I am so excited to share the third and final part of my DIY Desk System with you guys today.  I shared the desk HERE, and the side tables which double as nightstands HERE.  Time for the third!  Check out the DIY Bookcases I added!

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I love my desk.  That’s all.

This may be the most simple bookcase yet.  It’s great too, because you can put it on top of different pieces making it very versatile.  You can also use it by itself if you are working with a shorter space.

As always, I will walk you through the entire build here, and you can also download and print the FREE woodworking plans by clicking here or the button below.  Thanks so much to Jay of Jay’s Custom Creations for putting all of our original ideas into printable plans for our readers…  He’s awesome.  Check him out!

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These bookcases use 1×12 for all of the shelves.  I chose to use whitewood for mine, but you can also use select pine or any other type you want.  I like the cost of the whitewood the best, but it can be a booger to find a straight one at the hardware store.  It’s worth it to dig though!  And, I love how rustic it stains.  Love all those knots.

I used my Ridgid Miter Saw to make all of these cuts.  Both Ash and I use a 12″ sliding compound miter saw.

DIY Workbench with Miter Saw Station

We get lots of questions about whether to go with a 10″ or 12″ saw.  We really should write a post on the differences of all of them, but this is the basic gist….

The bigger the blade, the longer the cut.  The sliding mechanism is SUPER handy, and I would say that if you are serious about building some furniture, go ahead and get a sliding saw.  Mine will do almost 30″ when you flip the board after one sliding cut.  That is super helpful when working with long boards like these 1×12 or even larger ones.

Ryobi just came out with an awesome 10″ sliding saw.  You can see it HERE.   This saw will build nearly every plan on our site, and the price point is awesome.  Perfect Christmas gift! 😉

After making all of my shelf piece cuts, I used a pencil and tape measure to mark off where each of the shelf pieces would line up.

Measure wood for bookcase

I used a line of Gorilla Wood Glue one the side 1×3 pieces before attaching them.

Glue for bookcase

I used my Ryobi AirStrike 16G Finish Nailer with 1.25″ nails to attach the side pieces into the shelf pieces.

Ryobi Finish Nailer

Here is my first piece connected and ready to go…

How to build a bookcase

I did the same thing with the remaining 3 side pieces.

Attach side of bookcase

Side of bookcase

Once I finished that, I cut the back piece and attached them using wood glue and the same size nails.  I made sure to attach these pieces into the back of the shelf pieces.

Back of bookcase

Nail back of bookcase

My final step was planking the top.  I made all of the cuts, and then used wood glue and 1.25″ nails to attach the top planks.

glue top of bookcase

Attach top of bookcase

Planked top of bookcase

DONE.  See… Told you it was easy!

I stained mine before moving them into my bedroom.  I went with the same awesome stain combo as the rest of the desk system.

I used one of my new fav stain combos for the finish!  I started by staining the whole thing with Varathane wood stain in Weathered Grey.  You can find this at Home Depot!  It only requires one coat and dries in an hour… Yes please!

Weathered Gray Wood Stain

I wanted mine to look a bit more distressed, so I used Rust-Oleum decorative glaze on top of the stain once it dried.  You just brush this stuff on and then wipe the excess off.  Work on one side at a time as it does dry pretty quickly.  You can also find this at Home Depot.

Rustoleum Decorative Glaze

That’s it!  I set it all up and I was finished.  I did decide to attach mine to the actual side tables.  I did this by using 2″ wood screws from inside the top of the cabinet and into the base of the bookcase.  I didn’t glue because I want to be able to take these apart and move them if needed.

Here she is all set up… My desk fit for a queen ;-)…

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Hope you love it as much as I do!

Thanks so much for stopping by guys!  I would LOVE for you to share this and PIN it with your friends!

Let me know if you have any questions at all 🙂


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  1. I’m looking for the matching tall bookcase, floor to ceiling-ish, and now can’t find it on the website. I’d love to have the plans for that! Can you send it to me or put it back on your website?

  2. Love this desk system!! Built one for my daughter, it’s now going to be mine and we’re going to scale down the plans to make her one a little more her size.. Thabks again ladies !

  3. Do you have a list of decor and where you bought it? I am really curious about the lamp, push pin wall mount, and desk filing rack!! Thank you!!!

  4. The link for the desk isn’t working. It’s sending me to the nightstand link. Can you please send the link, Thanks!

  5. May I ask where you got the chair? I just made this desk and I’m really wanting that mix of rustic and industrial! 🙂 Thank you so much! Also…. will glazing the desk make it less blue? hehe!

  6. I would love to make these for above our nightstands. Is there a way I can mount these to the wall so all the weight doesn’t sit on the nightstands? They have drawers and I’m worried that the downward pressure would make it difficult to open the bottom drawer. Thanks!

  7. How blue is the stain, I wonder? The weathered grey type stains I’ve gotten in the past end up having a sky blue tint rather than gray.

  8. Does anyone know where you can buy the Weathered Grey stain in Canada, I haven’t been able to find it anywhere.

    1. I have only been able to find Classic Grey Minwax and even then it’s hard to find. I got mine here in Quebec at BMR (local chain of hardware stores) but I saw it also at Rona.

  9. Now this looks like a super-easy project. I’ve been wanting to put shelving in a couple rooms and I think these would work perfect. Thanks for this!

  10. I love love love love this!!! It’s perfect!! The amount of storage is perfect!! How much do you think this whole project cost?

    1. The most expensive part has been the plywood for us… that stuff is SUPER expensive unfortunately.

    2. The most expensive part has been the plywood for us… that stuff is SUPER expensive unfortunately. You only use plywood for the cabinets under the shelves, but it put this project over 100$!