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Puzzle Bookcase

January 18, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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Fits in corners, expands to a wider or narrower width, and stores all in modern style. This clever bookcase is both functional and stylish.

Special thanks to Abby for sharing her photo.

Puzzle Bookcase

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Puzzle Bookcase
Dimensions: 
72" Tall x 12" Deep and up to 60" wide

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

For 1 Side Bookcase, you will need 

4 – 1×12 boards, 8′ long 
1 – 1×3 scrap 
For 1 Cubby, you will need 
1 – 1×12 board, 8′ long 
1 – 3/4″ MDF or Hardwood Plywood at least 30″ x 14″
2 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

Cut List for 1 Side Bookcase for the Puzzle Bookcase 

6 – 1×12 @ 18 1/2″ (Shelves) 
2 – 1×12 @ 72 1/2″ (Side and Back) 
1 – 1×12 @ 16 1/2″ (Bottom Cubby Side) 
2 – 1×12 @ 14″ (Upper Cubby Sides) 
1 – 1×3 @ 18 1/2″ (Footer) 
Cut List for 1 Cubby for the Puzzle Bookcase 
1 - 3/4″ MDF or Hardwood Plywood @ 30″ x 14″ (Backs of Cubbies) 
2 – 1×12 @ 30″ (Tops and Bottoms of Cubbies) 
2 – 1×12 @ 12 1/2″ (Sides of Cubbies)
Cutting Instructions: 
Because you may choose to just build one of the side bookcases, the plans are for just one of the bookcase and one of the cubbies. Double as you see fit.

General Instructions

If you are painting the bookcase, you can use MDF cut into 11 1/2″ strips, 8 feet long. You can also use A1 Plywood if you would like the look of Maple, Birch or other hardwoods. If you use A1 plywood, you will need to cut the plywood into 11 1/2″ strips, 8 feet long. The strips will then replace the 1x12s. Also, if you use plywood, you will need to finish edges with edge banding. On second thought, many furniture companies are embracing exposed plywood edges – you may like this look on your modern project.

Make straight square cuts. Work with straight boards. Mark out your fastening points before building. Predrill and coutnersink any screw holes. Check for square after each step. Work on a clean level surface. If you are using MDF, use drywall screws, predrilled the entire length of the screw’s shaft, or finish nails. When using MDF avoid fastening within 1″ of the edges. Always use glue and 2″ fasteners unless otherwise directed.

Step 1

Puzzle Bookcase

Shelves and Side of Bookshelf. Fasten the shelves to the sides of the bookcase as shown above. The measurements shown are from the bottom of the bookcase to the bottom of the shelves. There is a 2 1/2″ clearance under the bottom shelf.

Step 2

Puzzle Bookcase

Back. Fasten the back to the back of the shelves and sides, keeping the back outside corner flush with the back edge of the sides. You will nail through the back into the back edge of the sides and shelves. Make sure your shelves are properly lined up using the meausrements from step 1.

Step 3

Puzzle Bookcase

Cubby Sides. Attach the cubby sides as shown above. Keep outside edges flush. The bottom cubby side will reach the bottom of the bookcase.

Step 4

Puzzle Bookcase

Footer. Fasten the footer in place, as shown above.

Step 5

Puzzle Bookcase

Building the Cubby, Back, Top and Bottom. Fasten through the back of the cubby into the back edges of the tops and bottoms of the cubby, as shown above. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 6

Puzzle Bookcase

Sides of Cubby. Fasten the sides of the cubby in place, as shown above. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 7

Puzzle Bookcase

Assmebly. If you are adding the cubbies, make sure you use 1 1/4″ screws to fasten the cubbies to the side bookcases. Also, you may wish to fasten the bookcase to the wall to prevent tipping.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Finish the project by filling nail holes with wood putty. Let dry and sand and finish as desired.

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Oh my gosh, I just found your

Oh my gosh, I just found your blog through a friend and I am so excited! Seriously, this may be the best blog I have ever seen. My husbands shop is going to have a new occupant. :)

posted by Dani (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-01-18 05:24

Is there a way that you can

Is there a way that you can make your plans printer friendly? I am unable to print the plans effectively.

posted by Carla (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-01-18 06:13

okay--seriously!! I am in

okay--seriously!! I am in love with you (in the not so creepy sense!)
You are my hero!
Hubby's gonna get busy building this (He loves woodworking I just need to give him the ideas--or you do !)
thank you for sharing this!

posted by Kelly O. (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-01-18 06:57

this is AWESOME! i have

this is AWESOME! i have wanted this bookcase for ages, but didn't want to fork over the money. now i just need to learn how to build it. thank you!!!!!!!

posted by maggs (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-01-18 08:38

