How to Build a Ladder Bookcase
This handsome and unusual bookcase leans against a wall like a ladder. Each shelf is deeper than the one above, providing a place for books or items of all sizes.
While the bookcase has a beautiful handcrafted look, it is actually simple to construct. Consider building more than one bookcase; once you set up for each step, it takes little time to repeat the step. And this bookcase makes a terrific gift.
Material and finish
This bookcase is crafted of oak, which is readily available at home centers. You can use any hardwood you like, such as cherry, walnut, or ash. If you want to stain the bookcase, maple or poplar are two woods that take stain evenly. The bookcase is finished with wipe-on polyurethane that's easy to apply and allows the beauty of the wood to shine through.
An afternoon or evening to build plus an hour to finish
Hammer, nail set, bar clamps, tablesaw or circular saw with rip guide, power mitersaw or circular saw with crosscutting jig, electric drill/driver with stop, 1/8-inch bit and 1/2-inch spade bit, jigsaw, tape measure, compass, sander
Sawing, gluing, clamping
Prepare a work area
- Extra Storage Space to Your Home
- Choosing the Right Tool for Your Built-in Project
- Choosing Shelving Materials & Hardware
- Mastering Basic Woodworking & Carpentry Skills
- Joinery: Assembling Your Project's Wooden Parts & Subassemblies
- How to Finish Wood
- Easy Shelf Projects That Look Great
- Add Extra Storage Space to Your Home