Build the Dillon Tall Bookcase

New DIY Furniture Plans: Inspired by Pottery Barn

The Dillon collection from Pottery Barn, are really great pieces with simple lines that transform well into knock-off furniture plans suitable for all skill levels! The plans to build the Dillon tall bookcase use off-the-shelf lumber and simple materials requiring few tools in the process. The bookcase is constructed using pocket holes with plain or fancy trim along the edges of the plywood shelves. The face frames can be attached using brad nails and a nailer, or attached using pocket holes from the inside.

build dillon tall bookcase _ dimensions

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (<– affiliate link!)
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • 1-1/2″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (80, 120, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies

Lumber:

  • 4 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×4 at 6′
  • 4 – 1×4 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 3/4″ to 1″ wide trim for the front of the shelves

Cut List:

  • 4 – 1×4 at 72-1/2″ – Face Frames
  • 2 – 1×4 at 32″ – Face Frames
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-1/2″ x 72-1/2″ – Sides
  • 8 -1×2 at 30-1/2″ – Shelf Supports
  • 5 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-1/2″ x 30-1/2″ – Top & Shelves
  • Trim cut to fit exposed edges of plywood shelves

Notes About the Project:

  • Most home improvement stores will cut the plywood to size for a small fee, just ask!
  • The trim for the edges of the shelves should be no more than 3/4″ thick (pieced trim would look fabulous!)
  • Sand the pieces prior to assembly
  • The bookcase can be finished however you desire!

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the face frame. Cut a 45° miter in the top edges of the longer framing pieces, and a miter in each end of the shorter pieces. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material, and drill pocket holes as shown in the drawing. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

build dillon tall bookcase _ face frames

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the sides and drill pocket holes along each long edge. Secure the sides to the face frames using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside edges of the frames will be flush with the outside faces of the sides.

build dillon tall bookcase _ sides

Step Three

Cut the piece for the top and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the top to the top edges of the face frames, as well as to the top of the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

build dillon tall bookcase _ top

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the shelf supports. Mark the placement for the supports on the inside of the face frames, and secure the supports to the face frames using glue and 1-1/4″ screws.

build dillon tall bookcase _ shelf supports

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Position the shelves on top of the supports and secure in place using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails. (This is where a brad nailer comes in handy! <– affiliate link!)

build dillon tall bookcase _ shelves

Step Six

Cut the pieces of trim to cover the exposed edges of the shelves between the legs of the face frame. Secure in place using glue and brad nails.

build dillon tall bookcase _ shelf trim

Finish the bookcase as desired!

Here are a couple of other plans to build bookcases, in case you’re interested:

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