Wood Shelf Plans: Build your own Bookshelf

The practice of building your own bookshelf must have been around since the first books were printed. There's something satisfying about unloading your own personal library onto your newly created bookcase, and these plans from WoodStore.net will help you attain that goal.

Whether it's a piece of Shaker furniture that suits your fancy, or a more modern lighted bookcase, we're pretty sure that these quality furniture plans will get you pointed in the right direction.

Space-saving modular built-ins

You can always use more storage space, right? Here’s a simple way to get it by tapping into those roomy pockets behind the walls of your home.

No matter what your available space, you can mix and match these boxes, drawers, doors, and shelves to fit under a stairwell or into a knee wall or dormer.

These plans show you how to build a set of shelves under your staircase, providing a ton of added storage for your home.

Collector showcase

Looking for the perfect way to display those special keepsakes? Here's an easy, elegant solution, featuring simple dowel joints and spline-mitered doors.

These shelves are ideal for collector items, a high-quality spice rack, or perhaps even a router bit storage shelf for the most organized woodworker.

The cabinet measures 16" wide, 20" tall, and 4" deep.

Shaker cabinet

Clean and simple, this cherry wall cabinet makes a nice addition to most any wall in need of dressing up.

A competent woodworker in a clean shop can build it in two evenings and enjoy it for a lifetime.

The cabinet measures 14" wide, 24" tall, and just under 6" deep.

Trio of Bookcases

Here’s a masterpiece you can build that will showcase your treasured tomes for years to come. Simply change the wood type and trim details to suit your taste. We’ll show you how.

The bookcase, which measures 33-3/4" wide by 13" deep by approximately 6-1/2' high, has a fixed shelf and three adjustable shelves to hold loads of books or display items.

Lighted Showcase

Here’s a visually high-impact piece of furniture that you can build for only a moderate investment of time and materials. Its three glass-insert shelves let light from a concealed halogen fixture stream from top to bottom. To discover how to beef up frame corners on this project and others, see the mitered half-lap joinery article at the end of the download. This joint hides the frames’ exposed end grain within the project’s legs.

Measures approximately 54-1/2" tall and 22-1/4" by 18-1/4".

Barrister's Bookcase

This early example of modular office furniture still makes it case.

You may stack the modular bookshelf units up to five high. With only two units your barrister’s bookcase does double duty as a sideboard or hall table.

Each unit measures approximately 15" high, 36-1/4" wide and 13-1/2" deep. Three units shown.

Ironing-Board Hideaway

Give an ironing board a new home

Ironing boards were never intended to be works of art. But a project as attractive as this shouldn’t be relegated to the laundry room. Now, you can store your board quickly and easily, and best of all, out of sight.

Measures 16-1/2" wide, 12" deep, 49" tall.

Towering Tomes Bookcase

Standing fully 7' tall, with six shelves (five of which adjust on standards and brackets), this stately walnut showcase has more than enough room for a librarian’s ransom in books. Fluted face-frame stiles and rich cove molding at the top make it a natural for traditionally styled interiors.

The bookcase is approximately 42" wide, 16" deep, and 7' tall.


Compact Disc Tower

There’s certainly no shortage of CD storage units on the market today, but you’ll search long and hard before you’ll find one that’s as good-looking as this. Classic Mission styling and solid oak construction give our tower a warm, inviting look, and plastic panel inserts featuring a touch-release system allow for easy access to your favorite CDs.

Measures 14-1/4" tall.