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New Woodworking Plan: The Kirkland Bookcase

The spark needed to create a woodworking plan comes in various ways. My new plan, the Kirkland Bookcase, began with an email question about a related plan called the Kirkwood Bookcase. A reader asked a simple question which prompted me to critique one of the joints in Kirkwood. I felt the joint was effective, but concluded a different joint would be better. Instead of redesigning Kirkwood, I decided to create a new plan with a similar but different design. This was the spark which lead to the creation of the Kirkland.

Even though I have downloaded many books to my iPad, I still buy printed books. Books with a lot of photos and where photos are important like a woodworking book, I’ll buy in printed form. A legal thriller like John Grisham’s The Firm, I’ll download to my iPad. I’ve been disappointed in the past with the quality of photos in books which I have purchased in digital form. Currently in our home, we are out of space in several of the bookcases we own. For the book readers out there, I think this is a common problem, a problem the Kirkland bookcase could solve.

The Kirkland – a wide version of the Kirkwood.

Another reason I wanted to pursue this new woodworking plan is my Etsy shop needs more traditionally styled furniture projects. A goal of mine is to add more classic furniture styles and see if sales increase. I put the Kirkland bookcase in my Etsy shop yesterday and I already have one sale. When you consider I do zero to promote my Etsy shop, a quick sale like this is a good sign.

Like the Kirkwood, the new Kirkland is steeped in traditional design elements – bracket feet and tasteful moldings at the top. It has two banks of adjustable shelves and the back which is shown painted in a nice olive green could be less pronounced by simply staining it the same as the rest of the bookcase.

Dimensions are 51″ tall, 43″ wide and 13-1/2″ deep. The book storage area is roughly 40-1/2″ tall, 17-3/8″ wide and 11-1/8″ deep for each half of the case. The plan is 18 pages long and includes a cut list, five pages devoted to material cutting diagrams as well as a link to download the SketchUp file. In addition to the pine and paint version of the Kirkland, I have included a rendering of the bookcase in cherry as well. I try to make my woodworking plans as complete as possible.

Some images from the plan…

Page 2 – Main dimensions.
A must for all woodworking plans; the exploded view.
Page 6: Case construction underway.
Page 8: An additional exploded view of the base sub-assembly.
The bracket feet in profile.
Page 12: The top sub-assembly.
There are five pages devoted to part layout on boards.

The Kirkland bookcase plan is available for $14.99 at my Etsy shop (link here). It includes a 100% money back guarantee if you are not happy with it.

I am already at work on my next woodworking plan which I hope to have finalized within a couple of months.


  1. Wow… Very 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙝𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙫𝙚! This is a beautiful design 😍

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