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!




An Easy to Build Bookcase with Adjustable Shelves

DIY Plans to Build an Ashwin Bookcase

This bookcase is a little different from regular bookcases… The DIY plans to build an Ashwin bookcase feature four adjustable shelves with a vertical divider making this piece a great place to store home decor items, fine china or, of course, books! This fabulous bookcase can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build an Ashwin Bookcase-Copy

Materials:

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

Lumber:

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

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 37-1/4″ – Legs
  • 4 – 1×2 at 9″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 9″ x 31-3/4″ – Side Panels
  • 2 – 1×2 at 25″ – Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 9″ x 25″ – Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 12″ x 32-1/2″ – Divider
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 12″ x 28″ – Top
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 26-1/2″ x 33-1/4″ – Back
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-7/8″ x 12″ – Shelves

DIY Plans to Build an Ashwin Bookcase

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

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs, side framing and the side panels. Drill the holes for the shelf pins (3/8″ deep) in the legs as shown.

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

Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the panels. Secure the panels to the framing using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panel will be flush with the back face of the frame.

DIY Plans to Build an Ashwin Bookcase-Sides

Step Two

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

DIY Plans to Build an Ashwin Bookcase-Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the bottom and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the bottom to the stretchers and the lower side framing using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build an Ashwin Bookcase-Bottom

Step Four

Cut the piece for the divider. Drill the holes for the shelf pins (all the way through the divider) as shown in the drawing. Drill pocket holes at the lower edge. Secure the divider to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build an Ashwin Bookcase-Divider 1

DIY Plans to Build an Ashwin Bookcase-Divider 2

Step Five

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top to the side framing and the divider using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Ashwin Bookcase-Top

Step Six

Cut the piece for the back. Secure the back using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Ashwin Bookcase-Back

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Insert the shelf pins into the holes and place the shelf on the pins. Trim the sides of the shelves, if necessary.

DIY Plans to Build an Ashwin Bookcase-Shelves

Finish as desired.

The DIY plans to build an Ashwin Bookcase are perfect for those new to woodworking, as well as those looking for an easy project. Have any questions about the plans? Leave a comment below!




A Quick and Easy Bookcase

DIY Plans to Build a Bardot Bookcase

This bookcase is the perfect project for those who are new to woodworking… The only tools required for the DIY plans to build a Bardot Bookcase are a drill and a jigsaw. The lumber is straight off the shelf 1×12 boards that can be cut to length at most home improvement centers. Notches will be cut into the shelves and dividers with the jigsaw, and the bookcase is put together like a puzzle. This is a super-easy project that can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Bardot Bookcase_Copy

Materials:

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

Lumber:

  • Scrap pieces of 1×2 at 11-1/4″ each
  • 4 – 1×12 at 6′
  • 4 – 1×12 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 1×12 at 34-3/4″ – Dividers
  • 4 – 1×12 at 63″ – Top, Bottom, & Shelves
  • 2 – 1×2 at 11-1/4″ – Feet

DIY Plans to Build a Bardot Bookcase

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the bottom and the dividers. Draw a line at the center of each of the dividers along the length of the boards. Mark the position of the notches. Use a jigsaw and a straight edge (a carpenter’s square would be perfect!) to cut the notches. A chisel can be used to square the inside end of the notch.

Mark the position of the dividers on the bottom board and pre-drill the countersunk holes. Secure the dividers to the bottom using glue and 2-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Bardot Bookcase_Dividers 1

DIY Plans to Build a Bardot Bookcase_Dividers 2

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Draw a line at the center of each of the shelves along the length of the boards. Mark the position of the notches. Use a jigsaw and a straight edge (a carpenter’s square would be perfect!) to cut the notches. A chisel can be used to square the inside end of the notch.

Slide the shelves onto the dividers. Secure the shelves in place with a few toenailed brad nails. The shelves can also be secured to the dividers using 1″ angle brackets.

DIY Plans to Build a Bardot Bookcase_Shelves 1

DIY Plans to Build a Bardot Bookcase_Shelves 2

Step Three

Mark the position of the dividers on the top and pre-drill the countersunk holes. Secure the top to the dividers using glue and 2-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Bardot Bookcase_Top

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the feet. The feet are completely optional! Secure the feet to the bottom board using glue and countersunk 1-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Bardot Bookcase_Feet

Fill the holes in the top, then finish as desired.

