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Free Plans to Build a Joss & Main Inspired Lucia Bookshelf

– Posted in: Bookcases, Plans

This is the perfect project for one who is new to woodworking or one just looking for something quick and easy! The actual inspiration piece uses glass clips to hold the glass dividers in place but when I researched them, they were expensive! I created an alternative that would be easy (and much more cost effective) to make and still hold the dividers in place!


Glass, plexiglass, or acrylic sheets can be used for the dividers. I did find that the acrylic comes in colors and would be a fun alternative to clear or frosted – just sayin’…


  • 5 pieces of 3/8″ glass, plexiglass, or acrylic measuring 13″ x 16-1/2″
  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1″ screws
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • Edge banding, if desired
  • 8 – Nail-on furniture glides
  • Finishing supplies


  • 4 sheets of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 1×12 at 3′

Cut List:

  • 5 – 3/4″ plywood at 14″ x 16-1/2″ – Ends
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/2″ x 58-3/4″ – Shelves
  • 1 – 1×12 at 16-1/2″ – Divider Pieces (will cut into 10 – 3/4″ x 1″  at 16-1/2″)


Click on the drawings to enlarge them!


1. Cut the pieces for the shelves. Apply edge banding if desired.

Cut the piece for the divider pieces. Use a router with a 3/8″ straight bit to cut the grooves in the 1×12 as shown in the drawing. Cut the pieces apart on the table saw. The dimensions allow for the kerf of the blade in between each piece. 

Attach the dividers to the shelves as shown using glue and countersunk 1″ screws.

2. Cut the pieces for the ends. Drill pocket holes in the 16-1/2″ ends then attach to the shelves as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

3. Cut the piece for the back. Apply edge banding, if desired. Attach to the back of the bookshelf as shown using glue and countersunk 1-1/4″ screws through the back into the shelves. Add nail-on furniture glides to the bottom of the lowest shelf.

Finish as desired!

As always, if you create a project using my plans, I would love to admire your work and feature it on DbSC!! Drop me a line at designsbystudioc [at] gmail [dot] com!

Until next time, 

Happy Creating!!


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  • t

    Any thought about where to get the glass/plexi/acrylic? I have looked at a couple of websites and am getting quotes of $35-$45 per piece for 3/8 glass.

    • CherTexter

      .Do you have a Lowe’s near you? I know they sell plexiglas and will cut it, also! Hope this helps!

      • t

        Thanks! I will check it out.