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These bathroom shelves are from free bookshelf plans

These Free Bookshelf Plans Create Valuable Storage Space in Your Bathroom.

DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner.

These free bookshelf plans are very simple, using only 5 pieces of wood, but when completed have a great impact, both practically and visually, on your bathroom.

Because they are so simple these plans make a great first project with your Kreg K3 jig and Kreg pocket hole screws.

In just eight, easy steps you will have completed a durable and useful, wood working project.


A pdf of these free bookshelf plans can be found at the end of the page.


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WOODWORKING TOOLS NEEDED:

These free woodworking plans require the least amount of tools. In addition to your Kreg K3 jig, the only woodworking hand tools you will need are:
  • speed square;
  • tape measure;
  • pencil; and
  • woodworking clamps.
The woodworking power tools you need for this Kreg jig bookcase project are:
  • circular saw;
  • jig saw; and
  • drill.
And don't forget to locate your safety glasses. Please use them every time you use your drill or saw.

Wear safety glassed when using the Kreg K3 jig.


This is pine wood so the coarse screws are needed

MATERIALS NEEDED:

The materials list for these free bookshelf plans is very short.

  • 16 feet of 1 inch by 10 pine boards, 2 pieces of which must be at least 6 feet long;
  • (18) 1 1/4 coarse Kreg pocket hole screws;and
  • 4 3/4 inch floor guides, tack type.
If you haven't yet read the guide for choosing pine boards, we encourage you to do it now.

To learn about when to use coarse or fine Kreg pocket hole screws, click here.

MATERIAL ALTERNATIVES:

This Kreg jig bookcase was designed to be made from pine, but oak could also be used. If you did use oak, you would need to use the fine thread, Kreg pocket hole screws.


PROJECT COSTS:
The approximate cost to build these free bookshelf plans from pine is $30-35. Building it from oak would be at least double that.


Cut out the five pieces from your boards

Step One. Measure and cut the 2 side pieces and the 3 shelves from your boards. To make sure that all 3 of your shelves are the same length, make a cutting and spacing jig.


Make the half circle at the bottom.

Step Two.

It is the cut out at the bottom, and the shaping at the top that give these free bookshelf plans a pleasing shape.


Make  radius of 2 1/2 inches.

Step Two.A.

If you have a compass as shown in the photos, making a half-circle is easy. Find the center point at the bottom of each of your side pieces. Measure 2 and 1/2 inches straight up from that point. Position the metal tip at the bottom edge, and the pencil tip at the 2 and 1/2 inch mark, and make your half circle.

If you don't have a compass, find a bowl in the kitchen that is approximately 5 inches in diameter. Lay your two side pieces bottom end to bottom end. Set your bowl 1/2 on each end, making sure each side of the bowl is equal distance from the sides of your wood. Then trace your bowl. You should end up with matching half circles on each bottom side of these free bookshelf plans.



You are now ready to cut out your half circle.

Step Two.B.

You are now ready to cut out the half circle with your jig saw. To make it easier to get a more even cut, you could make a cut along the center line, up to the half circle line. And then make more cuts that will remove small triangle pieces of the half circle.

Do not force the jig saw into the wood. Use steady firmness to guide it forward. If you push too hard, your jig saw blade will start bending, and you will end up with a slanted edge on the cut. If you see the bending happening, back up a little, and decrease the pressure.



Draw the line on the top of each of the sides.

Step Three.

The next step is to shape the top of the sides. Before you do that, however, you should mark where the top shelf will be.

Line up your side pieces next to each other on a flat surface. Measure 3 1/4 inches down from the top. Use a straight edge to draw a line all the way across both pieces. This line will be where the top of top shelf will line up.


Follow the line with your jig saw to round the top.

Step Three. A.

The top line is made by a 20 inch diameter circle. Most compasses are not large enough to create that circle. So you get to use the old string trick.

Tie a 15 to 20 inch long string around a pencil. Determine where 10 inches is on your string. Find the center of the top of the board. Make a line from that center point, straight down 10 inches. Hold the 10 inch mark on your string on the 10 inch mark on your board, and slowly draw that part of the circle that reaches to the top of the board.

The net result is a softer, rounded top to your Kreg jig bookcase.

Step Three. B.

Now you can use your jig saw to round off the tops of these free bookshelf plans. Again, make sure your jig saw blade doesn't bend when making the cuts.


Step Four.

It is time to sand your wood pieces. Sand the cutout on both the top and bottom of your side pieces. And then sand smooth the sides and the shelves.

When everything is sanded smooth, it is time to select the best side of each board. The best side of your side pieces will go on the outside, and the best side of the shelves will be the top. Put an X of the poorer side of all 5 pieces.



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