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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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
Click on the drawings for a larger view!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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″.
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.
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!
Originally posted 2015-04-30 08:00:12.