Grace's Bookshelves - Plans for Two

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 18:37
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If you need storage bad in your home, but have the tinest of budgets, this plan is for you. Smartly designed, you can get exactly two bookshelves from one sheet of 3/4" plywood or MDF. With some simple 1x2 trim and standard baskets or bins, a simple bookshelf can become a stylish storage center.

Grace's Bookshelves - Free easy plans

Dimensions
49" wide x 30" tall x 14 1/2" wide - fits 8 standard fabric drawers/cubes

Preparation

Shopping List

1 – Sheet of 3/4″ MDF (painted, cheapest option) OR 1 Sheet of 3/4″ Hardwood Plywood (wood look) OR 4 - 1×12 pine boards (rustic look) (1×12 is 11 1/2″ wide, and can be interchanged with the plywood strips)
10 – 1×2 pine boards (should be less than $1 each)

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
1 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

Cut List for 2 Bookshelves (YOU CAN HALF THE RECIPE FOR 1 BOOKCASE)
A) 4 – 3/4″ MDF @ 11 1/2 x 44″ (Shelves)
B) 4 – 3/4″ MDF @ 11 1/2″ x 25 3/4″ (Sides)
C) 4 – 1×2 @ 44″ (Top Supports)
D) 8 – 1×2 @ 29 3/4” (Legs)
E) 12 – 1×2 @ 42 1/2″ (Shelf Trim)
F) 4 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Bottom Trim)
G) 2 – 3/4″ MDF @ 11 1/2″ x 49″ (Top)
H) 4 – 1×2 @ 49″ (Top Trim)

Cutting Instructions

THIS PLAN IS FOR 2 BOOKCASES!!!
Have Home Depot or Lowes cut your sheet of MDF
into 11 1/2″ strips, 8 feet long.

Remeber that the saw blade takes up 1/4″ (approximately) so you CANNOT mark the plywood and cut. You must mark one cut, cut, mark the next cut and so forth.
General Directions. See the post on choosing your wood type. I built my bookcases out of MDF and had success by not nailing within 1″ of the edges. I used lots of glue. Cut all your boards first and use 2″ nails unless otherwise specified. Always take a square after each step (See HOW-TO section).

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Brad Nailer
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

Have your plywood or MDF cut into 11 1/2" wide strips to create 1x12 boards. Otherwise, you can use dimensional pine 1x12 boards, or even MDF shelving of any width. Carefully follow the cutting layout here to conserve boards and get exactly two bookshelves out of 1 sheet of plywood.

Step 2

Attach the sides to the shelves with either 2" nails and glue or 2" screws and glue. This shelf is fully framed, so nails will suffice, but screws - though harder to hide - are stronger. I've had Grace's bookshelves for a couple of years, and they are still going strong!

Don't forget that you are building two :)

Step 3

Top Supports. Add the top supports (C, Green) as shown above.

Step 4

Attach the top to the bookcase as shown above. You can fasten through the supports to hide screw/nail holes.

Step 5

Step 6

Now it's time for the legs. Flush to the top and outsides. Use 2" finish nails and glue or screws and glue.

Step 7

Shelf trim. Attach the shelf trim just like you did the legs. You should also fasten 2" finish nails through the sides of the legs into the shelf trim.

Step 8

Finally, attach the top trim as shown above. I would use finish nails here to hide holes. Don't forget your glue.

Step 9

Fill nail holes with putty and sand and finish as desired.

Comments

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 21:35

Wonderful!! I'm heading to the lumber store first thing in the morning.  :D

Thanks a lot!   : )

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 20:07

Hey Ana!

I love the new site.  I've got a question for you though.  On some of your projects you list the projected cost.  What's the projected cost on this one?  
Thanks for the wonderful plans!  Keep them coming!

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 04/16/2011 - 12:04

These were the first things my hubby and I built off of your site and unfortunately have had a heck of a time with them.  We are not inexperienced builders, have built a home and several pieces of furniture.  We ripped 1x2's from 1x8's because furring strips at HD looked terrible.  We measured several times, read over the plans and found that the shelf trim pieces were too long by almost an 1 1/2 in. . Rather than 42 1/2 in. we had to cut to 41 in. instead. Also, in our case we found that the top side overhang was 1 1/2 in  instead of 1 3/4in.  Not really a big deal, but tedious to have to go back and cut every piece again.  We ended up making three for our sunroom/library and it was time well spent with my hubby!

upersonal (not verified)

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:42

I dont find the length of the 1x2 pine boards i need to buy. Can you let me know how many is really needed? It was mentioned 10, but the sum of all measurements for 1x2s added upto 97.16ft which would require me to find 10 10feet 1x2s. I dont find them in homedepot of lowes and even if we find they are more than 4-5$ per piece. Can you please advice based on what you have done.

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upersonal (not verified)

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:01

I dont find the length of the 1x2 pine boards i need to buy. Can you let me know how many is really needed? You mentioned 10, but the sum of all measurements for 1x2s added upto 97.16ft which would require me to find 10 10feet 1x2s. I dont find them in homedepot of lowes and even if we find they are more than 4-5$ per piece. Please advice.

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 05/07/2011 - 10:28

I also had problems with this. If you go to their website, Lowes has what are called "furring strips" for less than $1 (in my area). They come in at least 8ft. lengths, so even if you need to buy 13- 8ft lengths, it still should come in under $20 for all materials. Obviously, this would change how you made your cuts if Ana was using 10ft long pieces.

Hope that is helpful.

Lindsay (not verified)

Wed, 11/28/2012 - 04:46

Hi Ana! I'm in the process of my FIRST project and am so excited about it! Quick question: I am wanting to stain my finished project. I am using oak hardwood plywood for the majority of the project. The plans call for 1 x2 pine boards for the trim. Will this look okay in the end, using two different woods, if I'm wanting to stain it a dark espresso?

mamachamp

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 14:14

I want to build this a TV stand for my daughter and am VERY new at this. Could you clarify how it to do it using a kreg jig?

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