Free woodworking plans to build a large contemporary style bookcase for a modern home office. Featuring step by step diagrams, cut list and shopping list, these beginning do it yourself furniture plans are designed for anyone to build with simple tools and off the shelf materials.
Special thanks to Columbia Forest Products and their beautiful Formaldahyde Free PureBond Plywood for supplying the wood for this project.
1 - Sheet 3/4" PureBond Hardwood Plywood (available at The Home Depot)
2 - 1x17 @ 48" (Top/Bottom)
1 - 1x17 @ 34 1/2" (Shelf)
2 - 1x17 @ 25" (Ends)
2 - 1x12 @ 25" (Small Bookshelf Sides)
1 - 1x12 @ 12" (Small Bookshelf Shelf)
2 - 1x2 @ 45"
2 - 1x2 @ 15 1/2"
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!
As mentioned with the Open Bookshelf Base it is important to cut your plywood square and with the grain of the plywood, also taking into account how a circular saw works, and the easiest method to cut. Have your Home Depot cut the plywood into 3 strips, 17" wide, and one strip 12" wide. Save the scrap strip - you may be able to use it for the footer if it's square and 1 1/2" wide. Once your strips are cut, you can use them like boards - I will refer to the strips as 1x17 and 1x12, although the strips are not true 1xs.
I've included in the diagrams pocket holes for Kreg Jig users. For those of you without, you can countersink 2" screws from the outside for joints with glue. Attach shelf to ends as shown above.
Apply edge banding to all exposed plywood edges as recommended by the manufacturer. The edge banding we used was iron on, and it's very simple to do. We trimmed the excess off with a utility knife and then sanded outside corners for a smooth joint. Results? You can't tell what's the original plywood and what we ironed on!
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.