Build a Bookcase

Free Furniture Plans to Build a Bookcase

Here are free furniture plans to build a bookcase… The bookcase features three large shelves, with two smaller and narrower shelves in each section, plus two drawers at the bottom. This plan is quite easy to construct and can be completed in a weekend.

Free Furniture Plans to Build a Bookcase SANY1138 copy

Materials:

  • Four – 21/32″ x 16″ x 72″ – Paint Grade Pine Panels (or two sheets of 3/4″ plywood)
  • Two – 1x3x8′ – Pine Boards
  • One sheet of 1/4″ Plywood

Additional Materials:

  • Two sets of 14″ drawer slides
  • Two drawer pulls or knobs
  • Optional wallpaper for back

Tools:

  • Pocket hole jig with 1-1/4″ pocket holes
  • Brad nailer with 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Drill
  • Finishing Supplies

Cut List:

  • Two – 16″ x 72″ for the Sides
  • Five – 5-1/4″ x 16-3/4″ for the Smaller Shelves
  • Five – 16″ x 16-3/4″ for the Larger Shelves
  • One – 5-1/4″ x 16-3/4″ for the Kick Plate
  • Two – 5-1/4″ x 16-1/4″ – Drawer Fronts
  • Four – 1×3 at 12-1/2″ – Drawer Boxes
  • Four – 1×3 at 15-3/4″ – Drawer Boxes
  • One – 1/4″ x 18″ x 72″ – Back

Free Furniture Plans to Build a Bookcase

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Step One

If using pre-cut pine panels, draw placement lines on two of the panels for the shelves. Cut the pieces for the shelves, drawer fronts, kick plate, and drawer boxes. If using plywood, cut the pieces for the sides and shelves.

Drill pocket holes in each side edge of the shelves and secure to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Free Furniture Plans to Build a Bookcase_Shelves

Step Two

Cut the piece for the kick plate and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the kick plate to the front under the lower shelf using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Free Furniture Plans to Build a Bookcase_Kickplate

 

Step Three

Cut the back piece and cover with wallpaper, if desired, or paint then attach to the back of the bookcase with 1-1/4″ brad nails.

Free Furniture Plans to Build a Bookcase_Back

 

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces. Assemble the drawer box frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Attach the 1/4″ material to the bottom using 1-1/4″ brad nails. Install the drawer slide hardware on the drawers and cabinet – locating them 3/4″ back from the front edge of the sides (for a tutorial, see the post HERE).  Install the drawers and make any necessary adjustments.

Free Furniture Plans to Build a Bookcase_Drawer Boxes

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. For another tutorial, see HERE. Install the drawer pulls.

Free Furniture Plans to Build a Bookcase_Drawer Fronts

 

Finish as desired.