built and attached separately!) This would be a great piece to use as a room divider and would be fabulous in a pair. As always, this is a very easy plan that can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Parson Bookcase_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 6 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/2″ x 63-1/2″ – Sides
  • 5 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/2″ x 28-1/2″ – Shelves
  • 4 – 1×2 at 63-1/2″ – Face Frames
  • 10 – 1×2 at 27″ – Face Frames

DIY Plans to Build a Parson Bookcase

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the sides and shelves. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shelf pieces. Secure the shelves to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Parson Bookcase_Sides & Shelves

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the face frames and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces. Assemble the frames using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the face frames to the front and back of the bookcase using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. The top of the shorter pieces on the face frames will line up with the top of the shelves, and the frames will cover the raw plywood edges.

DIY Plans to Build a Parson Bookcase_Frame 1

DIY Plans to Build a Parson Bookcase_Frame 2

Finish the bookcase as desired.

The bookcase would make an excellent addition to any room. Casters can also be added to the bottom to add portability, especially when using as a room divider. This is also a great plan for those new to woodworking! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Parson Bookcase? Leave a comment below!




Build a Massima Bookcase

A Super-Easy Modern Bookcase – DIY Plans to Build a Massima Bookcase

I built a bookcase similar to this one for myself many years ago. It was actually one of my first woodworking projects and I still have it! I used 1×6 lumber and painted it a bright turquoise. The DIY plans for a Massima bookcase use 1×12 lumber but really any width can be used and the same directions will apply. It is a very easy build and can be completed in a couple of hours. In fact, it will probably take longer to prime and paint (or stain and seal) than it will to build!

DIY Plans to Build a Massima Bookcase_Copy

The bookcase can be assembled with pocket holes and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws or 2-1/2″ countersunk screws. The finishing will go much easier if the pieces are sanded prior to assembly!

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws or 2-1/2″ screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×12 at 6′
  • 3 – 1×12 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×12 at 35″ – Base Frame
  • 2 – 1×12 at 70-1/2″ – Base Frame
  • 4 – 1×12 at 22″ – Cubbies
  • 2 – 1×12 at 13-1/2″ – Cubbies
  • 2 – 1×12 at 11-1/2″ – Dividers
  • 3 – 1×12 at 13-1/2″ – Dividers

DIY Plans to Build a Massima Bookcase

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the base frame. If using the pocket hole method, set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the longer pieces. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

If using the countersunk screw method, drill countersunk holes in the ends of the shorter pieces. Assemble the frames using glue and 2-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Massima Bookcase_Base Frame

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the cubbies. If using the pocket hole method, drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces as well as one end of the longer pieces (to attach the cubbies to the frame). Assemble the cubbies as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

If using the countersunk screw method, drill countersunk holes in one end of each of the longer pieces. Assemble the cubbies using glue and 2-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Massima Bookcase_Cubbies 1

Step Three

Attach the cubbies to the base frame. If using the pocket hole method, position the cubbies as shown securing in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

If using the countersunk screw method, drill countersunk holes on the outside of the frame where the cubbies will be positioned. Attach the cubbies to the frame using glue and 2-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Massima Bookcase_Cubbies 2

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the dividers. If using the pocket hole method, drill pocket holes in each end of the pieces. Attach the dividers to the cubbies and the frame as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

If using the countersunk screw method, drill countersunk holes in the cubbies and frame according to the dimensions in the drawing. Secure the dividers using glue and 2-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Massima Bookcase_Dividers

Finish as desired.

As mentioned, any 1x material can be used to fit any space. Creating the bookcase using 1×2 lumber then mounting it to the wall would make an awesome frame for photos or art! Have any questions or comments about the DIY plans to build a Massima bookcase? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com.




A Beautiful Bookcase for Any Space

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers

This bookcase is another super-easy build… The DIY furniture plans to build an Open Bookcase with Drawers feature a solid wood face frame over a plywood carcass with two drawers in the middle. The drawers slide on their corresponding shelves (no drawer slides to install). This inexpensive beauty can be finished any way you wish, and can be competed in a weekend.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/2″ brad nails
  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding
  • 4 – Cabinet Pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
  • Paste Wax

Tools Needed:

  • Table saw or circular saw
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Iron and cutter for edge banding
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
  • Drill bit to drill holes for cabinet pulls

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 2 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 2 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 2 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/4″ x 72″ – Sides
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/4″ x 28-1/2″ – Shelves
  • 4 – 1×3 at 28-1/2″ – Upper & Lower Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/4″ x 30″ – Top
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-5/8″ x 28-1/2″ – Drawer Opening Back
  • 2 – 1×2 at 72-3/4″ – Face Frame
  • 2 – 1×3 at 27″ – Face Frame
  • 4 – 1×6 at 12″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 4 – 1×6 at 26-7/8″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 12-1/2″ x 25-7/8″ – Drawer Box Bottom

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the sides and shelves. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each side edge of the shelf pieces. Secure the shelves to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Sides & Shelves

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the upper and lower stretchers, and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the lower stretchers to the bottom under the lowest shelf using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the upper stretchers to the top of the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Lower Stretchers

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Upper Stretchers

 

Step Three

Cut the piece for the top. The top will be flush with the sides and the upper stretchers. Secure the top in place using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Top

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the drawer opening back and drill pocket holes along each long edge. There don’t have to be as many pocket holes drilled as shown in the drawing but they do have to be staggered so they don’t interfere with each other when secured. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Drawer Opening Back

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the drawer spacers and secure in place using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Drawer Spacers

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the face frame. Drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×3 pieces, and assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Secure the face frame to the front of the cabinet using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Face Frame

