This Pocket Hole Bookcase Plan
Kreg Tool Company
This pocket hole bookcase plan was inspired by Jeff Devlin, a host on DIY Network. This is a substantial sized bookcase with a height of 60" and a total width of 39". The actual shelves are 34 1/2" wide.
Creating more shelf space for just about any room in the house is helpful! This bookcase results in almost 9 feet of shelf space.
Although sizeable, this bookcase is still suitable for the woodworking beginner. This plan uses two types of pocket hole joinery: right angle (generally the most common), and edge joinery.
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The link to download
this free wood working plan from Kreg Tool
is at the bottom of this page.
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Woodworking Tools Needed to Build This Pocket Hole Bookcase.
You will need the following woodworking hand tools for these free Kreg Tool Company plans:
- Kreg pocket screw jig;
- woodworking clamps;
- tape measure; and
The woodworking power tools you need for this pocket hole bookcase are:
circular saw, or table saw and electric drill.
As with every Kreg plan, we strongly encourage you to protect your eyes with safety glasses.
The Materials List for this Kreg Tool Company Plan.
- (2) sheets of 4' x 8', 3/4" hardwood plywood;
- (3) 1" x 2", 6' long pine boards;
- (2) 1" x 2", 4' long pine boards;
- (1) 1" x 4", 4' long pine boards;
- (1) 1" x 8", 4' long pine boards;
- (1) 5 1/4" wide - 6' long base molding;
- (1) 6' bed molding;
- (100) 1 1/4 inch coarse Kreg screws; and
- (1) bottle of wood glue.
This pocket hole bookcase plan is laid out to maximize the use of each of the 4x8 sheets of plywood, which are the most expensive part of this project. There is very little wasted material!
Project Costs to Build this Bookcase.
The plan shows the sides, back and shelves made from birch plywood. Assuming you have to buy everything, the estimated cost of materials is $175. If you made it instead from pine plywood and simplified the molding, you probably could make it for about $125.
Either way, you would have a much better bookcase than what you could buy for that same price.
P.S. The materials list calls for some 4' lengths. In our experience, you often have to buy 8' lengths. This estimated price includes the price for the 8' long boards.
Our Hints, Tips and Recommendations.
This is an excellent plan for a bookcase with fixed shelves. The fixed shelves also add to the structural integrity and strength of these shelves.
If you wanted a bookshelf with adjustable shelves, you would need to take a different approach. The issue is that the raw edges of the plywood would show on the front of the bookcase. In this plan those raw edges on the sides and shelves are covered by the face frame, giving it a finished appearance.
Possible Alterations to the Bookcase Plan.
The size of this bookcase can be easily
altered. If this is your first bookcase using the Kreg jig, we
recommend that you follow the plan to the letter.
If you have a
lot of woodworking experience, changing either the height or width or
both, would not be difficult. Keep in mind, though, that the dimensions
in this plan maximize the use of the 4x8 plywood sheets.
The plan does not tell you at what heights to position the shelves. Jeff Devlin chose a larger space on the top shelf to hold trophies. Normally, the largest space is at the bottom. You could also put equal distances between the shelves.
The bottom shelf is also 7+" from the floor. You might be able to reduce that a bit. That could change the proportions of the completed piece.
Go to the Kreg Tool Company Website to Get a Copy of These Plans.
To go to the website for the plans for this pocket hole bookcase, click here,
on the Kreg Tools logo. Then click on the
"Get Inspired" tab at the top of the page, and then go to "Plans."
Check out Some Other Bookcase Plans on This Website.
To see bookcase plans of different sizes, different approaches, and using different materials, BUT all built with the Kreg jig, click on this link or on the photo.
Check Out the Pocket Hole Cabinet Plans on This Website.
Kreg Tool Company has a free wall cabinet plan. Check out that plan, as well as some other pocket hole cabinet plans, by clicking on this link, or on the photo.