Getting Started Making Shelves

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Beginner Bookcase Plan

Hope you enjoy the recently added, exploded view of just one of the various sets of shelf plans and other projects we have available for the woodworker. As large as the internet has become, is amazing it is so hard to find a good selection of wood working plans, especially for shelves. One of the reasons we started Shelf Plans, the web site, was to add to the choices available.

Whenever a woodworking project is contemplated and when plans are necessary, those plans should contain not only how the parts are assembled, but also, the tools needed as well as the type(s) of wood best suited for the project.

You will find as an amateur or a professional the quality of the shelf plans you use will be a determining factor in the outcome of your shelf making project.  Your shelf plans should include a fair amount of additional information, but if they don’t you will find sites like ours that will be able to fill in the gaps.  Additionally, on the internet there are woodworking community forums and chat rooms where you can also supplement your knowledge.

What should you expect to find in quality shelf plans?  Obviously, the step-by-step process you go through to complete the assembly of the parts is foremost.  However, before you buy and plans, be sure to verify that the tools required to complete the projects are listed as well as recommendations as to the type of wood best suited for the shelves.

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Classic Bookcase Plans – Great for Beginning Shelf Plans

Hardwood Bookshelf Plan

This simple bookshelf plan will make your first furniture project an object of real pride.  For this project, you will choose the wood of your choice, cherry for something darker or maybe a light oak for a lighter wood.  This bookcase will be all wood and nothing less.

You may find cherry to be the easier wood to work with and to stain, but the oak will serve you well too.  Generally is easiest for the finest finish to cut all of your bookcase pieces, and to stain them before assembly.   This would include all router work and scroll work as well as  any screw holes you might need at the joints.  Do counter-sink the screw holes, then either plug or putty over the screw heads later and carefully stain the plug or the putty.

As to the tools you’ll find most useful, they would be a power drill, a circular saw with a sharp blade, a router, and a scroll saw.  In the absence of a scroll saw, this project can be done with a jig saw or a good hand saw and a coping saw.

The curves will require this and looking closely you’ll see the tops of both side pieces, and the decorative support across the front all have curves.  In addition, you’ll also note the support across the front at the bottom also has a curved and decorative look.

To complete the tools and supplies you’ll also need wood screws, sand paper, wood glue, stain, brushes, and mineral spirits.  Oh, one more major detail will be getting your plans.  Take a moment and learn more by following this link, shelf plans.

Have the confidence to dive into, what will be a great project, but only with quality shelf plans that will guide you completely, step-by-step, including lists of exactly what you will need to build the design you choose.

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