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Free DIY Advanced Bookshelf Plans

Rustic Handiwork Advanced Bookshelf Plans

Alright-alright-alright!

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’!

-Michael

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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