Traditional Oak Bookcase

Combining classic details with simple construction, this project offers plenty of space for storage or display.

This bookcase has all the good looks of a quality piece of furniture, but we’ve simplified the construction to make it easier to build. Plinth blocks, dentil molding, and other details ensure that you'll get plenty of compliments. Because the case and shelves are all cut from plywood, you’ll be off to a running start. And there’s no complicated joinery, which makes the work go even faster. Pocket hole screws hold the case together and are used to assemble the face frame and back panel for a quick build. The shop-made trim is flush with the sides of the case, so additional bookcases will fit together to look like one unit when standing side-by-side.



What You Get:

  • 16 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
  • More than 70 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
  • Bonus technique for making your own moldings
  • Cutting diagram and materials list
  • Retail sources for project supplies

Product Recommendations

Bessey Bar Clamps

Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig

Flush Trim Saw

Drill & Impact Driver