Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Single Hemnes Bookshelf
This project is really, really simple and pretty darn cheap to make. In fact it’s also cheap to buy, except when you want to have yourself and entire library full of bookshelves. Now that can get pricey. So, we begin with the Hemnes Collection of pieces, because I need a library of shelves. Yes, this may be selfish, or shelfish? hehehe but I am sure we are still doing something for the greater good of mankind here..are we not? We are providing our fellow men with the satisfaction of building something with their own two hands, and saving them money, lot’s of money, also…we are giving them custom furniture pieces. That’s right, anyway you slice it, it’s exactly how you like it! We make it your way!
Kreg Jig – this is optional but will make some of your connections much much easier…recommended.
Saw - Optional if you have your local lumber supply cut your boards.
5 – 2x2 at 8’
1 – 1x2 at 8’
1 – 1x3 at 6’
3 –1x12 at 8’
1/2 Sheet (2’x8’) of 1/4” Plywood, Particle Board, or MDF
**2” Wood Screws – not needed if using Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
**3” Wood Screws – not needed if using Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
1 1/4” Pocket Hole Screws
2 1/2” Pocket Hole Screws
7/8” Finish Nails or Brad Nails
2” Finish Nails
4 – 2x2 at 76 3/4” Legs’
9 – 2x2 at 16 1/4” Rails
6 – 1x2 at 11 1/4” Side Trim
1 – 1x2 at 19 1/4” Top Trim (add 2” if this unit will stand alone)
1 – 1x3 at 19 1/4” Top Trim (add 2” if this unit will stand alone)
2 – 1x12 at 72 3/4” Side Panels
6 – 1x12 at 16 1/4” Shelves
1 – 1x12 at 19 1/4” Top (add 2” if this unit will stand alone)
1 – 1/4” ply at 19 1/4” x 73 1/2” Back Panel
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials!
Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the
GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices.
Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Build your Sides: Fasten the Panels to the Legs using your pocket hole systems set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue. If you aren’t using a pocket hole system, use 3” screws and glue. The panels will sit flush with the inside of the legs, leaving 3/4” on the outsides to allow for trim later. The panels will sit 4” from the bottom of the legs.
Attach the Rails: Use your pocket hole system set for 1 1/2” stock and your 2 1/2” pocket hole screws and glue. If you aren’t using a pocket hole system use 3” screws and glue to attach. The rails will sit flush with the top of the legs and panels and on the bottom they will site flush with the bottom of the panels.
Fasten the Shelves in Place. Use your pocket hole system set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue. If you aren’t using a pocket hole system, you can use 2” screws and glue from the outside of the panels, just be sure to countersink. Place pocket holes along the back edge of each shelf in addition to the sides for attaching to the back side rails in the next step.
Attach the Backside Rails: Fasten the rails to the Legs using your pocket hole system set for 1 1/2” stock and your 2 1/2” pocket hole screws and glue. Then use your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue to fasten the rails to the shelves allowing the top of the rails to sit flush with the top of the shelves.
Add the Side Trim: Use your 1 1/4” Finish Nails and glue to attach.
Fasten the Top and the Top Trim in place: Use your 2” finish nails and glue to secure. The 1x2 on the backside will sit completely flush with the 2x2 just below it, while the 1x3 in the front will overhang on the frontside by 1”. The sides are to be flush with the legs here, with no overhang so that you can stack these next to one another without having an issue with the top overhanging. If this is to be a single unit without others next to it, you can give the top overhang to give it a more decorative appearance.
Fasten the back in place using 7/8” finish nails or brad nails and glue.
Fill and Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my
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