It’s already Monday again? You’re kidding. Is it just me, or are the weeks just flying by? I don’t know about you, but I’m making the most of these summer days before Michigan winter hits. Well, except for when it’s 95° outside. You can find me in my cool basement-workshop on those days – just like I was this past weekend. As a product of the very hot, very humid weekend here in the Mitten State, I’ve created this DIY rustic bookshelf!
Below you’ll find all the steps that I took to build this bookshelf. If you decide to make one for yourself, please let me know! I’d love to see how it turns out.
- Miter Saw
- Power Drill
- Kreg Jig Mini
- Hand Sander
- Eye Protection
- (4) 1 x 10 x 96″ Pine Boards
- 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 2″ Corner Brackets – Set of 4
- Spray Paint
- 80 & 220 Grit Sand Paper
- Wood Stain
Step 1 – Measure & Cut
This bookshelf requires a total of 7 pieces. Seriously, that’s it. You can see in the image above the sizes and amounts of each cut that is required from the 1 x 10″ boards. After cutting the boards, I thoroughly sanded each with 80 and then 220 grit sand paper to achieve a smooth finish.
Step 2 – Assemble Frame
This bookshelf is assembled using pocket hole joinery, which I implemented using my Kreg Jig Mini. Following the instructions that came with this product, I drilled two pocket holes into one end of each 40″ board.
I then attached the 36″ board with wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket screws through the holes in the 40″ board. The image above shows the top and sides of the book shelf assembled.
I drilled two pocket holes into each end of both 34.5″ boards which will be used as the full-length horizontal shelves. I attached one of these 34.5″ boards 2″ from the bottom of each side board. This completes the outer frame of the bookshelf.
Step 3 – Assemble Inner Shelves
The photo above shows the shelves in full detail. Before assembling these, I drilled one pocket hole into each end of all the remaining boards. I attached the 20″ board vertically in the center of the bottom shelf with a line of wood glue and one 1 1/4″ pocket screw. I then attached the second 34.5″ shelf at 20″ from the bottom shelf, perpendicular to the center divider. The 17″ shelves are attached in the same fashion as the others with one being 7″ from the bottom shelf and the other 7″ from the middle shelf.
Step 4 – Stain & Attach Brackets
For this project, I used two coats of Minwax PolyShades stain in “Mission Oak” which stains and seals the piece. I sprayed the metal corner brackets with black spray paint and attached them to the four corners of the shelves to give this bookshelf a more rustic look.
My favorite things about this piece are the rich wood tones and how well they pair with industrial metal corner brackets. This beauty is now in its new home and ready for some more books! Do any of you have good reads you’d suggest I pick up? I’m always on the look-out for new books so I welcome your favorites.
Have thoughts, feedback, or a DIY idea I should try? Leave them in the comments below! If you’d like to stay up to date with what I’m creating here at From Dust to Glory, scroll on up to the subscribe bar and enter your email address. I hope to see you again next week!