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Free Woodworking Plans to Build an Elevate Bookshelf

08.01.11
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I thought we might try something different for a change of pace. We are making a quick pit stop in the land of Kitchens to complete a quick book shelf, then back to our kitchen series…

I have modified this plan to account for readily available materials and ease of building. The dimensions, therefore, will be slightly different than the original piece in depth and width.

Tools 
  • Tape Measure
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Kreg Jig
Lumber 
  • 9 – 2×10 at 8'
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6'
Materials 

**Kreg Jig Owners: 2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws

  • 2 1/2″ Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 2 – 2×2 at 41″ Frame
  • 4 – 2×2 at 10″ Frame
  • 4 – 2×10 at 45 1/2″ Base and Top
  • 4 – 2×10 at 66 3/4″ Sides
  • 10 – 2×10 at 28 2/3″ Shelves
  • 12 – 2×10 at 9 7/8″ Dividers

 

Instructions 

**Join Boards together with your Pocket Hole system THEN join for assembly. Alternate your pocket holes on each board to keep them from warping in any given direction. Be sure to place your pocket holes out of site because they will leave quite a hole to fill.


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 

Build your Frame: Use your pocket hole system set for 1 1/2″ stock and secure with 2 1/2″ PHS.

Step 2

Step 2 

Join your adjacent boards by alternating your pocket holes between the boards. Set your Kreg Jig for 1 1/2″ stock and use your 2 1/2″ PHS to join. Place all Pocket Holes out of site or underneath whenever possible. After you have joined all pairs of your boards, you can begin to join them for assembly to the other pairs. For this step, join your boards then fasten to the frame.

Step 3

Step 3 

Attach the sides. Use your Kreg Jig to do this using 2 1/2″ PHS.
 

Step 4

Step 4 

Attach the Top and begin to secure the shelves and their respective dividers. For the Shelves, it will be easiest for you to fasten the dividers to the shelf that corresponds to it, then attach the L shaped unit to the furniture piece. Do this for each shelf and work from the bottom on up. The dividers will act as supports for the sleves building on each other like building blocks. Each shelf will attach to the side panels and will need to be secured using your Kreg Jig by placing Pocket Holes underneath. Use your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2″ stock and your 2 1/2″ PHS. If you secure the L-shaped units first you also have the option to simply countersink and use your 2 1/2″ screws to join, then use your Pocket Holes System to assemble and attach to the larger furniture unit.

Step 5

Step 5 

The diagram below shows placement for some of your Pocket Holes.
 

Finishing Instructions 

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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