Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Firehouse Bookcase

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I love these fabulous yet functional play shelves that act as both shelving as well as a bit of fun for your firefighter boys at heart!

Dimensions for This Project

Safety Gear

Tape Measure


Kreg Jig – optional


Jig Saw

Nail Gun – optional


1 – 1×6 at 6′

1 – 1×3 at 6′

1 – 1×2 at 6′

1 – 3/4″ square dowel at 3′

1/2 sheet of 1/4″ ply

1 sheets of 3/4″ ply


1 1/4″ pocket hole screws – if using KJ

2″ wood screws – if not using KG

1 1/4″ Finish Nails

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Sanding Supplies

Finishing Supplies

Cut List

1 – 1×6 at 28″ Top Trim

2 – 1×6 at 13 3/4″ Top Trim Sides

1 – 1×3 at 28″ Bottom Trim

2 – 1×3 at 13 3/4″ Bottom Trim Sides

2 – 1×2 at 25″ Shelf Trim

6 – 3/4″ Square Dowel at 6″ Window Trim

1 – 1/4″ ply at 25″ x 43 1/4″ Back

2 – 3/4″ ply at 13″ x 25″ Shelves

1 – 3/4″ ply at 13 1/2″ x 25″ Bottom Shelf

1 – 3/4″ ply at 13 3/4″ x 26 1/2″ Top

2 – 3/4″ ply at 13 3/4″ x 43 1/4″ Sides


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

Cut your Sides to size and carve out the windows: Using a jig saw carve out the window openings as shown in the image. Use your drill to create a few pilot holes in the window area to allow you to easily get your jig saw blade into place. You will need 2 of these.

Step 2
Step 2

Fasten the Top and Bottom in place: Using your 2″ Finish Nails and glue tack on the top. Using your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue, fasten your bottom shelf in place. It will need to be set back 1/4″ on the back side.

Step 3
Step 3

Fasten the Shelves in Place: Use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 4
Step 4

Tack on the Back: Use 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue to fasten in place.

Step 5
Step 5

Attach the Trim: Using 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue, tack on the various trim pieces as shown below.

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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