I am so excited to show you how I built this DIY Built In Bookcase.
How to Build a Built-In-Bookshelf
- Buy Plywood
For this project, I used 3/4 inch birch plywood from the Home Depot.
- Cut Wood
Head over BuildSomething.com to download my free building plans. The cut list as well as step by step instructions are included there. Then come back here for the step by step process.
- Drill Pocket Holes
Use a pocket hole jig to drill pocket holes. (I love my Kreg Jig- find it on Amazon or at Home Depot)
- Build Carcass
Using wood glue and pocket hole screws, attach the top and bottom shelves to one of your side panels of your bookshelf. This will create three sides of your bookshelf carcass. I used this right angle square to keep my boards square and level.
- Assemble Shelves
Using wood glue and pocket hole screws, attach the remaining shelves to the side panels of your bookshelf.
- Finish Assembly
Once the shelves are assembled, add your next side panel. I used my right angle clamp to make sure my bookshelf stayed square.
- Install Bookshelf
Once you have your bookshelf built, you will install it into your space. Once installed, you can trim it out to create the look of a built in. Follow my step by step guideline for how to trim out a bookshelf.
Find my free bookcase building plans, here: Free Boookcase building plans
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Andreea M. Zaharcu says
I was just thinking that I need something to store my materials. And this is the perfect idea 🙂 I think I already know what I will do this weekend. Thank you for sharing.