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!
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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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.
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.
Mark location of all shelves. Place shelves in bookshelf, and attach shelves to sides with 1-¼” staples and glue.
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.
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.
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(4) 1x12x8’ boards (prefer MDF for paint) or ¾” thick sheet goods ripped 11-¾” x 8’ long
(2) 1x2x8’ boards (prefer MDF for paint)
(4) Leg Mounting Plates
Screws for attaching mounting plates to bottom
(4) 12” Tapered Legs
¾” and 1-1/4” staples
Wall paper and adhesive (if required)