This is the perfect piece for any room. The bookcase would be great with bins or crates for kids’ toys (when propery secured to the wall) or even as media storage. It would be a great accent as open shelving in a dining room! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Bardot Bookcase? Leave a comment below!




A Beautiful Shelving Unit with a Drawer at the Bottom

DIY Plans to Build a Milo Shelving Unit

If you love the look of open shelving, then this shelving unit is for you! The DIY plans to build a Milo Shelving Unit feature five open shelves with a large drawer at the bottom. The plans are super-easy to construct and is perfect for all skill levels. The shelving unit can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Milo Shelving Unit_Copy

Materials:

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

Lumber:

  • 11 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of ¾” plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 76-3/4” – Legs
  • 12 – 2×2 at 11” – Side Framing
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 11” x 12-3/4” – Side Panels
  • 12 – 2×2 at 39” – Front & Back Stretchers
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 12-3/4” x 39” – Back Panel
  • 6 – ¾” plywood at 11” x 39” – Shelves
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 11” x 37-3/8” – Drawer Box Bottom
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 11” x 12-5/8” – Drawer Box Sides
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 11” x 38-7/8” – Drawer Box Front & Back

DIY Plans to Build a Milo Shelving Unit

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs, the side framing, and the side panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the 2×2 pieces. Secure the 2x2s to the legs using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Set the pocket hole jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in all four edges of the panels. Secure the panels to the legs and framing pieces using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The back face of the plywood will be flush with the back face of the legs and framing.

DIY Plans to Build a Milo Shelving Unit_Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the stretchers. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 2×2 pieces. Secure the 2×2 back framing piece to the legs using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Milo Shelving Unit_Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the back . Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the panel to the legs and stretchers using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The back face of the plywood will be flush with the back face of the legs and framing.

DIY Plans to Build a Milo Shelving Unit_Back

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the shelving and drill pocket holes in all four edges of each piece. Secure the shelves to the stretchers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top face of the shelves will be flush with the top edge of each of the corresponding stretchers.

DIY Plans to Build a Milo Shelving Unit_Shelves

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the drawer. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws, then secure the drawer front and back. There will be a 1/16” gap at the sides of the drawer and a 1/8” gap at the top of the drawer in the opening.

DIY Plans to Build a Milo Shelving Unit_Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build a Milo Shelving Unit_Drawer FB

DIY Plans to Build a Milo Shelving Unit_Drawer

Finish as desired, then apply a coat of paste wax to the bottom and sides of the drawers to help them slide smoothly in the openings.

This is a shelving unit that will be perfect in any room – it would be a great place to showcase trophies in the family room, to store books and toys in a kid’s room, or as fabric storage in a craft room! have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Milo Shelving Unit? Leave a comment below!




A Fabulous Bookcase to Add to the Holly Collection

DIY Plans to Build a Holly Bookcase

Previously, I have posted plans in the Holly Collection for a dining table, a dining chair, a bench, and a console table. The DIY plans to build a Holly Bookcase feature the same inset aprons as the other pieces, as well as three shelves. This bookcase is easy to build, and can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Holly 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′
  • 2 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 8 – 3/4″ square dowels at 4′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 39-1/4″ – Legs
  • 6 – 1×2 at 11″ – Side Framing
  • 4 – 3/4″ square dowels at 11″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11″ x 35-1/2″ – Side Panels
  • 4 – 1×2 at 27″ – Stretchers
  • 4 – 3/4″ square dowels at 27″ – Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 14″ x 27″ – Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 27″ x 35-1/2″ – Back
  • 4 – 1×2 at 10-1/4″ – Shelf Framing
  • 4 – 1×2 at 27″ – Shelf Framing
  • 2 – 3/4″ square dowels at 27″ – Shelf Framing
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/2″ x 27″ – Shelves
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 14″ x 30″ – Top

DIY Plans to Build a Holly Bookcase

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Step One

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

Cut the pieces for the side framing. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill one pocket hole in each end of the 1×2 pieces. Locate each pocket hole toward one long edge (the back). Place a 3/4″ dowel piece on the face of four of the 1×2 pieces opposite the pocket holes. The dowel pieces will be flush with the back edges of the 1×2 pieces. Secure the dowels in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

On two of the framing assemblies, position the remaining 1×2 pieces on top of the dowels with the pocket holes facing up and the back edges flush. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

Secure the framing assemblies to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The lower framing pieces will have two 1×2 pieces with a square dowel in the center while the upper framing pieces will have one 1×2 with a dowel on top of it.

