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It Always Begins With Shelf Plans

Where Does the DIY Builder Go for Shelf Plans?

Every do-it-yourselfer learns in different ways and has different approaches to their work.  No one is the same, but DIYers typically love to depend on themselves to create and repair whatever they need around the house or yard.  One of the most common projects, and perhaps one of the easiest for beginners to start with, is bookshelves.  So, where do you find great shelf plans?

That depends on how you learn.  Some of us like to have written directions, supplemented by visual diagrams and illustrations.  Others like to have a teacher, showing them how to do each step of the project.  Still others like to sketch out their designs and try to map out the plans themselves.  If you are just beginning, there are a host of helpful resources that you can rely on.

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It Ends With A Beautiful Result

One great one is the video series we’ve put together from our sources on Youtube.  This series begins with  video tutorials on how to build a set of upright bookshelves.  You will find a series of videos we’ve put together to help even the newest beginner feel comfortable with building a project similar to the one pictured below.

You can also do a quick Google search and find endless sites that can help.  Not all of these are equal, and some provide shelf plans that are less detailed, thorough, or precise.  Weed these out and find sites that can help you make the pictures in your head a reality in your home.

In the first three videos below, you’ll see how it all begins with just a sketch or a set of plans.  It always begins this way, and this step 1 is the most important of all.  Your plans will help you estimate the cost of your project, and will guide you, step-by-step along the way.  The last video is about choosing the right materials for the job.  After these first steps, you are ready to work on your project.


If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video series must be worth its weight in gold.  We hope you find them helpful.

Designing Upright Bookshelves

Estimating the Materials

Choosing the Building Materials


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Intricately Carved Vase Shelf

West Virginia Business Built on Hard Work and Good Plans


Beth and David Rheuark are living proof of how great plans can come to fruition.  This West Virginia couple turned shelf plans and other wood working projects into a thriving local business.  Like the best book shelves, this couple is sturdy, reliable, and strong.

The Rhuearks’s shop, Hillbilly Woodworks, features handmade cedar chests, decorative shelves, benches, custom cabinets, and much more.  Owning a retail shop had been a longtime dream of the couple.

Wood Profits BannerThey made it a reality when David returned from a military hospital after suffering an injury in the second Gulf War.  A veteran of both wars, David, and his wife, Beth, decided that there was no time like the present to start working on their goal.

Just like you would follow a set of well-drafted shelf plans, Beth and David followed their plans, which included fixing up a dilapidated old building and turning it into a shop worthy of their great handiwork.  When they first saw the location, Beth thought it was a little beyond help, but David was able to see the end product, as well as each step in the process to help it become what they wanted.  With as much care and attention as they put into each of their decorative shelves, cabinets, and chests, the Rhuearks transformed this rundown store into a beautiful shop.

The meticulous attention to detail and passion that the best woodworkers bring to their craft is exactly the qualities that helped David and Beth achieve a lifelong dream.  The lesson for all of us?  Whether our goal is to build a gorgeous set of decorative shelves or to scale Mount Everest, we have to start with a good set of plans.  From there, we can make anything possible if we go step by step and keep working.

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Lattice Sound Equipment Center

From Yesteryear – Really “Cool” Shelf Plans

When I saw this little set of shelf plans, I was excited because it is not only simple to build, but when finished, it is quite an accent piece for an informal living area, the college dorm, or a teen’s bedroom.  This picture is a bit nostalgic for me because I haven’t seen a phonograph turntable in a long time, but we’re still putting sound equipment up on shelves .  Sound equipment modules are still just about the size, only today they play CDs, DVDs, and Digital Music files from a memory card.

Here’s what you’ll need to complete this simple woodworking project.   Buy one 4’ X 8’ sheet of half-inch plywood which you will later cut into the shelving pieces.  Other lumber you’ll be required to get will be 2,  8 foot 2 X 4’s, one 8 foot 1 X 3 board, and a 1 x 1 inch board to use as corner braces for each shelf.  You’ll also need 1/8-inch steel cable, crimp bands (4 for each shelf), wood veneer tape, and either contact cement or would putty and your choice of wood finish.

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Simple Shelf Plans For Stereo Equipment

As you can see from the picture, this is a really attractive designer type shelf with a very functional use. Your ultimate success with this particular project is really due to just a few things. Actually these are the basic things which generally make a big difference in every woodworking project you ever build. It is very important to choose the best wood you can find when making your purchase.  Be sure to look closely at your lumber to make sure it is straight and that the wood itself is clean and clear.

After you are satisfied you’ve chosen the finest wood available, the most important job you will have is to ensure each of your lattice pieces are cut exactly the same length.   Then, as you attach the lattice pieces, be sure the space between each lattice never varies.   Finally, enhance the beauty of your wood with a light finish or whatever accent color of paint you would want to use.   Each room’s décor is different, but when done correctly, this unique shelf is a stunning accent piece.

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