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3 – 1×12 @ 8 feet long
4 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1/4″ Plywood full sheet
1 – 1×3 @ 4 feet long
3 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
1 1/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
120 grit sandpaper
4 – 1×2 @ 11 1/4″ (Trim for sides – cut to fit)
2 – 1×12 @ 60 3/4″ (Sides)
4 – 2×2 @ 62 3/4″ (Legs)
5 – 1×12 @ 22″ (Shelves)
9 – 1×2 @ 22″ (Shelf Trim)
3 – 2×2 @ 22″ (Shelf Trim)
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 25″ x 60 3/4″ (Back)
1 – 1×2 @ 27″ (Top)
1 – 1×3 @ 27″ (Top)
1 – 1×12 @ 27″ (Top)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain.
Start by simply nailing the top and bottom trim pieces to the 1x12s as shown above. If you are using pocket holes, make sure you have drilled the pocket holes first as noted in diagram.
Attach legs to the sides as shown above. You can taper legs if desired.
Attach bottom shelves as shown above. You can alternatively use 2″ screws countersunk.
Now trim the shelves with 2×2 as shown above.
Add the 1×2 top trim as shown above.
Now attach back with 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue. Adjust your bookshelf for square.
If you are using a pocket hole jig, build the top first, then attach to top as shown above.
You can either use fixed shelves with the pocket holes or you can use shelf pins for adjustable shelves. I like to use a scrap piece of pegboard as my guide, or predrill a 1×2 with holes as a guide, and simply clamp on.
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.