Cut the pieces for the side panels and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the panels to the legs and framing using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panel will be flush with the back face of the side framing and legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Holly Bookcase_Side Stretchers

DIY Plans to Build a Holly Bookcase_Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the stretchers. Drill one pocket hole at each end located at the back edge of each 1×2 piece. Secure a 3/4″ square dowel to the opposite face at the back edge using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Secure the assemblies to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Holly Bookcase_Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the bottom. Drill pocket holes in each of the shorter ends. Position the bottom piece on the lower stretchers, securing in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the bottom into the stretchers. Secure the sides of the bottom using 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Holly Bookcase_Bottom

Step Four

Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the back to the legs, bottom, and upper back stretcher using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face will be flush with the back face of the stretchers.

DIY Plans to Build a Holly Bookcase_Back

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the shelf framing. Attach a 3/4″ dowel to the back edge of two of the longer 1×2 pieces. (This will be the front of the frame.) Drill two pocket holes in one end of the shorter pieces, and one pocket hole in the other end, treating each shorter piece as s left and a right. Assemble the frame as shown, using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Insert a 1-1/4″ brad nails through the 3/4″ dowels into the end of the side framing where there is no pocket hole.

Position the frames inside the cabinet, securing to the sides and back using 1-1/4″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Holly Bookcase_Shelf Frames 1

DIY Plans to Build a Holly Bookcase_Shelf Frames 2

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Position the shelves on the shelf frames, securing in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Holly Bookcase_Shelves

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the top. Position the top as shown (there will be no overhang), securing in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Holly Bookcase_Top

Finish as desired.

The DIY plans to build a Holly bookcase are the perfect plans for those new to woodworking. The bookcase would look great in any decor, and can be finished in a variety of ways! Have any questions about the plans? Leave a comment below!




A Quick and Easy Bookshelf to Build

DIY Plans to Build a Kase Bookshelf

Need a new bookshelf? The DIY plans to build a Kase Bookshelf feature three shelves, a face frame, legs, and the bookshelf is constructed out of off-the-shelf lumber! This is the perfect plan for those new to woodworking and the bookshelf will fit into any space!

DIY Plans to Build a Kase Bookshelf_Copy

Materials:

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

Lumber:

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

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×12 at 42-3/4″ – Sides
  • 3 – 1×12 at- 22-1/2″ – Bottom & Shelves
  • 1 – 1×12 at 24″ – Top
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 23-1/2″ x 42-1/4″ – Back
  • 4 – 3×3 posts at 4-3/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 1×2 at 24″ – Front Frame
  • 2 – 1×2 at 43-1/2″ – Front Frame

DIY Plans to Build a Kase Bookshelf

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Step One

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

DIY Plans to Build a Kase Bookshelf_Sides & Shelves

Step Two

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Kase Bookshelf_Top

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the back. Secure the back to the sides, shelves, and top using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Kase Bookshelf_Back

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the legs. Position the legs under the bottom (up against the sides) securing in place using glue and 2-1/2″ screws through the bottom into the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Kase Bookshelf_Legs

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the front frame. Cut 45° miters in each end of each piece. Drill a pocket hole in each end of the shorter pieces. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. A router and a decorative bit can be used to cut the inside and outside edges of the frame!

Secure the frame to the front of the bookshelf using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Kase Bookshelf_Front Frame 1

DIY Plans to Build a Kase Bookshelf_Front Frame

Finish as desired!

This bookshelf is the perfect piece for any room – a kid’s room (or an adult room!), a living room, home office, or even a den! have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Kase Bookshelf? Leave a comment below!




A Beautiful Bookcase with Lots of Storage Space

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase

This bookcase is full of style and function… The DIY plans to build a Bombay Bookcase feature three large shelves plus three doors which equal plenty of space to display and store a variety of items! The bookcase is an easy to build piece and is very inexpensive!

