Mod Modular Office - Bookcase

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 09/09/2010 - 20:26
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Modern bookcases that display and store. Works with our Mod Modular Collection.

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Do you ever feel like our site is just a little skewed toward furnishings suitable for little girls?

 

There is actually a good reason for that.

 

 

Technically, three good reasons. If you haven't met my inspiration, here is my daughter Grace (the one in the hand-me-down leggings) and the girl that made the holes in the leggings, my niece, Hannah, and quite possibly the cutest little strawberry blonde ever, my niece Clara.  Oh, and the other cutie is the hubs otherwise known as the real Alaska Man (or RAM).

So this is why you see lots of pink, playhouse beds, dollhouse bookcases, and just about every photo I share is taken in a pink room.

But today, I thought I would work on something more geared toward those that are not three years old.

The intention to put together an office set of plans in an edgier, more modern, more West Elmish vibe has been nagging at me for months.  And today, when my West Elm catalog showed up in the mail, I found some major inspiration from this bookshelf.

And how about shortening it to an end table, like this end table?  Same height, but just 20" shorter.  All you would have to do is subtract 20" from the top, bottom, shelf, long legs and side trim.  Everything else stays exactly the same.  Come to think of it, you may just have the scraps leftover to build it as a bonus from the bookshelf!

I wanted this design to have the chunky look like West Elm's, so I added a frame to the sides.  Also, I love using frames because it takes away the need for edge banding for a stained product.  Don't get me wrong, I love edge banding. But if given the choice, framing is cheaper, easier, longer lasting and creates more structure to your piece than edge banding.  That said, in the diagram, I did not face frame the shelves, so you may need to apply edge banding there or to add face framing (I'll leave that up to you) if you choose to stain your finished product.

Dimensions
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List

5 feet of 1×10 boards
1 Sheet of 3/4″ Plywood (for Staining) or 3/4″ MDF (for painting), cut into 15 1/2″ wide strips, 8′ long
2 – 2×2 Boards, 8′ Long
4 – 1×2 Board, 8′ Long
2″ Screws or 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
2″ Finish nails
Wood Glue
Finishing Supplies
Edge banding for staining

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

1 – 1×16 @ 47 1/4″ (Top)
1 – 1×16 @ 46 1/2″ (Bottom)
1 – 1×16 @ 24 1/4″ (Middle Divider)
1 – 1×16 @ 25 3/4″ (Closed End)
1 – 1×16 @ 37″ (Long Shelf)
2 – 1×10 @ 26 1/2″ (Small Shelf Sides)
1 – 1×16 @ 8 3/4″ (Small Shelf)
4 – 1×2 @ 37 3/4″ (Side Trim)
4 – 1×2 @ 23 1/2″ (Closed End Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 17″ (Small Shelf Trim)
2 – 2×2 @ 46 1/2″ (Floating Base Sides)
2 – 2×2 @ 12 1/2″ (Floating Base Ends)

Cutting Instructions

Have your hardware store cut your plywood into three 15 1/2″ wide strips, 8′ long. These boards will be called 1x16s throughout this plan (and this entire site) and all scraps can be used for any plan calling for a 1×16 board.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Table Saw
Power Sander
Level
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

Build the Box

Measure the joints and mark out on all boards. If you are using a Kreg Jig™, drill pocket holes (you will need 1 1/4″ pocket holes screws). If you are using 2″ wood screws, predrill screw holes. Add glue and screw together.

Step 2

Large Shelf

The large shelf can be either held in place with shelf pins for an adjustable shelf or you can create a fixed shelf. For shelf pins, drill holes that match your shelf pins. For fixed shelves, attach the shelf with glue and screws as you did the box.

Step 3

Small Shelf Sides

Use 2″ finish nails and glue to attach the small shelf sides to the open end of the bookshelf. Leave 3/4″ under the bottom shelf, as shown in the diagram.

Step 4

Small Shelf

Add the small shelf with either screws and glue or drill shelf pin holes for an adjustable height shelf.

Step 5

Step 6

Closed End Trim

Attach the closed end trim to the closed end. Also, if the shelf is not fixed, attach to the shelf. Use 2″ finish nails and glue. If you are using a Kreg Jig™, build your face frames separately, then nail the entire face frame on as a whole.

Step 7

Small Bookshelf Trim

Attach the bottom and top trim to the small bookshelf. Use 2″ finish nails and glue. If you are using a Kreg Jig™, build the face frame first, then attach the entire face frame using 2″ finish nails and glue.

Step 8

Small Shelf Side Trim

Attach the small shelf side trim with 2″ finish nails and glue. If you choose to use fixed shelves, also nail into the fixed shelves for added support.

Step 9

Floating Base Sides

Use 2″ screws and glue to attach the floating base sides to the bottom.

Step 10

Floating Base Ends

Finish the floating base by attaching the final pieces to the bottom with 2″ screws and glue.

Comments

safetyglasses (not verified)

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 03:20

Alright - enough pics of those cute kids. when do we get to see some pics of your RAM?

Dynamic Duo (not verified)

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 03:22

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, Ana!

More modern! More adult! I'm loving your decision to broaden things and look into the West Elm modern-style. Keep these coming! Looking great. Even though I don't have a place or a need for this in my house, I might try to find a friend who really wants it, so I have an excuse to build it!

Viola (not verified)

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 06:34

I really like this piece Ana. Made me think of all sorts of ideas. Thank you again for all that you do.

StagsHome

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 09:08

Absolutely love these modular plans! 

I made some modifications and actually made this into a sofa table or "runner"—not too sure what they call them—for behind the couch. The shelving on the sides stores decor and magazines and the top makes a new home for decor that otherwise had no home. 

I opted to make mine out of only solid pine at the expense of being limited to 10 inches wide without additional joinery. 

Thank you for the inspiration! The wife was begging for a sofa table for over a year!