How To Make a 6-Foot Book Case

Do you have a large collection of books and need some serious storage space? Today we’ll show you how to make your own 6′ tall book case. Bookcases can be used to hold books, as well as pictures, decorative birdhouses, candles and anything else you would like to have on full display around the home.

Our children read quite a bit so our collection of books has grown over the years. We decided to build the following bookcase to accommodate a large amount of the books and series our kids continue to read.

Materials List

  • Pine board (Sides) 1 x 10 x 6’ – Quantity (2)

You can substitute the pine board with any species of wood (oak, maple, etc.) or with plywood.

Do not cut. These will be the sides

– makes 2 sides ¾ x 10 x 72”

  • Pine board (Front face bottom) 1 x 3 x 96 – Quantity (1)

– cut to 41”

– makes 2 bottoms ¾ x 2 ½ x 41

  • Pine board (Front face) 1 x 2 x 96 – Quantity (3)

– cut to 41”

– makes 6 front faces ¾ x 1.5 x 41

  • Pine board (Front and rear edge) 1 x 2 x 72 – Quantity (4)

Do not cut. These will be the front and rear edges

– makes 4 ¾ x 1.5 x 72

Pine board (Shelves) 1 x 10 x 96 – Quantity (4)

– cut to 41”

– makes 8 shelves ¾ x 9.5 x 41

  • Wood Glue

1-1/4″ Kreg screws (course for soft woods like pine, if you use a hardwood, get fine)

  • Brad Nails 2″ or finishing nails)


  • Kreg Jig
  • Chop Saw/Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Clamps
  • Nail gun (or hammer)
  • Yard Stick/Tape Measurer
  • Pencil

I hope you learned a few tips on how to make your very own
bookshelf/storage unit. You can purchase some plywood, about 1/4″ thick, and nail it 6 foot Book caseto the back of the bookcase. As you may imagine, the backing will stick out 1/4 inch by using this method. You can also use the techniques outlined above and change the dimensions to create your own unique size and design.

Another benefit of building these book cases is that you can decorate them with more than just books. We tend to change ours and decor with the season. So right now its fall and Christmas =)

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