Shaker Bookshelf Designs:
Easy to Assemble!
Page 2 of 2.

Page 2
Shows You
How to Assemble
This Shaker Bookshelf.

You are ready to assemble these Shaker bookshelf designs.

All the pieces are cut, and all of your pocket holes drilled.   Now the fun part - it is time to put it all together.

Page 1
Shows You
How to Cut and Drill
This Shaker Bookshelf.

To go to page 1, click on this link, or on the photo.

Bar Clamps Are Helpful If Working Alone.

You are now ready to assemble these Shaker bookshelf designs.

Because our woodworker for this project was working alone, connecting the first shelf was difficult. So we ended up buying the bar clamps. If you have an extra set of hands, this shouldn't be necessary.

We wished we would have purchased the Kreg AutoMaxx Bar Clamps.

IMPORTANT: Line up all of your shelves
with the pocket holes facing the bottom!

Spacing Jigs Make Assembly More Accurate!

We referred you to the spacing jigs page earlier. We are going to use 2 spacing jigs in assembling these bookshelf plans.

Your Top Bookshelf Piece is a Spacing Jig!

The first spacing jig is the back inset piece you cut earlier.  It will give you the right position for your top shelf.

Align that 5" wide piece along the top of your sides. We are not connecting that piece yet. Align your top shelf along the bottom of that 5" wide piece.

Use your speed square to make sure your shelf is square. And then drive your pocket hole screws on each side, checking for square as you go.

The Second Spacing Jig Gets the Lower Shelves in the Right Position.

It is time to use your next spacing jig - this one is 12 1/16 inches wide. Set it on each side of your bookcase, and align your 2nd shelf at the bottom of the spacing jig.

Double check that your shelf is square, and then drive your Kreg pocket hole screws.

Keep doing the same until all of your shelves have been added.

Now You Can Add the Back of the Top.

There are 2 options for adding the back inset piece on these Shaker bookshelf designs.

The first option is to use pocket hole joinery. Just drill 2 pocket holes in the back of each end, and then connect the 5" wide piece to the sides, using  Kreg pocket hole screws.

We Chose the Second Option.

We chose the 2nd option, which is to add the back inset piece with regular wood screws and buttons.

A countersink Bit is Needed for the Wood Buttons.

To use the wood screws you need to use a countersink bit.

Drill 2 holes through the sides into the top back inset and then drive in your wood screws.

Match The Size of the Buttons to Your Countersink Bit.

The buttons to cover up your wood screws need to match the size of your countersink bit.

You will want to glue these buttons, but use the glue sparingly, so it doesn't ease out of the hole. This makes it difficult to stain your new bookshelf. The stain will not absorb as well in the areas where there is glue.

The Wood Buttons Add Character to these Shaker Bookshelf Designs!

Once you add the buttons, you can see just how nice this bookcase is.

Practically everyone who walks by it touches one of the upper corners. It is not just woodworkers who like the feel of wood.

We Added Floor Guides to the Bottom.

All that is left are the finishing touches: add the floor guides to the bottom, and pick whether you will stain and varnish, or paint your completed bookshelf plans.

The PDF for these Shaker Bookshelf Designs is at This Link.

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

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


Want More Bookshelf Plans?

Click on this link, or on the photo, to see more bookshelf plans you can build using the Kreg jig.

Check Out Our Other Shaker Woodworking Plans!

We have Shaker wall shelf plans, hamper, benches, blanket chest, and more!

Click on this link, or on the photo, to see which you would like to build next.

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