This is definitely a new slant on the traditional bookshelf! This piece has several nooks to place all of those great reads that you want to display. All you need are a few 1x2s, a piece of plywood, and a few hours and you’ve got yourself a beautiful and functional piece of furniture.
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
- 6 – 1×2 at 8’
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’ (you will have a decent bit left over after cutting pieces)
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- 3/4″ Edge Banding – optional
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
4 – 1×2 at 32-1/4” – Frame Tops/Bottoms
4 – 1×2 at 75” – Frame Sides
1 – 3/4” plywood at 13-1/4” x 22-13/16” – Shelf A
2 – 3/4” plywood at 13-1/4” x 37-13/16” – Shelf B
1 – 3/4” plywood at 13-1/4” x 27-9/16” – Shelf C
3 – 3/4” plywood at 13-1/4” x 22-13/16” – Shelf D
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.
Cut the pieces for the Frame Tops and Bottoms. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Frame Tops and Bottoms.
Cut the pieces for the Frame Sides. Attach the Frame Tops and Bottoms (with pocket holes facing the each other/the inside) to the Frame Sides as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws.
Cut the pieces for the Bookshelves A, B, C, and D. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of each piece as shown. Pay attention to the location of the pocket holes in the images. Some holes will need to line up with the Frame Tops, Bottoms, and/or Sides. Apply Edge Banding to all of the plywood edges if desired.
Attach one of the Bookshelf Ds to Bookshelf C as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Position the pair of Bookshelves on the Frame Assembly as shown and attach with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Next, attach one of the Bookshelf Ds to one of the Bookshelf Bs as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Position the pair of Bookshelves on the Frame Assembly and on Bookshelf D as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Next, attach the last Bookshelf D to the last Bookshelf B as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Position the pair of Bookshelves on the Frame Assembly and on Bookshelf D as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Lastly, attach Bookshelf A to Bookshelf D as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Attach to the Frame Assembly as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School