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer box sides, front, and back. Cut the groove in the bottom edge of each piece at 1/4″ wide by 1/4″ deep using a table saw or a router and a straight bit. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the drawer box side pieces on the opposite side as the groove. Make sure that the pocket holes will not interfere with the groove. Secure the sides to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Drawers 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Drawers 2

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the drawer bottom. Slide the bottom into the grooves in the sides and back. The piece should fit snugly but not too tight.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Drawers 3

Step Nine

Insert the front edge of the drawer box bottom into the groove on the drawer box front. Secure the drawer box front to the drawer box sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Drawers 4

Finish the bookcase and drawers as desired. Install the cabinet pulls on the drawers then apply a coat of paste wax to the bottom edges of the drawers so they slide easier in the openings!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Open Bookcase with Drawers - Drawers 5

The bookcase is the perfect piece for any room. Casters can also be added to the bottom for portability! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build an Open Bookcase with Drawers? Leave a comment below!




Get Organized with This Easy to Build Bookcase/Media Stand

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase or Media Stand

Looking for an easy to build piece to help with organization? The DIY furniture plans to build a Zen Bookcase or Media Stand is constructed using off-the-shelf boards. The bookcase (or media stand!) sits on a 1×2 frame to elevate it off the floor a little, and features recessed shelves. This fantastic piece can be completed from start to finish in a weekend!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/2″ screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Nail-on Teflon furniture feet (felt bottomed feet can also be used)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 2 – 1×10 at 4′
  • 3 – 1×12 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 6-3/4″ – Base
  • 2 – 1×2 at 44″ – Base
  • 1 – 1×12 at 48″ – Bottom
  • 4 – 1×12 at 28-1/2″ – Dividers
  • 1 – 1×12 at 48″ – Top
  • 4 – 1×10 at 12″ – Outer Shelves
  • 2 – 1×10 at 21″ – Center Shelves
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 29-1/4″ x 47-1/4″ – Back

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the bottom and the base. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter 1×2 base pieces. Assemble the base using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the base to the bottom piece using glue and 1-1/2″ screws. The pocket holes in the base frame will face the bottom piece.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Base & Bottom

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the dividers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the dividers to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Dividers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top to the top of the dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Top

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the outer shelves and drill pocket holes in the side edges. Secure the outer shelves to the dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back edge of the shelves will be flush with the back edge of the dividers.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Outer Shelves

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the center shelves and drill pocket holes in the side edges. Secure the center shelves to the dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back edge of the shelves will be flush with the back edge of the dividers.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Center Shelves

Step Six

Cut the piece for the back. Center the back piece on the bookcase and secure in place with glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Back

This piece can also be constructed out of a sheet of 3/4″ plywood with edge banding covering the exposed edges. Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Zen Bookcase or Media Stand? Leave a comment below!




A Quick and Easy Bookshelf to Build

DIY Plans to Build a Geometric Bookshelf

This ultra simple bookshelf uses straight off-the-shelf lumber making it a quick way to add extra storage to a room. The DIY plans to build a Geometric Bookshelf features lots of shelves and is constructed using 1x12s. The straight shelves and dividers can be secured using pocket holes, countersunk screws or brad nails. The upper and lower angled shelves will be attached to the center divider using pocket hole screws while the outer edge can be secured however you’d like.

DIY Plans to Build a Geometric Bookshelf-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-3/4″ brad nails or 2-1/2″ screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 7 – 1×12 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×12 at 46″ – Outer Box Top & Bottom
  • 2 – 1×12 at 78-1/2″ – Outer Box Sides
  • 2 – 1×12 at 16″ – Inner Box Top & Bottom
  • 2 – 1×12 at 21″ – Inner Box Sides
  • 2 – 1×12 at 14-1/4″ – Horizontal Shelf Connectors
  • 2 – 1×12 at 28″ – Vertical Divider Connectors
  • 4 – 1×12 at 10-1/2″ – Angled Shelves (Inner Piece)
  • 4 – 1×12 at 6-1/8″ – Angled Shelves (Vertical Divider)
  • 4 – 1×12 at 10-5/8″ – Angled Shelves (Outer Piece)

DIY Plans to Build a Geometric Bookshelf

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the outer box. If using pocket holes, set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the longer pieces. Assemble the box using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

If using countersunk screws, pre-drill the countersunk holes in the edges of the shorter pieces. Assemble the box using glue and 2-1/2″ countersunk screws.

If using brad nails, assemble the box using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Geometric Bookshelf-Outer Box

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the inner box and assemble it in the same manner as the outer box.

DIY Plans to Build a Geometric Bookshelf-Inner Box

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the horizontal shelves and the vertical dividers. The pieces can be secured using pocket holes, brad nails, or countersunk screws. If using pocket holes, drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the pieces to the box using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

If using countersunk screws, mark the position of the shelves on the outside of the outer box and the inside of the inner box. Pre-drill the countersunk holes and assemble the box using glue and 2-1/2″ countersunk screws.

If using brad nails, secure the shelves and dividers to the boxes using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Geometric Bookshelf-Shelves 1

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the angled shelves. Drill pocket holes in each end of the horizontal shelf pieces (the 10-1/2″ and 10-5/8″ long pieces). When assembling the angled shelves, note that the pocket holes will face down – this way they will not have to be filled – so the lower angled shelves will be opposite of the upper angled shelves. Secure the shelves to the inner and outer boxes using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Geometric Bookshelf-Shelves 2

DIY Plans to Build a Geometric Bookshelf-Shelves 3

Finish as desired. Nail-on teflon glides can be added to the bottom.

This bookshelf is an excellent addition to any room but make sure the bookcase is secured to a wall stud with an angle bracket! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Geometric Bookshelf? Leave a comment below!