Such was the case for us. The books were getting out of hand; and yet the girls loved to read… which is a good problem, right? Insert super organized mommy and VOILA, solution!
Beth asked If there was a way that I could make a bookshelf easily allowing the girls to have access to them, both to get and put AWAY. She had found this inspiration on Pinterest, but didn’t love the $150 pricetag. So we decided to build it together!
I got to it and started going to town on the drawing board. This is what I came up with.
Home Depot Material List:
I ripped everything down to 2”
Then cut the legs out of the 1X4” down to 22” (Qty 4)
Mark the center and 1” out from both sides of the centerline. This will be your cross lap joint.
Then cut the ends at a 45* angle and round the corners. I used a belt sand, but you could use a scroll saw.
Using a dado blade or router, dado the marked center section of the legs to a depth of 3/8”.
Test fit the cross lap joint. The legs should be flush with each other. Glue and clamp.
While the glue is setting, cut two 1/2” boards to 16” for your braces.
Trace the outline of the legs onto the brace. Then measure down 1/2” in the center and draw a straight line to create the recessed area.
Glue and clamp the braces to the legs.
Cut (qty 6) 1/2” boards to a length of 24”
Glue and nail the shelf boards to the legs keeping a 1/2” spacing between each board and the bottom corner; joining the legs.
Then paint, stain, or leave bare! The wife went with a minty green color.
The beautiful part about this project is watching your sweet offspring organize their books and clean the house, even if it is short lived…
I hope these plans are useful to you! This build has certainly been useful to us and our family! If you decide to do a project using one of our plans or tutorials, be sure to tag us or email us pictures! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!