Rustic Wood Bookshelves

4 Materials
6 Hours

Check out this tutorial for a unique DIY bookshelf that is an absolute stunner. This half-lap joint constructed shelf requires no hardware, but is as sturdy as they come. Made from heavy duty reclaimed lumber, it stands out with it's rustic farmhouse charm. Check out the video for the full tutorial

Check out the video for the full tutorial!

Cut notches in your posts with a circular saw. Cut all the posts at once to keep your notches perfectly lined up so that your shelf can be easily slipped into place. These notches should be half the depth of your post.

Notch out your shelves as well. I used a sawzall, but a jigsaw would also work. These notches should also be half the depth of your post and the width of the post.

Be sure to secure your posts to the wall. Ideally you will secure the posts into a wall stud, but a heavy duty anchor could do the trick as well.

Slide your shelves into place. You will likely need a rubber mallet or hammer to help you drive the shelves into the snug notches.

Finish your rustic shelves with your favorite polyurethane. I used a water based satin finish poly that will protect from moisture but not darken the wood much.

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  • Mo Mo on Dec 22, 2020

    On the materials list, 4x4's are listed but you used 6x6's. Where did you reclaim them from? I'd like to know so I can start looking for wood similar in size. Also, would it be OK to seal them before assembly? Thank you.

  • Delores Newton-Kerlin Delores Newton-Kerlin on Feb 25, 2021

    Why not stop all the criticism. It’s beautiful and suits her needs. If you don’t like it, don’t make it.

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