DIY Furniture Plans: Inspired by Pottery Barn
The Pacific two-shelf bookcase is a super easy build… The bookcase features open sides and roomy shelves, and is the perfect piece for any room! Constructed using 2x2s (or 2x4s ripped in half) and plywood, it’s also an inexpensive weekend project!
- 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (<– affiliate link!)
- 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
- 2-1/2″ screws
- 1-1/2″ brad nails
- Edge banding (<– affiliate link!)
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (80, 120, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies
- 2 – 1×3 @ 6′
- 4 – 2×2 @ 8′
- 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
- 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
- 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
- 4 – 2x2s at 26″ – Legs
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 20″ x 34″ – Base
- 2 – 1x3s at 17″ – Bottom Frame
- 2 – 1x3s at 34″ – Bottom Frame
- 4 – 2x2s at 17″ – Framing
- 4 – 2x2s at 31″ – Framing
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 17″ x 31″ – Shelf
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 20″ x 34″ – Top
- 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 27-1/2″ x 32-1/2″ – Back
Notes About the Project:
- Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly
- Sand all pieces before assembly
Cut the pieces for the legs and the base. Secure the legs to each corner of the base, with the edges flush, using glue and countersunk 2-1/2″ screws.
Cut the pieces for the bottom frame. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter frame pieces. Also drill pocket holes along one long edge of each frame piece. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Position the frame on the underside of the base with the back edges flush (the front will over hang by 1-1/2″) using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the framing. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the framing to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the piece for the shelf. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material, and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the shelf to the center framing, with the top face flush with the top edge of the framing, using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the piece for the top. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails.
Cut the piece for the back. Position over the back of the bookcase and secure using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails.
Fill the holes and finish as desired.
Here are a couple of other plans to build bookshelves:
Have questions about the Pacific two-shelf bookcase? Leave a comment below!