bookcase woodworking plans
Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
Countersink Bit for Drill
4 – 2×3 at 6’
Full sheet of ¾” plywood
Half sheet of ¾” plywood
2 – 2×2 at 8’
1 – 2×2 at 4’
1-1/4” pocket hole screws
2” pocket hole screws
2” Edge banding for plywood
4 – 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” angle brackets
4 – 2×3 at 70-1/2” – Legs
1 – ¾” plywood at 30” x 66-1/2” – Back
8 – 2×2 at 12” – Shelf Supports
4 – 2×2 at 30” – Shelf Supports
4 – ¾” plywood at 12” x 30” – Shelves
2 – ¾” plywood at 15” x 35” – Top
Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save our plans, be sure to check back before starting your build, to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans. 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.
Edge banding should be applied to exposed edges of plywood before assembly.
Cut the pieces for the legs and the back. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in the top of the legs (to attach the top).
Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in the back as shown. Attach the back to the legs using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The back will be flush with the inside face of the legs.
Cut the pieces for the shelf supports. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the legs as shown using glue and 2” pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the shelves. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and attach to the supports and back using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the top. Spread glue on one piece and lay the other piece on top. Wiggle it a little to create suction and clamp until dry. Apply edge banding and trim as necessary. Attach the top using glue and 2” pocket hole screws through the pocket holes in the top of the legs into the top piece. Attach the angle brackets to the edges as decoration.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired.