Today I’m sharing the plans for the bookshelf base that flanks the window seat bench in Robin’s playroom. These base cabinets can stand alone. Or you can top them with a Bookshelf. If you’re interested in seeing this collection being built, read all of Robin’s Sawdust Diaries here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 and the Reveal.
Robin Collection Bookshelf Base
- 3/4″ plywood
- 1 3/4″ wood screws
- 1×2 and 1×3 Poplar
- 1 1/4″ pocket screws
Step 1 – Build Base
- Use wood screws to build base.
- The face frame will leave room to add 1/4″ side panel which will hide screws
Step 2 – add back cleat (plywood)
- Use pocket hole screws on back to attach
Step 3 — Attach back
- Square up and staple, nail or screw through back into sides, cleats and bottom shelf.
Step 4: Faceframe Option 1
- Option 1 takes face frame all the way to the floor so you can take your baseboard over it. Adjust bottom shelf and bottom face frame rail so they are above your baseboard.
- Build and attach with pocket hole screws
Step 4: Faceframe Option 2
- Option 2 is allows for a kick plate which could house a vent if you happen to have one in the location where this bookshelf will sit.
- Use pocket hole screws to build and attach
Step 5: Attach side panel, top and moulding
- If the bookshelf sits against a wall, cover the visible side with a 1/4″ panel and butt the moulding against the wall.
- If using a cove moulding or another moulding under the top, you’ll want to pick out that moulding before cutting your top piece. You’ll want to make sure the top is cut large enough to cover the top surface of your specific moulding.
- Choose a top: if using plywood, you’ll want to cover the edge of the plywood with a 3/4″ thick moulding. If using MDF the edge can look good painted if you sand well.
Step 6: Door
- Use Door Building Tutorial to build door to these dimensions
Refer to posts in Cabinet Making 101 for building tips and tricks. You can also see all of Robin’s Sawdust Diaries to see how her project turned out.
Get the other free plans for the “Robin Collection” built-ins here:
And check out all my other free woodworking plans.
Lori Ann says
I love this whole thing I so need to make this for my office. Thank you for sharing.
James White says
What are the dimensions for the base top and what kind of wood is it (it looks different from the plywood)? That’s not covered in the plan. Looks great and I hope mine comes out looking as good.
James you’ll have to size your top piece depending on what kind of moulding you choose (if any) to use under the top. You can use MDF or plywood for the top. If plywood you’ll probably want to cover edges with moulding.
Bruce Petty says
Do you “BUILD” these? And if Sooo… How do I get a quote?
I want a quote JUST LIKE the pic… I can provide measurements…
No I don’t currently build custom built-ins for others. I just provide tutorials and plans so others’ can build their own.