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Channing Bookcase

September 1, 2011 |
posted by Ana White
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To match the Channing Snack cabinet, this DIY furniture plan contains everything that you need to know to build your own Pottery Barn Teen Inspired Chatham Bookcase. Step by step instructions include cut list, shopping list, and full diagrams. These free do it yourself project plans show you how to build a bookshelf.

Channing Bookcase

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Hi everyone! As you have requested, I will be putting together the plans for this collection in the next bit. Up today is a very sturdy bookshelf with some deeper shelves. 

We've been very busy working on the Momplex, today's infloor heat day, so will be updating you on the progress of that tomorrow.

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Channing Bookcase

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

3 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
4 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1/4" Plywood full sheet
1 - 1x3 @ 4 feet long
3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

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

Cut List

Cut List: 

4 - 1x2 @ 11 1/4" (Trim for sides - cut to fit)
2 - 1x12 @ 60 3/4" (Sides)
4 - 2x2 @ 62 3/4" (Legs)
5 - 1x12 @ 22" (Shelves)
9 - 1x2 @ 22" (Shelf Trim)
3 - 2x2 @ 22" (Shelf Trim)
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 25" x 60 3/4" (Back)
1 - 1x2 @ 27" (Top)
1 - 1x3 @ 27" (Top)
1 - 1x12 @ 27" (Top)

General Instructions

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!

Step 1

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Start by simply nailing the top and bottom trim pieces to the 1x12s as shown above. If you are using pocket holes, make sure you have drilled the pocket holes first as noted in diagram.

Step 2

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Attach legs to the sides as shown above. You can taper legs if desired.

Step 3

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Attach bottom shelves as shown above. You can alternatively use 2" screws countersunk.

Step 4

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Now trim the shelves with 2x2 as shown above.

Step 5

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Add the 1x2 top trim as shown above.

Step 6

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Now attach back with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. Adjust your bookshelf for square.

Step 7

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If you are using a pocket hole jig, build the top first, then attach to top as shown above.

Step 8

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You can either use fixed shelves with the pocket holes or you can use shelf pins for adjustable shelves. Here's a video I found that could help explain how shelf pins are installed. I like to use a scrap piece of pegboard as my guide, or predrill a 1x2 with holes as a guide, and simply clamp on.

 

Finishing Instructions

Preparation 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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Perfect Timing

I've been looking for a bookshelf plan that would work in my bedroom and having just got my Kreg joiner in the mail, it's a perfect timing of tools and plans meeting most immediate need.

Thanks ~Dona~

posted by SingleMomThriving | on Fri, 2011-09-02 09:44

type of wood

I'm so happy I came across this web site!

I was wondering what kind of wood boards you generally use for projects. You usually just specify dimensions: 1x12, 1x6, etc....is this fir, cedar, pine?

Thanks!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-09-09 18:12

project wood type

For painted projects, the best wood to use is poplar. It is not
expensive, has a closed grain perfect for painting, works easily,
and resists cracking. Most lumber retailers carry it.

posted by dws (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-12-12 12:00
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Exactly what I was looking for!

I have been wanting to build a set of two bookcases for my downstairs for books and games. This is perfect! Love the height and the depth of the shelves.

Love2Create

posted by love2create | on Sun, 2011-09-11 18:20

Make taller and depper

Hello,

I am looking to make this, but making it taller (96") and deeper(24". What modifications would you recommend that I make.

Thanks!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-11-14 18:42
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At what angle did you taper

At what angle did you taper those legs on the bookshelves? I can't wait to build this. I'm about to finish my first project and now I will be building 2 of these for my next project. Thanks for this great website!!

posted by shastacoke | on Mon, 2012-02-20 14:02

Cost?

What is the estimate cost for materials/wood for this bookshelf?

posted by NathalyKCornejo... | on Thu, 2014-05-22 08:42

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