How to Build a Bookcase Step by Step – Bookcase Plans

Vendor sites usually catalog these plans according to ease of execution so you should know which ones to choose for your skill level. This is to avoid getting into woodworking projects which might be wasteful, both in terms of time and materials.

It is recommended that you visit a local timber supplier and get to know the different types of wood and their best uses and limitations. This will be very helpful for you to settle on a wood type for your woodworking bookcase.

Solid Pine Shelves – For first-time projects, I like to use off-the-shelf dimensional lumber from the big box stores like Home Depot. Pine is relatively cheap (compared to hardwood) and is precut to standard-size widths and lengths. That means a LOT less cutting for me to get the basic pieces of my bookcase ready for assembly. Woodworkers might point out that dimensional lumber is inconsistent in width and thickness, which makes less-than-perfect woodworking joints without first planning and/or squaring the boards on a table saw. They’re right. Dimensional lumber is not perfectly square and consistent from one board to the next. But that doesn’t mean you can’t build a decent-looking bookcase otherwise. Sure, you might have some small gaps in the joinery, and maybe the case isn’t absolutely square and plumb. But more often than not, you’ll be the only one who knows any different. Save the more exacting work for nicer bookcase you’ll build next year.

Then I installed wood pieces across to support the shelves but since I ran out of wood I did not put a board on the floor to support the bottom. Anyway the whole thing looked fine and my wife was happy with the bookcase wall unit I made.

#1 Circular Saw – A circular saw will cut just about anything you can throw at it, and with a few accessories, some fairly complicated joinery. Even if you decide later to upgrade to more expensive tools, your circular saw will always get used in the shop. For a simple bookcase, you’ll be using the circular saw to cut all the boards to length, and to help make the dado cuts that hold your bookcase shelves. You’ll also use the saw to cut down a 4×8 sheet of plywood for the bookcase back.

My wife likes shopping so she usually lets me know what she would like, then I make the furniture item from her inspiration. If you have the inspiration to build a bookcase but don’t have the hundreds or thousands of dollars to spend on new timber or maybe mdf is not available in your area there are other alternatives.

The boards I used looked a little thin but I figured that putting some pieces across in brick style fashion would be enough to provide support.

Creating a bookcase or a bookshelf can be an absolute breeze! Blueprints and designs for bookcases and bookshelves are incredibly simple to follow, and require almost no prior experience in building furniture or professional carpentry. In fact, putting together a high quality, beautiful bookshelf or bookcases is a great place to start if you are looking to start building your own products from scratch, as it provides a great introduction to the materials and tools that are necessary. Building a bookshelf will take you less than a day, and will save you a huge amount of cash. Imagine that price of a modern bookcase; you will pay less than a tenth for your own home made bookcase, that will look just as good and will be just as durable.

When you have your materials, you’ll want to start gathering your tools together. Here are the tools that are needed to build a bookcase step by step: