I had a lot of fun making this West Elm inspired bookshelf. It was a challenge putting the plans together and figuring out how to make all of the pieces. I made some templates to make sure the pieces I cut were all identical as could be (All the templates I used are included in this post.). Also, I used a router on everything in the bookshelf to round out the edges. This took a lot of extra time, but it was definitely worth it. I didn’t include routing the edges in my project plans, but if you have a router, I would definitely recommend using it on this project.
- 2- 1x12x6
- 1- 1x10x6
- 1- 1x3x8
- 5- 1x2x8
- 1/4 in Plywood (24 x 13-1/4)
- 1-1/4 in Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4 in Brad Nails
- Wood Biscuits (Or Pocket Hole Screws)
- Paint or Stain (I used Rust-Oleum Kona Stain and Rust-Oleum Matte Polyurethane)
- 2 Cabinet Hinges
- Magnetic Cabinet catch
- 5 in Cabinet Pull
- 3 @ 24 in (See steps six and eight for instructions)
- 2 @ 13-1/4 in (See step six for instructions)
- 1 @ 22 in (Cabinet front)
- 2 @ 24 in
- 3 @ 24 in (See steps three and four for instructions)
- 2 side support top pieces (See step one for instructions)
- 2 side support bottom pieces (See step one for instructions)
- 4 @ 72 in (See step one for details)
- 3 @ 24 in
1/4 in Plywood:
- 24 in x 13-1/4 in
- Miter saw
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
- Biscuit joiner (optional)
- Jig saw
- Air compressor and nail gun
- Router (optional)
Cut out the side pieces using the instructions and templates provided below.
Attach the pieces to make two side supports. I used biscuit joints, but pocket holes could also be used.
Cut two back support pieces using the template below.
Cut the front support piece using the template below.
Attach the back and front support pieces to the side pieces using pocket hole screws.
Make the bottom cabinet using 1×12. I cut mine at a 45 degree angle and used biscuit joints. Pocket hole screws could also be used (See instructions below). Attach 1/4 plywood piece (24 in x 13-1/4 in) to back of cabinet box.
Attach cabinet box to bookshelf frame.
Make one shelf from 1×12 and 1×2. Use brad nails to attach.
Make two shelves from 1×10 and 1×2. Use brad nails to attach.
Attach all shelves to the bookshelf frame using pocket hole screws (See pictures below to see how I attached shelves to the bookshelf frame).
Cut out bottom cabinet front from 1×12.
Sand and stain or paint.
Attach cabinet pull to the front pieces, and then attach to the bookshelf cabinet. I also used a magnetic cabinet stop.