Free Woodworking Plans to Build a V Frame Library Bookshelves

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This shelf is relatively budget friendly but packs a wallop for style! A different way to display and store your books and a unique piece in general!



Tape Measure




Saw – Miter, circular or jig

Kreg Jig


1 – 1×3 at 10’

1 – 1×3 at 8’

1 – 1×2 at 8’

1 – 1×2 at 6’

1 – 1×10 at 6’

1 – 1×12 at 4’

1 – 3/4” ply at 2’x4’


1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws

2″ Wood Screws

Wood Glue

Wood Filler


Finishing Supplies

Cut List 

2 – 1×3 at 31 1/2″ (back leg side panel)

2 – 1×3 at 20″ (front leg side panel)

2 – 1×3 at 14” (front angle side panel)

2 – 1×3 at 6” (top side panel)

2 – 1×3 at 32” (top Shelf Support)

2 – 1×2 at 17” (x side panel)

4 – 1×2 at 8” (x side panel)

2 – 1×2 at 10 3/4” (bottom side panel)

2 – 1×2 at 32” (Shelf Trim)

2 – 1×10 at 32” (V shelves)

1 – 1×12 at 35 1/2” (Top Shelf)

1 – 3/4” ply at 32” x 14 1/4” (bottom shelf)


Use your pocket hole system to form the side panels, and wood screws to attach the shelves. Always countersink for the most professional appearance and use wood filler along any seams and adjacent boards to disguise joinery and trim board connections. Be sure to place your pocket holes out of site, when possible, because they will leave quite a hole to fill. Check that your pieces are level and Square after EACH step, we don’t need any wiggle in our wobble here. It will drive you crazy.

**This project has some pieces that are best cut to size as you build, to ensure they fit perfectly. I recommend you not only measure as you go but that you mark the spot where you took the measurement and number your pieces so that when you go to fasten them in place you know precisely where they go.

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.

Step 1

Step 1 

Create your side panels using pocket holes for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws. You will construct 2 of these side panels that will mirror one another. Cut your angled pieces at tad longer than indicated above to leave room for error or adjustment when creating the angles. When possible, join boards by placing pocket holes on rails (horizontal pieces) even if those rails are at an angle.

Step 2

Step 2 

Attach shelf supports using 2” wood screws. The back support will sit flush with the back of the side panel and the front support will sit at the inside (bottom) portion of the angle of the top piece from the side panel.

Step 3

Step 3 

Join the middle shelves at a 90 degree angle, (a right angle) using 2” wood screws and then attach at the top of the x shaped pieces using 2” wood screws from the outside of the side panels. The front of the v will sit on the back of the v to form the right angle. Fasten the top shelf to the supports and panels, use 2” screws.

Step 4

Step 4 

Cut your bottom shelf to size and attach to the bottom piece of the side panels and the front and back legs, use 2” screws. Leave just enough space for your 1×2 trim that sits along the front and back edge of the shelf. Attach the trim using 2” finish nails. If you have3 difficulty using finish nails, you are welcome to screw them on, just be sure to countersink and fill to disguise.

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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