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Subway Tile Bookcase

December 16, 2009 |
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Like subway tiles, this interesting take on the cubby bookshelf will store your favorite treasures in style. This plan has been updated per reader comments.

Subway Tile Bookcase

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Subway Tile Bookcase
Dimensions: 
64" tall x 36" wide x 13" deep

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1/4" plywood (1/4 sheet or scraps)
4 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
6 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

A) 2 – 1/4" plywood @ 17 1/2″ x 12 1/2" (Back of the Cubbies)
B) 6 – 1×12 @ 11 1/2″ (Vertical Dividers for all but top shelf)
C) 6 – 1×12 @ 34 1/2″ (Shelves)
D) 1 – 1×12 @ 12 1/4″ (Top Vertical Divider)
E) 2 – 1×12 @ 63 1/2″ (Sides)
F) 4 – 1×2 @ 63 1/2″ (Side Trim)
G) 4 – 1×2 @ 33″ (Top and Bottom Trim)

General Instructions

Cut all your boards. Always use glue and 2″ or longer nails unless otherwise directed.

Step 1

Subway Tile Bookcase

Build your cubbies as shown in this diagram. Tack the back plywood on to the backs of the cubbies. You will need to build two of these.

Step 2

Subway Tile Bookcase

Then piece all the shelves and vertical dividers together. Please note that the above diagram has a typo – the labels B and C are swapped. Also note that the top shelf has a larger clearance and the correct vertical divider to use is piece D here.

Step 3

Subway Tile Bookcase

Then piece all the shelves and vertical dividers together. Please note that the above diagram has a typo – the labels B and C are swapped. Also note that the top shelf has a larger clearance and the correct vertical divider to use is piece D here.

Step 4

Subway Tile Bookcase

Then add the sides, Pieces E, making sure to nail into each shelf. It is a good idea to check for square at this point. Visit the HOW-TO section for a video on how to check for square. It is always a good idea to mark where the shelves will go on the sides before attempting to nail the board in place. This extra step will save you time in the long run, and your piece will be more square.

Step 5

Subway Tile Bookcase

Now add the side trim, F, as shown above in red. Keep outside edges flush. Make sure you not only nail into the sides, but also into the shelves to reinforce the structure of the bookcase.

Step 6

Subway Tile Bookcase

Add the top and bottom trim, Pieces G. Make sure you nail through the outsides of pieces F into the end edges of pieces G to secure the ends of G. This is shown in the diagram above.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill nail holes with putty and sand and finish as desired.

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Having a grandmother who made

Having a grandmother who made her own kitchen cabinets ( this was in the 30's) I come from a long line of can do women. So when I came across your blog It was love at first sight. In just the few days I have "known" you, I have shared with several about your wonderful blog. And to really bless my heart my 16 yod has been perusing your plans to see what she can use for her new bedroom design... is that not cool?
THANK YOU for sharing. You Rock!

posted by hzgrace (not verified) | on Wed, 2009-12-16 14:38

Your grandmother is amazing.

Your grandmother is amazing. No power tools in the 30's, or dimensional lumber . . . That is truly amazing!

I see the spirit lives on in you and your daughter! I am so excited that your daughter has an interest in building! Our high school droped the woodworking program because "no one builds furniture and cabinets anymore." This is very sad to me, our next generation not having the interest or capabilities to build . . . and with it, the joy and satisfaction of building something yourself is gone.

Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog! I appreciate your support and enthusiasm!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2009-12-16 15:58

Ana, Are you aware of any

Ana, Are you aware of any reason why in Google Reader I can no longer see pictures? From the beginning of your blog thru 11/27 they're there, then poof! No more pictures, just text. I know that's an option the author can set in Blogger...

posted by Karen (not verified) | on Wed, 2009-12-16 17:49

Karen, Thanks for updating me

Karen, Thanks for updating me on this problem. I think I fixed it. Let me know if you still have problems. Thanks for reading my blog! Ana

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2009-12-16 21:05

Speaking of kitchen cabinets,

Speaking of kitchen cabinets, I have been considering remodeling the kitchen and keep thinking the upper cabinets are just boxes with shelves and doors, the bottom cabinets are a bit more fancy with the pull out shelves and trash bins, what I am wondering is if you have built any kitchen cabinets. What should be done to protect the wood and is using MDF a option? I love the simple shaker style doors which resemble the doors on the Pottery Barn, Cameron media wall. Do you think its possible? What are your ideas or recommendations.
Thanks for your wonderful blog and plans they are an inspiration.

posted by lacysummer (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-01-19 20:58

Hi Ana - I am attempting this

Hi Ana - I am attempting this book shelf as my first project, making two to go next to my bed.

What kind of wood would you recommend if I was going to stain it black and put a glossy finish on it?

Thanks so much, you are such an inspiration!!!

Michelle

posted by Anonymous (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-22 12:27

I am currently working on

I am currently working on building this project, well written plans so far, i did however notice these are a lot shorter then the ones at West Elm, No problem though, i was looking for something shorter anyways.
Thanks,
Mike

posted by Anonymous (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-03-02 21:46

Yeah, make sure if your wood

Yeah, make sure if your wood is too narrow, you add height to the dividers....
We have some issues with the one we built

posted by Anonymous (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-03-04 19:12

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