How to build a rustic wood bookshelf. Free plans, shopping list, cut list and real photos to help you build your own bookshelf.
Today is Make a Beautiful Bookshelf Day.
Materials and Tools
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
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)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. 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. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
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.
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.