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Build a Truman Shelving Unit


Simple Shelving with a Modern Twist – the Truman Shelving Unit Plans

Need shelving and want something other than a plain bookcase? The Truman shelving unit plans are for you! Super simple to construct using off-the-shelf lumber, the shelving unit has a very modern vibe with plenty of storage. The shelving unit can be assembled using pocket hole screws or countersunk screws, which makes it a great project for everyone!
Truman Shelving Unit Plans-Copy

Materials:

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

Lumber:

  • 4 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×12 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×12 at 69-1/4″ – Sides
  • 2 – 1×12 at 32″ – Top & Bottom
  • 1 – 1×12 at 69-1/4″ – Back
  • 4 – 1×12 at 20-7/8″ – Shelves

Truman Shelving Unit PlansClick on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the sides and top. If using the pocket hole method, set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the side pieces. Secure to the top and bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. If using the countersunk screw method, mark the position for the countersunk holes on the top and bottom pieces then drill the countersink holes. Secure the sides to the top and bottom using glue and 2″ screws.
Truman Shelving Unit Plans-Cabinet

Step Two

Cut the piece for the back. If using the pocket hole method, drill pocket holes in each end of the back piece. Secure to the top and bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. If using the countersunk screw method, mark the position for the countersunk holes on the top and bottom pieces then drill the countersink holes. Secure the back to the top and bottom using glue and 2″ screws.
Truman Shelving Unit Plans-Back

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the shelves. If using the pocket hole method, drill pocket holes in one  end of the each piece as well as the end of one long edge where the shelf will attach to the back. There will be two right pieces and two left piece. Secure to the sides and back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. If using the countersunk screw method, mark the position for the countersunk holes on the sides and back pieces then drill the countersink holes. Secure the shelves to the sides and back using glue and 2″ screws. Truman Shelving Unit Plans-ShelvesFinish as desired! Casters can be added to the shelving unit to make it easier to move it as needed. The Truman shelving unit plans are a great project for any skill level and can be completed in a weekend. Have any questions about the plans? Let me know at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

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