My wife is an avid reader. She spends as much time reading her favorite novels as I do in the shop. Combine the two and you get a bookcase! A bookcase has been on the “honey-do” list for a while and I am just now getting around to it. But the problem with almost all of my household projects lately is finding a place to put it. We live in a small 2 bedroom apartment so space is very limited. With that in mind, I designed a relatively small bookcase.
The bookcase is roughly 42″ tall, 24″ wide, and 9″ deep. I designed it this size first and foremost because that’s just about all the space I have available in my room and secondly because this allows me to use 1×10 and 1×8 materials with little trimming. The shelf pieces the exact depth of a 1×8 which made the project that much easier to assemble.
Because I had to do a lot of running around this week I was unable to make this a complete how to project with plans. Maybe after busy season at work I will come back and make a plan for it (EDIT: I have since added a cutting diagram and updated SketchUp file at the end of this post) Speaking of running around, I had to make three trips to Lowes for materials for this build and this is why; First, never make a materials list that starts on one piece of paper and ends on another. Dumb mistake by me. Second, when you are checking out with your materials and you are roughly half of what your estimated cost was it is a good idea to stop and check the list again. And third, which is the one I am horrible at, measure twice and cut once!
If you take my human errors out of the picture, the project went smoothly with no problems. This build is super simple. Any pocket hole project is generally simple actually. I started this late one night and finished it up the next day. That’s with recording the build too! I would estimate a build time of about 4 hours with no distractions. The total cost was about $45 while using a decent grade pine. The finish used was Minwax Early American stain and a few sprayed coats of satin lacquer. Without the lacquer I was not pleased with the stain. The lacquer really gave this piece the look I was going for.
I was trying to match the bedroom furniture I already have. Matching any type of already stained project is always a nightmare for me, especially with pine. Pine is so unpredictable. In the end I am extremely pleased with how they match. The most important part is that my wife is really happy with it too. That’s pretty much all that matters here anyway! This picture kinda sucks but I included it anyway to show the color matching I was going for. Note that we are really crammed for space!
This is also the first build video with my new camera. I want to thank everyone who watches these videos and surfs around on this website. If it wasn’t for your support I would not have been able to make this upgrade. Thanks again guys and I hope you enjoy the video!
Click on these images to view them larger. From there you can save and print them. The construction is pretty basic. Refer to the video for assembly.