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Jul 26, 2013, 05:30 PM
Online plans for bookcases, cabinetry?
Hi all, I thought I would turn my efforts to building some bookcases and shelving for dvd's. Anyone know of good online sites that offer downloadable plans? Thanks for your time.
Jul 26, 2013, 06:28 PM
Depends on how sophisticated you want your bookcases to be and whether you want free plans or are willing to pay to download them.

If you want something elaborate and decorative like Arts & Crafts bookcases, do a Google search for those plans. If you want something more simple and straightforward, try searching for simple bookcases. Add "free plans" to the search or you'll get a lot of links to books or plans for sale.

I've always thought that Wood Magazine has some excellent plans, but they're too complicated for me. Fine Woodworking is another magazine with sometimes sophisticated plans.

E.g., here's a simple bookcase for which you probably wouldn't even need plans:

Here's a more complicated one:

Several different styles:

Popular Woodworking used to have fairly straight forward plans.

If you want to get really, really, really elaborate and add high end decorative inserts like marquetry or intarsia to your bookcases, check out Creative Woodworking and Crafts for various patterns of small objects - you could incorporate the designs from these plans into a bookcase plan.

This message has been edited. Last edited by: GardenSprite,
Aug 03, 2013, 06:57 PM
Thanks much for the ideas and links.
Aug 10, 2013, 04:00 AM
Sep 12, 2013, 07:54 AM
Hi Orion, you can buy some diy woodworking books on amazon or search for full woodworking plans that give step-by-step instructions. They will help you easily follow the steps.
Check out this site:

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Sep 12, 2013, 03:28 PM
I didn't think about Amazon. Also, thanks for the link.
Sep 15, 2013, 09:21 AM
MO Mark
Maybe I'm too late on this, but what ever plans you use, double check them for accuracy. My experience is, their measurements aren't correct. Plan for waste.
Sep 15, 2013, 11:16 AM
MO Mark
I'm sorry, what I meant to say is sometimes a measurement may be incorrect.
Sep 15, 2013, 12:29 PM
You're right. The plan I picked out had two places where the diagram was wrong as far as where to place a dado. Luckily, with one I realized it before I cut, and the other one was a small piece that I just recut.
Sep 16, 2013, 07:29 AM
Ok, I agree that sometimes plans make you confused with their incorrect measurement.But atleast we can get basic directions and they provide many designs. For beginning woodworkers, I think plans are very helful for their first projects.
If you don't like plans, you could join some more woodworking forums like this one, or search step-by-step instructions on youtube. HaveFun.
Sep 16, 2013, 09:15 AM
MO Mark
I just meant that as a warning. I wish I'd would have a place to bounce questions off of when I started working with wood 30 years ago. I have found Fine Woodworking to be an excellent. I'm going to try to get back into it. Thanks.
Sep 17, 2013, 06:30 PM
Orion, This also happens in nonwoodworking patterns, particularly in needlework. The commercial patterns from the major pattern houses are generally correct, but often very confusing. Patterns posted online and sometimes in magazines can contain minor to major errors.

I think the errors in patterns crosses boundaries of various crafts enjoyed by both men and women.

MO Mark, I think years ago woodworking clubs served to interpret problematic and/or inaccurate patterns; now it's woodworking forum(s) online, although woodworking clubs are still active.

Perhaps you can find a local woodworking club to share your interest.