Free Bookshelf Plans
are Simple to Build.
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Create a Shaker-Style Bookcase in One Day.


These bookshelf plans help you create a very versatile bookcase for you or for a gift. It is constructed of solid pine boards with fixed shelves. The shelves are 12 inches high, so most books would fit easily.  You could vary the height of the shelves, if you chose to.

The Kreg pocket hole screws are on the underside of each shelf, and not visible unless you look for them.

The pdf for these bookshelf plans is at the bottom of the page.


You will need the following woodworking hand tools:

  • Kreg jig;
  • woodworking clamps;
  • speed square;
  • tape measure;
  • pencil;
  • compass; and
  • hammer.

The essential woodworking power tools for these free wood working plans are:

  • circular saw;
  • and drill.

If You Have Jig Saw and Router, You Could Use Them, too.

The following are nonessential power tools, but would help give your wood working project a more finished look.

The plans call for a jig saw to make the curved cut across the top, and the half circles cut around the bottom. BUT, if you don't have a jig saw, you could angle cut the top sides from the front of the shelf up to the top of the back piece. AND you could leave the bottom sides straight across.

IF you have a router you could use it to round all the edges at the front of your bookshelf. This would affect the appearance, but not the functionality of these shelves.

These Bookshelf Plans Call for the Following Materials.


Before you take your list to the lumberyard, please read the article, "Selecting Pine Boards." You will be glad you did!

  • (1) 1 inch by 6 inch, 4 foot long pine board;
  • (3) 1 inch by 10 inch, 6 foot long pine boards;
  • (24) 1 1/4 inch coarse Kreg pocket hole screws;
  • (4) 3/4 inch floor guides;
  • (1) 3/8 inch, inset drill bit;
  • (4) 3/8 inch buttons;
  • (4) 1 1/4 inch wood screws #7; and
  • (24) pine Kreg pocket hole plugs. (optional)

To learn more about pocket hole plugs, click here.

Each of these Kreg plans are built using the Kreg pocket hole jig. When we started, we purchased the Kreg K4MS Jig Master System which costs about $140. This set has everything you need to get started making your own furniture NOW!

Estimated Cost to Build Shaker Bookcase.

Project Costs:

The total cost if using select pine boards is about $45, plus 1 hour to sort through a pile of boards.

The hardware will cost $10 - $15 more.


The only type of pocket hole joinery used in this wood working project is connecting pieces at right angles.

A right angle clamp would be very helpful in assembling this bookshelf!

Make Your Own Woodworking Jigs!


To get the best results with these bookshelf plans, make and use the following jigs:

  • Spacing jig;
  • Cross cutting jig; and
  • Spacing and Cutting jig.

Go from 'Bookshelf Plans'
to 'Woodworking Jigs'
to learn how these will help you!

We are Ready to Start Building!

Go to the PDF link at the bottom of this page.  You can print that out and take it into the shop with you.


Step One:

Cut the boards to the lengths called for in the PDF plans.

Clamp Your Board to Your Work Surface and Cut Your Pieces.

Notice how each piece is securely clamped to the workbench before cutting.  We used a circular saw to cut these, but you could also use a table saw, a miter saw, or, as shown here, a jig saw.

The Next Step is to Shape the Bottoms and Tops of Your Side Pieces.

Step Two:

If you have a jig saw, you can now draw and cut the 1/2 circle to form the legs of these bookshelf plans.

Hint: If you don't have a compass, find a bowl in the kitchen that is close to the size for the cut out. Lay the 2 side pieces bottom end to bottom end. Align the bowl so that 1/2 is on each board, and equal distance from each side. Trace the bowl, and you will have the lines you need to make the cut out on both pieces.

Sand Your Cuts Smooth!

Once your half circles are cut on both sides of this wood working project, they will need to be sanded smooth.

Draw and Cut the Curves on the Top.

Step Three:

If you have a jig saw, draw the line for the top of your pocket hole bookshelf sides following the example in the pdf diagram.

Do just one side. When you have cut that side, lay it on top of the other side to draw your second line. You will have less variance in the sides.

Again, Sand it Smooth.

If you don't have a jig saw, you could leave the top as it is. OR, you could draw a straight line 4 inches down on the front of your shelf to 2 inches from the back of the top of your shelf forming a triangle piece. You then cut off that piece with your circular saw. Do the same with the 2nd side piece.

Whichever option you choose, once your cut is made you will need to sand it smooth.

Set Up Your Kreg Jig for 3/4" Wood.

Step Four:

Because all of the boards used in these bookshelf plans are 3/4 inch thick, you will set your step drill bit to the 3/4" mark.

Also, set your Kreg jig pocket hole drill guide to 3/4".

Drill the Pocket Holes on the Bottom of Each Shelf Piece.

In the photo below, it shows that we drilled 4 pocket holes on each end.  Your could get by with 3 on each end.

Drill the Pocket Holes a Couple of Inches Away from the Front and Back Edges.

You will be drilling 4 Kreg pocket holes on the short end of each of your shelves. It is not crucial that they be evenly spaced, but you do want the end ones a couple of inches away from the edge, so you won't be splitting the wood.

Page 2 Shows You How To Assemble This Shaker Style Bookshelf.

To go to Page 2 of these bookcase plans,
click on this link, or on the photo.

The PDF for
These Bookshelf Plans
May Be Downloaded
at This Link.

Click here, or on the bookshelf photo above to see the PDF plans for this bookshelf.

The printed version is much easier to read than the onscreen version.

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to reviewing the bookcase plans free from Kreg Tool.

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