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Added/Modified on November 15, 2016
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Shopping List:

1 – 4 feet long 1×12
2 – 8 feet long 1×12
2 – 8 feet long 1×2
2 – 8 feet long 1×3
4 – 8 feet long 2×2
planking for back

1 1/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler


measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
Kreg Jig™

Cut List:

2 – 1×12 @ 60 3/4″ (sides)
4 – 1×2 @ 11 1/4″ (side trim)
4 – 2×2 @ 62 3/4″ (legs)
4 – 2×2 @ 21 1/2″ (top supports and bottom shelf trim)
4 – 1×12 @ 21 1/2″ (shelves)
6 – 1×2 @ 21 1/2″ (shelf trim)
6 – 1×3 @ 26″ (top)
7 – 3 1/2″ wide planking or 1x4s @ 60″ long (back)

General Instructions

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.

Step 1

Start by drilling 3/4″ pocket holes along side edges of the sides. You may also wish to drill holes along top edge for attaching top. Then add the side trim to the outsides.

NOTE: If you don’t have a pocket hole jig, you can still build this plan. You will need to carefully predrill holes and use 2 3/4″ trim screws to attach legs in next step.

Step 2

Add the legs …

Step 3

And the top supports.

Step 4

Build your bottom shelf first (see next step) and then attach to bottom.

Step 5

Build three shelves as shown above.

Step 6

And insert into the bookshelf. I recommend having fixed shelves in this project to give you something to attach the back planking to.

Step 7

Build top first with 3/4″ pocket holes and attach to top.

NOTE: If you do not have a pocket hole jig, cut 3 2x2s 11 1/4″ long and screw between top supports. Then use these supports to attach top planking to.

Step 8

Finally add the back. To conserve costs, try adding planking or tongue and groove to back, but you can always use 1x4s.

Finishing Instructions

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.

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