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Under-Window Bookcase
Under-Window Bookcase
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A bookcase is a terrific project for woodworkers of all abilities. Building a bookshelf employs many of the same techniques used when building cabinets, but adds a number of moldings that not only dress out the bookcase, it requires a level of precision that will greatly enhance the woodworker's skill level.

With these free woodworking plans, you'll build a bookshelf designed to fit under a window sill. You can make the bookcase out of any type of wood you choose, but the most popular will be to use oak or pine. The bookcase displayed in the pictures on the following pages was made using birch plywood with pine moldings.

Download the Free Woodworking Plans to build this bookcase (PDF).

Difficulty Level
  • Woodworking: Moderate
  • Finishing: Paint or stain optional

  • Time to Complete
  • 5-6 Hours

  • Recommended Tools
  • Miter Saw or Circular Saw
  • Table Saw or Radial Arm Saw with Dado Set
  • Band Saw or Jigsaw
  • Cordless or Corded Power Drill
  • Claw Hammer
  • Layout Square

  • Materials Needed
  • Two (2) 4x8 Sheet Sanded 3/4-inch Birch or Oak Plywood
  • One (1) 2x4 Sheet 1/4-inch Plywood
  • One (1) 1x4 8-feet long (Oak or Pine)
  • Two (2) 3/4" Cove Molding 8-feet long (Oak or Pine)
  • One (1) 3/4" Quarter Round Molding 8-feet long (Oak or Pine)
  • One (1) Screen Molding 8-feet long (Oak or Pine)
  • 1 inch Wood Screws
  • 4d Finish Nails
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Compass or 3" diameter Circle for marking
  • Woodworker's Glue
  • Stainable Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
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