I just found your blog and I

I just found your blog and I am so excited. DH & I have been married for 12 years and just moved into our forever home. We decided that we need some new, nice furniture and your site is SO!!! inspiring. I am going to start small and raid my dad's basement for tools that he no longer uses. Thanks for all your hard work and all the free tutorials. You are amazing!!!!!!

posted by mom2domgigi (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-01-18 08:42

I recently found your blog

I recently found your blog and love it. And I really love this bookcase, we are moving soon and I can't wait to figure out what pieces we are going to need. Hubby will have lots of projects to do thanks to your great plans.

posted by Tiffany (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-01-18 08:58

I love this! My wife and I

I love this! My wife and I are looking for the perfect corner media stand for our living room. I believe, by modifying the dimensions, that I can put a 40" TV into/onto one of the middle cubbies.

I didn't see any other designs on your site for a corner TV stand. Did I miss anything? Do you have any other suggestions?

Thanks a bunch!!

posted by Travis Schenk (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-01-18 11:45

You are amazing! Your work is

You are amazing! Your work is great and thanks for sharing it with us.

posted by Phoenix (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-01-18 12:57

I just recently came across

I just recently came across your blog - it's wonderful!!!!! Do you have any great ideas/suggestions for a bookcase/desk unit for an office (one wall)?

posted by Journey (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-01-18 14:47

Hi there,I am loving your

Hi there,

I am loving your plans, and would like to get started with a project- and this would be perfect, as I would like a bookcase!

What is your opinion in getting the timber (lumber) cut to size at the harware store, and then just banging it all together at home? I don't want to invest in a power saw until I am a little more sure that I have what it takes to build a few projects. You make it look easy, but I am still somewhat sceptical that I can do it!

Cheers.

posted by Renee de Jong (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-01-18 16:59

I love this plan - I will

I love this plan - I will definitely have to try this one! Your site is amazing!

posted by StepherB (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-01-19 13:22

I love these plans, it would

I love these plans, it would be so much more awesome if you supplied a printable pdf link at the end of your posts so that we dont need to highlight everything to print :)
Keep it up i love it!

posted by rae333 (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-01-25 09:24

Your blog is such an

Your blog is such an inspiration and very addictive. I love checking it to see what beautiful furnature you are making plans for next.
Thanks for sharing your plans with us!

posted by Christina (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-01-30 09:40

My brother and I built this

My brother and I built this bookcase last weekend. Neither of us had any wood working experience. Although I think we're both pretty handy.
The plans were very easy to follow, and the bookcase turned out really well. We stained it with ebony wood stain and didn't varnish it. :)

The plans state 4 1x12x8' boards for one book shelf and 1 1x12x8' board for one cubby. However, if you plan it out, you can make all four pieces with only 9 1x12x8' boards.

Thanks for the plans!!

posted by Kathy B (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-02-22 12:12

my husband made this for me

my husband made this for me for Mothers Day. i love it! thank you so much! i will post a pic to the bragging board after we stain it. thanks again! you're amazing.

posted by R-foo (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-12 08:57

I love this design. I love SO

I love this design. I love SO MANY of your designs! My mother did woodwork, and I wish I had paid more attention. She still helps me with some house remodeling. Now its time for me to start organizing my space and show her I can do it too! Thanks for you help and inspiration!! I'm posting to FB and will be adding you to my Blogspot!

posted by honestnicewoman (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-07-06 13:55

We just made this, and I love

We just made this, and I love love love it!!! It was our first project, so we had some rocky points and learned a lot of good lessons. All in all, it looks great! Thank you!!

posted by kimdavis86 (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-08-19 19:57

Do you happen to know the

Do you happen to know the dimensions of this if it were to be put in a corner? I mean how much space on each wall you would need? I have a corner I want to put it in but it runs into our glass sliding doors. I would hate to make it and find out it hangs over. Thanks. :)

posted by kaycee (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-10-18 16:27

Just built this! Tweaked the

Just built this! Tweaked the plans a bit (taller and wider) - love the final result!!
http://thatsloverly.blogspot.com/2010/12/bonding-over-bookcase.html

posted by Erin Rodgers (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-12-13 13:45

[...] bookcase” was designed

[...] bookcase” was designed by Crate and Barrel and we loved it… thankfully I found the plans on Knock-Off Wood so we were able to use her design as a starting point. We discussed the plans and did some [...]

posted by Bonding over a Bookcase « This Loverly Family (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-12 10:31

beautiful work but PLEASE BE SAFE when using...

I just found this site and love it! I just want to mention to the masses that when bringing large heavy wooden furniture into a home with small children, please PLEASE be sure to anchor the furniture to the wall to prevent accidental tipping. I saw the pic of this bookshelf with the baby sitting in front of it, and I cringed just a little (but I'm a worrying mama).

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-10-24 09:43

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