Rustic Bookcase from Fence Slats
Ever admired a rustic hand built bookcase only to be floored by the price? Well here's a simple way to make one using cedar 1x2's and fence pickets for around $35!
• 5 – 1×2 @ 8′
• 11 – cedar pickets
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!
4 – 1×2 @ 60″
10 – 1×2 @ 9.5″
4 – 1×2 @ 13.5″
wait to cut fence pickets for each step
Using glue and 1 1/2 inch nails, build the sides by making a rectangle with two 60″ pieces and two 9.5″ pieces. Be sure to check for square.
Use glue and nails to attach the two sides together with four 13.5″ pieces.
Measure and mark sides at 15″, 30″ and 45″. Use glue and nails to attach 1×2 pieces at 9.5″. Make sure the pieces have the flat sides up. These will be what you nail your shelf pieces in to.
Measure the width of the top of your bookcase and cut two fence slat pieces. Attach with nails and glue.
Measure the height of your sides including the new top slats. Cut two fence slats per side, attach with glue and nails. Make sure the front is flush, you may have a bit of overlap on the back.
Measure the height of the back of your bookcase, and cut 3 slats. We had a bit of overlap from the sides, but the backing fit snugly in between.
Measure your shelving space, and cut 8 pieces at that measurement (ours was 16.5″). Hold up a piece of scrap 1×2 and trace the outline. Notch out two outlines along the same side.
Use glue and nails to attach to your shelf supports. You may have to shave off a little width to fit them both inside.
Use a table saw to shave off any extra width from your un-notched side.
Measure for your front trim. Our front measured 2 1/8″ and we were able to get two pieces from one board. We used the scrap 1" piece for the inner shelf trim.
Attach the front side trim. Use glue, and secure with nails.
Attach your middle shelf trim. We used the 1″ thick scrap from the first ripped board for the three inner shelves. Use the thicker width for the top and bottom trim.
Attach your last two pieces with glue and nails.