How to Build a Leaning Ladder Bookcase | House One

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Looking to add an element of design to your living room or entryway? A leaning ladder bookcase can easily be built for a third of the price you’d pay to buy one at the store. Follow these easy steps to learn how to DIY a ladder shelf.

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Cost: $55
Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Tools:
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Drill driver [https://amzn.to/2UYO6Kd]
Pocket hole jig [https://amzn.to/30S24Bi]
Tape measure [https://amzn.to/3hBVbtM]
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Level [https://amzn.to/2AFplMh]
Circular saw [https://amzn.to/3hHw9tm]
Random orbital sander [https://amzn.to/2Cfaecx]
Clothes iron (optional, to apply edge banding) [https://amzn.to/2NbzPFu]

Shopping List:
(5) 1 x 2 x 8’ boards [https://thd.co/2Z1i6X9]
(2) 1 x 4 x 6’ boards [https://thd.co/2ZNxGrc]
(1) ¾” x 2’ x 4’ plywood project panel [https://thd.co/2NbVwFr]
1 ¼” Pocket hole screws [https://amzn.to/2YR5662]
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Medium grit sandpaper [https://amzn.to/2Yc509Y]
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Cut List:
• 1 x 2 back leg – 2 @ 70 7/8”
• 1 x 2 front leg – 2 @ 72 (Miter ends at parallel 9 degree angles)
• 1 x 2 top of leg – 2 @ 2 ½” (Miter one end at 9 degrees)
• ¾” plywood shelf – 1 @ 24”W x 14”D
• ¾” plywood shelf – 1 @ 24”W x 11 ¾”D
• ¾” plywood shelf – 1 @ 24”W x 9 ½”D
• ¾” plywood shelf – 1 @ 24”W x 7 ¼”D
• ¾” plywood shelf – 1 @ 24”W x 5 ¼”D
• 1 x 4 supports – 5 @ 24”
• 1 x 2 sides – 2 @ 3 5/8”
• 1 x 2 sides – 2 @ 5 7/8”
• 1 x 2 sides – 2 @ 8”
• 1 x 2 sides – 2 @ 10 ¼”
• 1 x 2 sides – 2 @ 12 ½”

A ladder bookcase is a great addition to any room. Best of all, you can easily build your own for a third of the price you’d pay at the store.

Steps for Building a DIY Leaning Ladder Bookcase
1. Cut the 1 x 2 Parts to Size
2. Prep a Top and Bottom Crosspiece
3. Mark the Height of the Shelves
4. Install the Top and bottom Crosspieces between Two Legs
5. Check that the Side Sets Level
6. Size the Remaining Crosspieces
7. Drill Pocket Holes in the Crosspieces
8. Install the Crosspieces
9. Join the Sides with the 1×4 Boards

With the sides complete, it’s time to join them by attaching 1×4 boards between the sides at the height of each shelf. First cut the 1 x 4 boards to length at 24 inches.

Drill two pilot holes in each end of each board. Apply glue to one end of each board, and then secure it to back leg of the first assembled side—aligned with the shelf heights, and with the pocket holes facing the back.

Once all the boards are attached to the first side, align the boards with the second side of the ladder shelf, and attach them with glue and screws.
10. Size the Plywood Shelves
11. Drill Pocket Holes in the Shelves
12. Attach the Shelves
13. Finish the Front Edge of the Shelves
14. Sand and Finish the Assembly

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