Overview

exploded view of a ladder bookshelf
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
«»
Modify the height and width to vary your shelf space.

CUT LIST
Download a printable cut list here.

¾-inch poplar panel for shelf A: one @ 21 by 4¾ inches
¾-inch poplar panel for shelf B: one @ 21 by 6¾ inches
¾-inch poplar panel for shelf C: one @ 21 by 8¾ inches
¾-inch poplar panel for shelf D: one @ 21 by 10¾ inches
¾-inch poplar panel for shelf E: one @ 21 by 12¾ inches
1x3 poplar shelf backs: five @ 21 inches
1x3 poplar shelf sides: two @ 5½ inches, two @ 7½ inches,
two @ 9½ inches, two @ 11½ inches, two @ 13½ inches
1x3 poplar uprights: two @ 6 feet from point to point.
Cut the ends at parallel 10-degree angles.
1x3 poplar top cleats: two @ 3½ inches from point to point.
Cut the ends at parallel 10-degree angles.
1x3 poplar bottom cleats: two @ 8 inches from point to point.
Cut at parallel 10-degree angles.
1x3 poplar spacer cleats: eight @ 12 inches from point to point.
Cut at parallel 10-degree angles.
Ask TOH users about Storage

Contribute to This Story Below

    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • circular saw
      Circular saw for cutting the poplar panels
    • miter saw
      Miter saw for cutting the shelf pieces, cleats, and uprights
    • brad nailer
      Brad-nail gun and compressor
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • sandpaper
      Sandpaper
    • nonskid foam pads
      Nonskid foam pads

    Shopping List

    Carpenter's glue

    1 ¼-inch screws to attach shelves to uprights

    1 ¼-inch and 2-inch 18-gauge brad nails to attach shelf sides and backs

    Two ¾-by-20-by-29-inch poplar panels to make shelves Five 1x3x8 poplar boards to make the uprights, cleats, shelf sides, and backs

    Wood filler

    Paint