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Free Woodworking Plan: A Large Painted Bookcase

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If you are looking for an easy way to build a large, stylish bookcase, this woodworking plan might be perfect for you. The concept behind the design for this bookcase was to combine simple construction methods, some visually interesting design elements along with basic materials. The bookcase is made from poplar, birch plywood, MDF and pine moldings. Because the bookcase was painted, I could mix in these various materials based on their best use – example: 1/2 inch thick MDF for the simulated side panels and pine stop molding to trim out these panels.

I utilized dado and rabbet joinery to form the separate upper and lower cases. Pocket screws and glue were used to create the face frames. Otherwise, most of the joinery was accomplished with a brad nailer and glue; pretty simple.

Here is a preview of the woodworking plan showing just a few pages…

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  • The bookcase measures seven feet tall by five feet wide and is 13 1/2 inches deep.
  • The plan contains 13 pages with multiple exploded views and illustrations.
  • There is a full cut list.

Download this plan FOR FREE!

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Click here to download You Can Build the Scott Bookcase

I have triple checked the plan for accuracy. Be sure to fully understand the construction process prior to building your bookcase. If you have any questions about the construction process, send me a message by using the form on my About/Contact page. Also, you can see actual photos of the construction process by clicking here.


  1. Nice Work Jeff !

    Your plans are very clear and well drawn. Thanks very much for sharing !


  2. Jim Kovach says

    I am attempting to enlarge your dimensions so that a computer printer can be put on the top of the lower case. I want to make the top case shelves 11″ deep and the lower case 18″-20″ deep. What do you think? Also, in order for the overall size to look balanced, the overall width will be 48″ wide and 84″ tall.

    • Jim, I think your changes will be fine. I would like to see your finished bookcase, so please email me a photo of it and I’ll be happy to feature it on my blog.

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