Well, here is my favorite bookshelf in my home. It’s also probably the strongest. This is one heavy duty tough bookshelf. I love this bookshelf because of it’s simple sturdy design, the exposed legs (exposed legs make a room look bigger), and the perfect sizing. I will also be posting the two other sizes, the 2 shelf and the 4 shelf, so check back.
Image from Ana White, Knock-Off Wood
6 – 8′ length 1x2s (I use the $1 pine furing strips, but you could use maple, poplar, MDF, oak and others)
A) 2 – 1×12 @ 38 1/4″ OR 3/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 11 1/2″ x 38 1/4″ (Sides)
Cut all your boards. If you are using 3/4″ MDF or 3/4″ Plywood, have Home Depot of Lowes cut the plywood down into 5 – 48″ long strips, 11 1/2″ wide, and then 1 strip, 48″ long and 14″ wide, as shown below. Then cut the pieces to size at home using your miter saw. If Home Depot or Lowes does not do cuts in your area, you will need to cut as shown below. Just remember that the saw blade takes up 1/4″ and you cannot mark all the boards out and cut. You must measure the first board, cut, measure the second, cut, and so forth.
Please note that you will need 3 shelves and NOT 2 as shown above.
Fastening Instructions. Use Glue on all joints. Use 2″ nails unless otherwise directed. You can choose to use 2″ screws to screw the box together, but I recommend using a finish nailer for the frame. Always check for square. Before fastening, mark you boards as shown in the diagrams so you know where the boards line up (especially important when working with wider width boards). I even mark the outside of the board so I know where to nail.