Easy Wall Bookshelf

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/25/2009 - 19:18
Difficulty
Beginner
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A simple to build shelf that can add style and function to wall spaces. Perfect for CDs and DVDs, books, and frames, this wall bookshelf is designed to be easy to build, easy to look at and easy to use.

Thank you to Kenny-C for sharing his photo. Kenny-C added doors to this plan for a beautiful wall shelf.

Dimensions
41" tall x 30" wide x 7 1/2" deep

Preparation

Shopping List

1 1×8 8′ long (About 6 dollars)
1 1×8 10′ long (About 8 dollars)
1 1×2 8′ long (Less than a dollar)
Paint, Wood Putty, 2″ Brad Nails

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
primer
paint
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1×8 @ 41″ (Sides, cut these out of the 8′ 1×8)
4 – 1×8 @ 28 1/2″ (Shelves, cut these out of the 10′ 1×8)
2 – 1×2 @ 28 1/2″ (Supports)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Jigsaw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

Start by cutting the desired end shape out of the sides. Remember not to go past 4″ on the vertical (up and down), as the top and bottom shelves will sit at 4″ from the top and 4″ from the bottom. After you cut one side out, use it as a pattern for the other side.
Now would also be a good time to mark out your shelves, as shown below, on the sides. Remember, the shelves are 3/4″ thick.

Step 2

There is a 4" space on the top/bottom of the top and bottom shelves. See additional photos below.

Step 3

Shelves are spaced 10" apart.

Step 4

Attach shelves to the sides. Use glue and 2" screws or nails.

Step 5

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Comments

Karen (not verified)

Mon, 12/07/2009 - 19:12

Hi Ana, animation in this posting works, but it doesn't work in any of the older posts. Should I be able to see it in the other posts? Any idea why I can't?

Ana White (not verified)

Tue, 12/08/2009 - 08:42

Hi Karen, not all of the posts have animations. If there is a particular plan you would like to see an animation from, please let me know in the comments section. Thanks for reading my blog! Ana

Lori (not verified)

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 18:11

Hi Ana! I am new here, and I think your site is amazing!

I have never, ever built anything in my entire life, so this is probably a dopey question...I was wondering, why do you need 8 feet of the 1x2? Wouldn't I just need 5 feet? Maybe things don't come in 5 feet lengths. I'm clueless. Thank you!

Ana White (not verified)

Sun, 06/20/2010 - 22:05

Hi Lori, you are right, you can get away with less than five feet. It's just that a pine 1x2 8' standard length stick is about $1. You can go with per foot (I think Home Depot does this) but I always just buy bundles of 1x2s 8' long.

Bekah

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 19:57

Could someone give some measurements for how to build the doors?  I'm new at this and would love to make this with the doors on the bottom like in the picture.  Thank you!

In reply to by Bekah

MrsD2008

Sat, 04/23/2011 - 13:57

Would like to see plans with the doors.  But, if I get to this before you Bekah, I will have my hubby help me explain the plans when I add pictures!

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 08/03/2011 - 15:06

I am wondering if someone got around to building the doors on this unit. As simple as they appear I can't afford any mistakes (both time and money wise). Thanks in advance.

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 08/03/2011 - 15:06

I am wondering if someone got around to building the doors on this unit. As simple as they appear I can't afford any mistakes (both time and money wise). Thanks in advance.