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