In DIY Furniture, DIY Resources, Wall Shelves/Storage
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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.

Supply List:

  • 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

Cut List:


  • 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

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw
  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
  • Biscuit joiner (optional)
  • Jig saw
  • Air compressor and nail gun
  • Router (optional)

Project Plan:

Step One:  

Cut out the side pieces using the instructions and templates provided below.

Step Two: 

Attach the pieces to make two side supports.  I used biscuit joints, but pocket holes could also be used.

Step Three:  

Cut two back support pieces using the template below.

Step Four:  

Cut the front support piece using the template below.

Step Five:  

Attach the back and front support pieces to the side pieces using pocket hole screws.

Step Six:  

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.

Step Seven:  

Attach cabinet box to bookshelf frame.

Step Eight:

Make one shelf from 1×12 and 1×2.  Use brad nails to attach.

Step Nine:

Make two shelves from 1×10 and 1×2.  Use brad nails to attach.

Step Ten:

Attach all shelves to the bookshelf frame using pocket hole screws (See pictures below to see how I attached shelves to the bookshelf frame).

Step Eleven: 

Cut out bottom cabinet front from 1×12.

Step Twelve:

Sand and stain or paint.

Step Thirteen:

Attach cabinet pull to the front pieces, and then attach to the bookshelf cabinet.  I also used a magnetic cabinet stop.

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