6 Cubby Bookshelf
Free plans to make this 6 Cubby Bookshelf!
1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 12 feet long
4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
Optional moulding (6 foot stick of 2 1/4" base moulding)
Shelf pins (if using)
Either 1 1/4" pocket hole screws or 2" wood screws
1 1/4" finish nails
NOTE: You will not need all of the tools shown - only those that apply to what you are doing. For example, you will not need a miter saw if you are not adding base moulding.
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!
1 - 1x12 @ 30 1/4"
2 - 1x12 @ 45 1/2"
1 - 1x12 @ 42 3/4"
4 - 1x12 @ 14"
4 - 1x2 @ 44 3/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 30 1/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 27 1/4"
1 - 1x2 @ 41 1/4"
Optional moulding is cut to fit.
You can build either with pocket holes or countersunk screws. It's fully framed, so you could even build with nails and glue, but I recommend screws for added insurance.
Your shelves are 14" wide, so center the center partition leaving 14" on each side. That's 14 3/4" if you are measuring from the outsides.
Make sure you leave a 2" gap under neath the bottom shelf.
It may make more sense at this stage to drill your shelf pins if you are using adjustable shelves.
If you are using fixed shelves, it will make more sense to add them right now - see step 4.
Now construct your back face frame and attach to back. Middle divider should be nailed to middle partition. Note that there is a 1 1/4" gap under the bottom trim. Sorry, don't know why I didn't mark that in the plans!
Followed by the front face frame ...
And then the shelves.
And finally optional footers if you desire. You could also add a header as well. It's up to you!
The notch outs shown are 3" from outside corners and only notch up 1".