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 3 sets of 14″ Drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 4 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 2 – 1×4 at 6′
  • 3 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ 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 79-1/4″ – Sides
  • 5 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/4″ x 32-1/2″ – Shelves
  • 2 – 1×4 (ripped to 2-3/4″ wide) at 32-1/2″ – Kick Plates
  • 2 – 1×2 at 79-1/4″ – Face Frame
  • 3 – 1×2 at 31″ – Face Frame
  • 2 – 1×4 at 31″ – Face Frame
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 15-1/4″ x 35″ – Top
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 33-1/4″ x 76-7/8″ – Back Panel
  • 6 – 1×2 at 14-1/4″ – Drawer Slide Spacers
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/2″ x 28-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottoms
  • 6 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-1/2″ wide) at 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 6 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-1/2″ wide) at 30″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 6-1/4″ x 30-3/4″ – Drawer Fronts
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 7-3/8″ x 30-3/4″ – Drawer Front

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase

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Step One

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

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 shelves. Secure the shelves to the sides as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase_Sides & Shelves

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the kick plates. Position the kick plates under the bottom shelf securing in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase_Kick Plate

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the front frame. Cut the arch in the upper frame piece using a jigsaw. Drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Position the frame on the front of the bookcase. Note that the top of two of the framing pieces will line up with two of the shelves. Secure the frame in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase_Front Frame 1

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase_Front Frame 2

Step Four

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

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase_Top

Step Five

Cut the piece for the back. Mark the position of the shelves on the back. Secure the back to the sides and the shelves using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase_Back

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the drawer slide spacers. The spacers will be positioned on the sides above each 1×2 framing piece. Secure the spacers in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase_Spacers

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the drawer box sides. Assemble the drawer boxes as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the front frame. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase_Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase_Drawer FB

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Plans to Build a Bombay Bookcase_Drawer Fronts

Finish as desired.

This bookcase would be an amazing addition to any room, especially if built in a pair or a multiple to fill the wall of a large room! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Bombay Bookcase? Leave a comment below!




An Easy to Build Triple-Duty Bookcase

DIY Plans to Build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider

This bookcase, as easy to build as it is, does triple duty… Not only is it a bookcase open on both sides, but it can be a room divider and has storage! The DIY plans to build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider feature three bins on the bottom, divided shelves, and full face frames on each side of the bookcase.This bookcase is an economical build, too, using the most of each sheet of plywood with little waste!

DIY Plans to Build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider_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)
  • Paste wax

Lumber:

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

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-7/8″ x 73-3/4″ – Bookcase Sides
  • 5 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-7/8″ x 47-1/4″ – Bookcase Shelves
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-7/8″ x 19″ – Dividers
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-7/8″ x 12-1/4″ – Dividers
  • 12 – 1×2 at 18-1/4″ – Face Frames
  • 4 – 1×2 at 11-1/2″ – Face Frames
  • 10 – 1×2 at 45-3/4″ – Face Frames
  • 4 – 1×2 at 73-3/4″ – Face Frames
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/2″ x 11-7/8″ – Bin Bottoms
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-3/8″ x 11-7/8″ – Bin Sides
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-3/8″ x 14″ – Bin Front & Back

DIY Plans to Build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider

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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. Note that the bottom shelf will be located 3/4″ up from the bottom edge of the sides.

DIY Plans to Build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider_Sides & Shelves

Step Two

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

DIY Plans to Build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider_Dividers

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the face frames. Drill pocket holes in each end of each piece except for the longest side pieces. Assemble the frames as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Position the face frames on each side of the bookcase. The vertical framing pieces will be centered on the dividers while the horizontal pieces will be flush with the top face of the shelves. The outer edges of the frames will be flush with the outer faces of the bookcase. Secure the frames in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider_Frame 1

DIY Plans to Build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider_Frame 2

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the bins. Cut the notches in the front and back pieces using a jigsaw. Secure the sides to the bottom first, using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails, then secure the front and back.

DIY Plans to Build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider_Drawer Front

DIY Plans to Build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider_Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider_Drawer FB

DIY Plans to Build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider_Bins

Finish as desired. Apply a coat of paste wax to the bottom of the bins to allow them to slide smoothly in the openings.

This bookcase would be a great way to separate two spaces yet keep everything organized and in easy reach! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Reclaimed Bookcase Divider? Leave a comment below!




A Bookcase with Legs and Lots of Style

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase

Need a bookcase? The DIY plans to build a Daisy Bookcase features three divided shelves with a drawer, all on a base with legs leaving room for a storage basket or crate underneath. The plans are really easy – perfect for those new to woodworking – and the build is quite inexpensive!

