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Free DIY Advanced Bookshelf Plans

Rustic Handiwork Advanced Bookshelf Plans


So you’ve completed the basic bookshelf… well done. Now it’s time to try something a little more complicated.

Something without so many pocket holes.

Something with dados and rabbets.

Don’t worry it’s still pretty darn easy!

These plans are a riff on the simple bookshelf. The only difference is that you now have facing for the front — you can still assemble those pieces with glue, and pocket holes — and some fancier joinery.

Again don’t worry. I’m not asking for dovetails.

With a dado, you essentially cut a channel along the side panels. You can use a table saw, a chisel, a router, or even a circular saw. Here’s a Youtube Video to help you out.

That guy has a dado set, but you can also do it with a singular blade… it just takes longer.

The dados in this project are 3/4″ wide and 1/4″ deep.

There is also a rabbet in the back to dress up the rear panel. Again, all you really have to do is cut a portion of the side panel boards out — like an open ended dado — and then you can insert the panel.

If you’re feeling confused, be sure to download the full plans in the bottom link. I went into much greater detail with this set.

Always remember to practice proper safety. Be present, be aware, and follow the procedures your tools provide.

Keep on Craftin’!


Getting Started On This Woodworking Project

Cut List

  • 1 –       1/4″ x 17 1/2″ x 24″   – Rear Panel
  • 5 –      3/4″ x 17″ x 12″   – Shelves
  • 2 –      3/4″ x 12 1/4″ x 24″  – Side Panels
  • 2 –      1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 15″  – Top / Bottom Facing
  • 2 –      1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 24″  – Left / Right Facing

Woodworking Materials

Rustic Handiwork plans for advanced bookshelf front

Download the Complete Plans Here!


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