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Kentwood Bookshelf

March 13, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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How to build a rustic wood bookshelf. Free plans, shopping list, cut list and real photos to help you build your own bookshelf.

Kentwood Bookshelf

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Today is Make a Beautiful Bookshelf Day.

This beautiful bookshelf ...
It's made of solid pine boards.  And it's DIY.
We have our friends from Shanty2Chic today to thank for building and sharing this beautiful bookshelf.  You can learn more about how Whitney stained and finished this bookshelf at her blog post.
So let's get building!

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Kentwood Bookshelf
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 - 4 feet long 1x12
2 - 8 feet long 1x12
2 - 8 feet long 1x2
2 - 8 feet long 1x3
4 - 8 feet long 2x2
planking for back

1 1/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 - 1x12 @ 60 3/4" (sides)
4 - 1x2 @ 11 1/4" (side trim)
4 - 2x2 @ 62 3/4" (legs)
4 - 2x2 @ 21 1/2" (top supports and bottom shelf trim)
4 - 1x12 @ 21 1/2" (shelves)
6 - 1x2 @ 21 1/2" (shelf trim)
6 - 1x3 @ 26" (top)
7 - 3 1/2" wide planking or 1x4s @ 60" long (back)

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

Kentwood Bookshelf

Start by drilling 3/4" pocket holes along side edges of the sides. You may also wish to drill holes along top edge for attaching top. Then add the side trim to the outsides.

NOTE: If you don't have a pocket hole jig, you can still build this plan. You will need to carefully predrill holes and use 2 3/4" trim screws to attach legs in next step.

Step 2

Kentwood Bookshelf

Add the legs ...

Step 3

Kentwood Bookshelf

And the top supports.

Step 4

Kentwood Bookshelf

Build your bottom shelf first (see next step) and then attach to bottom.

Step 5

Kentwood Bookshelf

Build three shelves as shown above.

Step 6

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And insert into the bookshelf. I recommend having fixed shelves in this project to give you something to attach the back planking to.

Step 7

Kentwood Bookshelf

Build top first with 3/4" pocket holes and attach to top.

NOTE: If you do not have a pocket hole jig, cut 3 2x2s 11 1/4" long and screw between top supports. Then use these supports to attach top planking to.

Step 8

Kentwood Bookshelf

Finally add the back. To conserve costs, try adding planking or tongue and groove to back, but you can always use 1x4s.

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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Very nice.

Very nice.

posted by Eric Page (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-03-14 20:47

Just great

Fabulous job! I love following your blog!

posted by Debbie Christianson (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-03-15 06:01
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Love all the plans . . . more Videos

I Love this plan. How about some short videos to put as reference for ALL projects. For example : how to taper legs, checking/adjusting for square, using a jigsaw . . .

posted by Angel Rose | on Thu, 2012-03-15 09:09

love this bookshelf...

this shelf is perfect and exactly what i want. i can't wait for this weekend.

i must ask, though, where did you get those new milk crates? i've been looking for a couple and cannot find one online for less than $60 because they're all rusty and 'vintage'.

posted by lauren eg (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-03-16 11:13
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Thanks everyone! The milk

Thanks everyone! The milk crates are Shanty2Chic's so I can't advise on where to purchase.

@Angel Rose would love to do more video! Video just requires a ton of time *sign* so haven't been able to put together videos for every plan.

posted by Ana White | on Sun, 2012-03-18 19:08

Staining

I built this shelf and it was pretty simple to build. I sanded it down and put wood filler in screw holes and sanded it again, then stained it. My wood filler spots showed through stain. Was wondering what I did wrong and how to fix it, thanx.

Littlemissbuilder

posted by Little miss builder | on Mon, 2012-04-09 07:19

Please fix the PDF link!

Please fix the PDF link! This seems to be a chronic problem with the site. Just sayin'...

posted by Dr. D- (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-03-20 15:12

Kentwood bookshelf

Just made this yesterday. Enjoyed it.

Littlemissbuilder

posted by Little miss builder | on Wed, 2012-04-04 11:24

Staining

I built this last weekend. Sanded it down,put wood filler on, sanded it again,then stained it but where my wood filler was put showed through stain. What did I do wrong and what could I do to fix?

posted by Lilmissbuilder (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-04-09 06:52

you didn't do anything wrong,

you didn't do anything wrong, you can re sand the whole piece then use a pre-stain wood conditioner before staining again

posted by mattyjaco (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-05-09 17:51

May I ask what color stain is

May I ask what color stain is used on this piece?

posted by derrick.mclendon (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-06-25 00:36

When to use 2-1/2" pocket hole screws

In the materials list there are 2-1/2" pocket hole screws there but I can't see any place in the building instructions when they are used. Did I miss something or where are they supposed to be used?

posted by Philippe Merta (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-04 13:08

RE: When to use 2-1/2" pocket hole screws

In step 3 and 4 you'll use 2-1/2" pockets for the 2x2 top brace and bottom shelf?

posted by Jason P. (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-10-13 01:11

I can't wait to make a pair

I can't wait to make a pair of these!! I need someplace other than my floor to store all of my nursing textbooks. How much would the wood be for one of these? I believe I guessed about $40-50. Has someone made one already? How much did they spend? Hah, I'm a broke nursing student so I thought I'd ask before I drive to the store to get the wood

posted by Sarah Willey (not verified) | on Thu, 2013-01-10 17:44
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Love it!!

We are working on it right now! Question: what kind of wood do you usually work with to build your projects?

posted by KarlaMarinee | on Thu, 2013-04-18 11:32

Level Shelves

I'm having a hard time getting my shelves level *frustrating!*
...do you have any tips so that I don't keep putting holes in the insides?

posted by emilymac33 | on Mon, 2013-11-11 13:54
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Has anyone made these out of

Has anyone made these out of plywood? If you used 3/4" finish ply you could get some nice finishes. Just curious, Ben

posted by benjaminrogers | on Fri, 2013-12-27 14:01

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