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Ever been in a store looked at a piece of furniture and thought, “Heck I could build that!?” Well, I’m all about that mentality, so here’s a real simple first woodworking project for the fledgling craftsman out there.

It’s a simple bookshelf.

Nothing crazy.

No dados, grooves, or other woodworking wizardry!

Today, we’re using either simple butt joints —

taking the shelves, applying glue, and then securing them with screws through the outer board

— or the trusty pocket hole screw.

All you need is a Pocket Hole Kreg Jig available from Amazon, and a set of 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Kreg Jig stay calm — it’s insanely easy to use.


  • Set the jig depth to the appropriate setting
  • Set the drill bit collar to the appropriate depth
  • Clamp your board into the Kreg Jig
  • Drill your holes
  • Switch to the square bit
  • Apply glue to the end of your board
  • Drive your screws into the drilled guides until the boards are joined
  • Pat yourself on the back… make sure you put the drill down first.

Here’s a video in case you’re a visual learner:

As you can tell this video is definitely from Kreg, and definitely from the YouTube.

Getting Started

Cut List

  •  2 – 3/4″ x 12″ x 24″
  •  5 – 3/4″ x 12″ x 16 1/2″
  •  1 – 1/16″ x 18″ x 24″


Once you wrap up the bulk of woodworking be sure to sand, and apply finish such as danish oil.

Always remember to follow all of the safety procedures recommended by your tools, and know that the choice not to follow those recommendations is up to your discretion and personal responsibility. 

Keep on Craftin’!


P.S. If you end up making this fine project be sure to send in some sweet pics! I’d love to add them to the gallery.

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