An Easy to Build Ladder Style Shelf
This is really one of the coolest bookshelves I’ve seen. To me it is only a bookshelf in name! It can be used to organize bins of toys in the kiddos room, folded fabric in the craft room, or (as I would use it) painted green with packages stacked on it for Christmas! How cool would that be? However you use it, these A-Frame Bookshelf plans are sure to please!
The A-Frame shelf building plans are suitable for all skill levels, and can be completed in a weekend!
- 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
- 1-1/4″ screws
- Wood Glue
- Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies (primer and paint, or stain, sealer)
- 2 – 1×2 at 6′
- 2 – 1×3 at 8′
- 1 – 1×12 at 8′
- 4 – 1×3 at 40″ – Legs
- 2 – 1×3 at 11-1/4″ – Upper Stretchers
- 6 – 1×2 at 11-1/4″ – Stretchers
- 2 – 1×2 at 17-13/16″ – Side Stretchers
- 3 – 1×12 at 30″ – Shelves
Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut a 15 degree bevel in the bottom of each leg so the legs will stand properly at an angle. Cut the pieces for the stretchers. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Install the hinges at the top to connect the two pieces together.
Cut the pieces for the side stretchers with a 15 degree angle on each side. Secure as shown (level with the lowest stretcher), then secure using 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Do not use glue of you want to be able to fold the bookshelf for storage!
Cut the pieces for the shelves. Set them on the stretchers making sure there is an equal amount of overhang on each shelf, then secure using countersunk 1-1/4″ screws.
Finish as desired!
These DIY plans to build an A-Frame Bookshelf are so easy and perfect for the beginning woodworker! The A-Frame ladder shelf would also be fabulous in a guest bathroom for holding clean towels and other toiletries, or if constructed out of lumber rated for outdoor use (or PVC planks, it would be an awesome plant stand! See? I just came up with a couple more uses… I bet you have many more!
Originally posted 2013-10-14 08:00:15.