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A classic cottage style bookshelf complete with tongue and groove backing. I designed this simple bookshelf with clean, easy lines and a nod to the cottage aesthetic. It’s plenty deep shelf space at over 12 inches can hold almost any size book. Tons of storage and two adjustable shelves.

Difficulty moderate

Tools

Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Circular Saw (cordless)
    Circular Saw (cordless)
  • Miter Saw
    Miter Saw
  • Table Saw
    Table Saw
  • Tape Measure
    Tape Measure
  • Drill (cordless)
    Drill (cordless)
  • Sander
    Sander

Materials

Wood Products

  • 1 Plywood , 3/4" Thick , Full Sheet
  • 1 Plywood , 3/4" Thick , Half Sheet
  • 4 Board , 2x2 , 72"
  • 1 Board , 1x2 , 96"
  • 2 Board , 1x3 , 72"
  • 6 Tongue & groove , 1x6 , 96"

Hardware & Supplies

  • 50 1 1/4" pocket hole screws
  • 4 2" wood screws
  • 24 1 1/4" wood screws

Cut List & Parts

  • 4 Legs , 2 x 2 @ 59 1/4"
  • 4 Side trim , 1 x 3 @ 12"
  • 2 Side panels , 3/4" x 12 x 56 1/2"
  • 2 Shelves , 3/4" x 12 x 31 1/2"
  • 1 Top (carcass) , 3/4" x 12 x 33"
  • 2 Shelf trim , 1 x 3 @ 31 1/2"
  • 1 Shelf trim , 1 x 3 @ 31 1/2"
  • 2 Shelves (movable) , 3/4" x 12 x 31 1/4"
  • 2 Shelf trim (movable) , 1 x 2 @ 31 1/4"
  • 1 Top , 3/4" x 15 3/4" x 36"
  • 6 Backing (tongue & groove) , 1 x 6 @ 57 1/4"

Directions

  • Dimensions

    Overall dimensions: 60"h x 36"w x 15 3/4"d

  • Step 1

    Create the tapered end on each leg using a jigsaw or table saw.

  • Step 2

    Attach the side panel cross supports using pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Make 2.

  • Step 3

    Attach the side panel into the frame using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Make 2.

  • Step 4

    Attach fixed shelves to side panel using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

  • Step 5

    Attach second side panel to other end of fixed shelves using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

  • Step 6

    Attach carcass top to side panels using countersunk 2" wood screws.

  • Step 7

    Attach front trim to shelves using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

  • Step 8

    Attach top to carcass using countersunk 1 1/4" wood screws.

  • Step 9

    Make two movable shelves. Attach front trim to shelf using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

  • Step 10

    Attach tongue and groove backing to carcass using countersunk 1 1/4" wood screws.