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 1 set of 14″ drawer slides
  • Cabinet pull
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

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

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 16″ x 59-1/4″ – Sides
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 16″ x 22-1/2″ – Shelves & Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 16″ x 24″ – Top
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 16″ x 19″ – Dividers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 13″ x 16″ – Drawer Shelf
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood 23-1/2″ x 59-1/2″ – Back
  • 4 – 2×2 at 12″ – Base Legs
  • 3 – 2×2 at 13″ – Base Frame
  • 2 – 2×2 at 21″ – Base Frame
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 10-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottom
  • 2 – 1×6 at 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 2 – 1×6 at 12″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-3/4″ x 12-3/4″ – Drawer Front

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase

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Step One

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

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

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase_Sides & Shelves

Step Two

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase_Top

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the dividers and drill pocket holes in the top and bottom edges of each piece. Secure the dividers to the shelves and the top as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase_Dividers

Step Four

Cut the piece for the drawer shelf and drill pocket holes in the side edges. Secure the drawer shelf to the side and lower dividers as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase_Drawer Shelf

Step Five

Cut the piece for the back. Center the piece on the back edges of the sides, shelves, bottom, and top, securing in place with glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase_Back

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the base frame. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Assemble the base frame as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Stand the base frame upright and apply glue to the top edges of the framing pieces. Position the bookcase on top of the base then secure the bookcase to the base using glue and countersunk 2-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase_Base 1

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase_Base 2

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer box.Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer boxes as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase_Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase_Drawer FB

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Plans to Build a Daisy Bookcase_Drawer Front

Finish as desired.

The bookcase would be a great addition to a mudroom or entryway to corral backpacks and shoes, and it would be equally at home in a kid’s room (properly secured to a wall, of course!) to hold books and toys. Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Daisy Bookcase? Leave a comment below!




An Easy to Build Piece Specifically for Storage!

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby with Drawers

This Rolling Storage Cubby is the perfect piece for those who have a lot of books… or maybe DVDs! The DIY plans to make a Rolling Storage Cubby feature six large open cubbies and two drawers, plus locking casters on the bottom. This is an easy build that mainly uses straight off-the-shelf lumber and does not require drawer slides for the drawers making this the perfect plan for those new to woodworking!

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 4 – 4″ casters – two should be locking casters
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
  • Paste wax

Lumber:

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

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×12 at 47-1/4″ – Sides
  • 5 – 1×12 at 22-1/2″ – Bottom & Shelves
  • 3 – 1×12 at 11-1/4″ – Dividers
  • 1 – 1×12 at 24″ – Top
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 23-1/2″ x 47-1/2″ – Back
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 9-3/4″ x 20-7/8″ – Drawer Bottoms
  • 4 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-3/4″” wide) at 9-3/4″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 4 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-3/4″” wide) at 22-3/8″ – Drawer Box Front & Back

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby

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Step One

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

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Sides & Bottom

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the dividers and the shelves. Drill pocket holes in each end of the shelves and the bottom edge only of each divider. Position the first divider on the bottom as indicated in the drawing then secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Position the lower shelf on top of the divider then secure the shelf to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Drive a few 1-1/4″ brad nails through the shelf into the top of the divider.

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Lower Divider

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Shelves 1

Step Three

Position the middle divider on the shelf as indicated in the drawing, securing in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Position the next shelf on top of the middle divider, securing the shelf to the sides and the middle divider in the same manner as the first shelf.

Install the next two shelves (no dividers) portioning them as indicated in the drawings. Secure to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Mid Divider

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Shelves 2

Step Four

Position the upper divider on the shelf as indicated in the drawing, securing in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Upper Divider

Step Five

Cut the piece for the top. Secure to the sides and upper divider using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Top

Step Six

Cut the piece for the back. Secure the back to the sides, top, bottom, shelves, and dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Back

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Cut the notch in each drawer front using a jigsaw.

Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the drawer box bottom pieces, as well as each end of the sides. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the drawer box front and back to the sides and bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Drawers Fronts DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Drawers BS DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Drawers FB DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Drawers

Step Eight

Install the casters on the bottom of the cabinet according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

DIY Plans to Build a Rolling Storage Cubby_Casters

Finish as desired, then apply a coat of paste wax to the bottom of each drawer to help them slide smoothly in the openings.

This would be a great piece in a kid’s bedroom, in a family room, or even in a mudroom or entryway to corral backpacks or shoes! The DIY plans to build a Rolling Storage cubby are pretty straightforward but if you have any questions, please leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!