Truly there is nothing I love more than a super simple build that packs a style punch, pretty sure I say it all. the. time. This plan is just that and you might even be able to knock it out in a few hours start to finish – including the finish! Yahoo
As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig Saw, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw
- Multi-Square and Carpenter’s Square
- Kreg Jig – if you build frequently, invest in this one.
- Nail Gun – optional
- Router with Patterning bit – or bit set – optional
- 5 – 1×2 at 8′
- 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’ (will have approximately 3’x4’ left over)
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4″ Wood Screws
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- Edge Banding – optional
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
- 2 – 1×2 at 21-1/4” – Top Frames
- 2 – 1×2 at 31-13/16” – Bottom Frames
- 4 – 1×2 at 62-3/8” – Side Frames
- 10 – 1×2 at 12” – Shelf Supports
- 5 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x48” – Shelves
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.
Lastly, have fun and don’t forget to take pictures of your process so we can showcase your hard work! You can post a showcase directly on the site or share you work on social media using the hashtag #builtTDCtuff – just be sure to tag me at @thedesignconfidential or @thedesconf so I am sure to see it!
Cut the pieces for the Top Frames, Bottom Frames, and Side Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of each Top Frame and Bottom Frame.
Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat entire step twice – once for each side of the Bookshelf.
Cut the pieces for the Shelf Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of each Shelf Support. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut the pieces for the Shelves. Apply edge banding if desired.
Place Shelves as shown. Center each Shelf on the Frames/Shelf Supports and attach through the Shelf Supports with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School