Hey everyone! I’m excited to be blogging because I’ve built a really cool piece of furniture and can’t wait to see what you think! I’m calling this one a modern-rustic bookshelf because it’s got a rustic reclaimed wood feel but with a modern shape. Honestly, this was a very simple project considering the size of it – once everything is cut there’s just a little bit of assembly. This piece measures in at 46 x 38″ so it’s perfect for small spaces.
- (4) 2 x 4 x 96″
- (3) 2 x 10 x 96″
- (2) Sets of two 12″ dowels
- Wood Stain
- Black Spray Paint (if needed)
- 2″ Pocket Screws
- 2″ Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
- Miter Saw
- Power Drill
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Eye Protection
Step 1 – Assemble Sides
To assemble the sides of the bookshelf, I started by sanding all the individual pieces with 120 and 220 grit sandpaper. I find it a lot easier to sand them before it’s all put together, but it works that way too. I then drilled pocket holes into the ends of the 10″ 2 x 4 boards using this jig. These are attached to the longest 2 x 4 boards with wood glue and 2″ pocket screws beginning at 2.5″ from the bottom and leaving 16″ between. I then attached the opposite long board to the other side and finished it by attaching the piece with both angled edges to close the end.
Repeat the steps above and you’ve got most of the bookshelf finished! Since the shelves are just one board each, all they needed was a good sanding to get them ready to stain.
Step 2 – Cut Dowels for Book Ends
While designing this piece, I realized I needed to add something to keep the books from tipping off the ends of the shelves. I found these 3/4″ wooden dowels in packs of two pre-cut to 12″ lengths. I needed them a little bit shorter so I cut them down to 10″ each. Before you cut these, make sure that you measure the exact width of the opening they will fit into because they are held in just with wood glue and the pressure of the two boards they rest between. You’ll want them to have a little snug of a fit for this reason. Once they were cut, I gave mine a coat of black spray paint to mimic the industrial pipe look that has been trending recently.
Step 3 – Stain, Attach Shelves, and Enjoy!
Before attaching the shelves to the sides, I stained the pieces with Minwax wood stain in Jacobean. Once it was dry, I attached the shelves onto each shelf support with 2″ wood screws leaving 1.5″ of overhang.
After attaching the shelves, I added the painted dowels halfway between them. I did this by adding some wood glue to the ends and using a little force to get them into position. Once the glue is dry, these are strong enough to hold the weight of books leaning against them.
There it is, all done! I told you it was simple. I am so loving the way this rustic bookshelf turned out. Thanks for stopping by and checking out this post! If you want to be notified when I post these free plans, just scroll on up and enter your email into the subscription bar! You’ll be the first to know about them that way.