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Modern Bookshelf


Ana White
Ana White
Ana White
Ana White

Turn a basic bookshelf into a modern masterpiece with a few customizations! This easy to build bookshelf features three large shelves, and two taller, shorter shelves, perfect for displaying storing your necessities or collections - think boots and shoes in the entryway or servingware in your dining room. Try caster wheels instead of feet and a reclaimed wood back for an industrial style. Or use taller legs to bring the height of the bookshelf up - this one’s your’s to customize to fit you and your home perfectly and beautifully!

Cutting Instructions:

Cut all of your boards first. If you are using sheet goods (MDF, Plywood or Particle Board) for the sides and shelves (1x12 boards), rip the sheet goods to 11-¾” widths, 8 feet long, with a circular saw or table saw. Then cut the ripped pieces to length as specified in the cut list.

2 - 1x12 @ 48”
3 - 1x12 @ 46-1/2”
2 - 1x12 @ 29-3/4”
1 - 1x12 @ 16”
1 - 1/4” sheet MDF @ 48” x 48”
2 - 1x2 @ 45”
2 - 1x2 @ 48”

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Ana White's blueprints for this How-To! Frame: Build the outer frame of the bookshelf by attaching the 48” long sides to the 46-½” long top and bottom 1x12 boards. Use 1-¼” staples and glue at all joints.

    2. Step: 2

      Divider: Using the 24” long shelves as a guide, set inside the bookshelf at top and bottom, place the vertical divider inside the bookshelf. Attach vertical divider to top and bottom with 1-¼” staples glue.

    3. Step: 3

      Shelves: Mark location of all shelves. Place shelves in bookshelf, and attach shelves to sides with 1-¼” staples and glue.

    4. Step: 4

      Wallpaper: Apply wallpaper if using to back, following wallpaper manufacturers’ instructions.

    5. Step: 5

      Back: Attach back to sides, top and bottom, divider, and all shelves with glue and ¾” staples.

    6. Step: 6

      Face Frame: Use glue and 1-¼” staples to attach 1x2 face frame boards to front of bookshelf. The face frame reinforces joints, so be sure to staple to both top/bottom and sides in corners. Also attach to shelves and dividers.

    7. Step: 7

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      Legs: Attach mounting brackets to bottom of bookshelf and screw in legs. Angled legs will offer more tip resistance than straight legs. NOTE: With any tall bookshelf, securing to a wall to prevent tipping is recommended.

Comments (4)


  • Ana's blueprint link states: "The resource could not be found."
    By linda7, on August 11, 2014

  • If you click the link for the blueprint, you get a broken link. Until Ryobi Nation fixes the link, you can just backspace over the last four characters in the link (.pdf) and then hit enter and that will take you to the blueprint, which is in pdf format. Here's the link: http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/Bookshelf%20Video%20Project%20Ana%20White%20%282%29.pdf.pdf Just go to the end of the link and backspace over the last four characters (.pdf) and you will get a working link. I
    By sonyahemphil, on August 12, 2014

  • Resource could not be found. Link doesn't work
    By saw1947_74177, on August 12, 2014

  • Love this Modern bookshelf. It will look great in my mid century redesign, living room or dinning area.
    By LisaYvette, on November 19, 2014

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Modern Bookshelf

by Ana White
Jul 08, 2014
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Turn a basic bookshelf into a modern masterpiece with a few customizations! This easy to build bookshelf features three large shelves, and two taller, shorter shelves, perfect for displaying storing your necessities or collections - think boots and shoes in the entryway or servingware in your dining room. Try caster wheels instead of feet and a reclaimed wood back for an industrial style. Or use taller legs to bring the height of the bookshelf up - this one’s your’s to customize to fit you and your home perfectly and beautifully! Cutting Instructions: Cut all of your boards first. If you are using sheet goods (MDF, Plywood or Particle Board) for the sides and shelves (1x12 boards), rip the sheet goods to 11-¾” widths, 8 feet long, with a circular saw or table saw. Then cut the ripped pieces to length as specified in the cut list. 2 - 1x12 @ 48” 3 - 1x12 @ 46-1/2” 2 - 1x12 @ 29-3/4” 1 - 1x12 @ 16” 1 - 1/4” sheet MDF @ 48” x 48” 2 - 1x2 @ 45” 2 - 1x2 @ 48”

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Ana White's blueprints for this How-To! Frame: Build the outer frame of the bookshelf by attaching the 48” long sides to the 46-½” long top and bottom 1x12 boards. Use 1-¼” staples and glue at all joints.

  2. Step: 2

    Divider: Using the 24” long shelves as a guide, set inside the bookshelf at top and bottom, place the vertical divider inside the bookshelf. Attach vertical divider to top and bottom with 1-¼” staples glue.

  3. Step: 3

    Shelves: Mark location of all shelves. Place shelves in bookshelf, and attach shelves to sides with 1-¼” staples and glue.

  4. Step: 4

    Wallpaper: Apply wallpaper if using to back, following wallpaper manufacturers’ instructions.

  5. Step: 5

    Back: Attach back to sides, top and bottom, divider, and all shelves with glue and ¾” staples.

  6. Step: 6

    Face Frame: Use glue and 1-¼” staples to attach 1x2 face frame boards to front of bookshelf. The face frame reinforces joints, so be sure to staple to both top/bottom and sides in corners. Also attach to shelves and dividers.

  7. Step: 7
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    Legs: Attach mounting brackets to bottom of bookshelf and screw in legs. Angled legs will offer more tip resistance than straight legs. NOTE: With any tall bookshelf, securing to a wall to prevent tipping is recommended.