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Modern Bookshelf

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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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.


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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.


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Shelves:

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


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Wallpaper:

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


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Back:

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


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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.


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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.


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Project Information

Difficulty: Easy

Materials Used:

  • (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

  • Wood glue

  • Wood filler

  • Sandpaper

  • Wall paper and adhesive (if required)

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