Get your books organized with this DIY tabletop book rack. It’s simple to make with just three pieces of wood, four screws, and these easy to follow plans.
DIY Tabletop Book Rack
Are your books scattered across your desk? Get them organized with this DIY book rack.
This wooden book holder is a simple way to keep your books at your fingertips. The small size makes it a smart way to display books on your desk or anyplace you need to organize books.
It’s a quick, cheap, and easy project that’s great for beginners. It’s made with just a few common tools, some scrap wood, a few straight cuts, and a couple of screws.
In just a few minutes, you’ll have an attractive way to organize your books. And it makes a great gift for book lovers too.
Download the free plans and build one (or two) today!
You may also enjoy this Simple DIY Bookshelf.
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What Tools Do You Need to Make a Book Rack?
This small book rack is a quick afternoon project that can be made using basic woodworking skills and just a few common woodworking tools.
Related: 10 Must-Have Woodworking Tools for Beginners
We only need three common tools to build this project. Tools like a miter saw, pocket hole jig, and a drill.
I used a miter saw to cut the parts for my project but you could also use an inexpensive miter box instead.Back to Table of Contents
What Wood Should You Use?
This book holder can be made with just about any type of wood. This project doesn’t require much wood so it’s a great way to use up some scrap wood.
Many times I use common pine to build my projects. Pine is inexpensive and easy to work with.
I had some pieces of mahogany in my scrap wood pile so I decided to use it for this project.
If I didn’t have any scrap wood, I would have purchased some pine 1×2s and 1×6s at my local home improvement store.
Related: Beginner’s Guide to Wood SizesBack to Table of Contents
How Do You Finish the Book Rack?
This wooden book stand could be finished in a variety of ways. It could be left natural, painted, or stained.
For my project, I left the wood natural and applied three coats of this polyurethane alternative.
This natural polyurethane alternative is made from whey. Whey is a byproduct of cheesemaking.
I recently made the switch to this polyurethane because it’s low odor, isn’t combustible, and is easy to apply. I also used it on the table top for this simple DIY desk and the finished product looks amazing.Back to Table of Contents
DIY Tabletop Book Rack
- Click here to download the FREE plan (includes detailed instructions, measurements, and bonus tips)
Step 1. Make the Side
Cut 1 piece of wood to length for the side. Use the diagram in the printed plan to drill 2 pocket holes in one end.
Step 2. Attach the Bottom
Cut 1 piece of wood to length for the bottom.
The side sets in from the end of the bottom. I used a few scrap pieces of MDF to help position the side.
I placed the MDF on my workbench. I applied glue to the end of the side and placed it on top of the MDF. Then I positioned the bottom, clamped it to the side, and attached using pocket screws.
I made my book rack with mahogany. Mahogany is a hardwood. Hardwoods need to be joined with fine-thread pocket screws. Using coarse-thread pocket screws with hardwoods could crack the wood.
Step 3. Attach the Foot
Cut 1 piece of wood to length for the foot. Use the diagram in the printed plan to drill countersink holes in each end.
Countersink holes will allow the screws to sit below the surface of the wood. This is important because exposed screws could scratch table tops.
Apply glue to the foot and position on the bottom. Again, I used a scrap piece of MDF to help position the foot from the end of the bottom. Center the foot from side to side, clamp to the bottom and attach using wood screws.
Step 4. Finish the Book Rack
See How Do You Finish the Book Rack? for more information.
Are your books scattered across your desk? Get them organized with this DIY book rack. It’s an easy project and an attractive way to display books.
Click here to download the free plan (including the detailed instructions and measurements) now!
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