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Woodworking DIY: Kentwood Bookcases

Here are the bookcases that we have been working on, for the office, in all their glory. I can claim 95% (ok 90%) of this build so let me say I really really love them, even more so now that I’m getting to finally put pretties in them (which will be a whole separate office makeover post later).

You can see the plans for this bookcase here if you would like to build your own. I love Ana and her plans. 🙂

We pretty much followed her plans to a t, minus a few tweaks here and there. If we had to do it over we probably would have went with the nail gun and glue 100% over using the Kreg Jig. We do love that little jig but don’t prefer to use it on some builds. This was one of them.

We used EverTrue plank paneling for the backs which was somewhat of a pain. You can buy it (@ Lowe’s) in packages of 6 planks and just hope you get something good in those packages. If you are going for perfect looking panels this is NOT for you. I, however, like the knotty look. 🙂 Also note that it will take 7 panels for one bookcase but the 8′ pieces will allow for your last panel to be pieced with leftovers. That is a-ok in my budget friendly book.

The stain used was Minwax English Chestnut.

I didn’t keep up with the exact total cost of this project but it was right around $120ish for both bookcases, which isn’t bad at all for solid wood.

Kristi Eller

Friday 15th of August 2014

I love these book cases. The place where you are supposed to be able to click on for the plans doesn't work. Any ideas or do you still have a copy? Thanks.

Melissa Coleman

Saturday 16th of August 2014

Rayana Botelho

Saturday 8th of March 2014

Love how these came out! great job :)

Melissa Coleman

Saturday 8th of March 2014

Thanks Rayana! :)

Infarrantly Creative

Saturday 15th of September 2012

Love em love em love em! Great job. I love the two toned stained you used!


Monday 17th of September 2012

Thanks hun! :)


Shelly Ann

Monday 6th of August 2012

Those are handsome book cases! I really like them.


Tuesday 15th of May 2012

This bookcase looks so good, I really like the panels that you used in the book, I like the look it gives the whole bookcase. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday! I hope to see you at the next party!


Tuesday 15th of May 2012

I like the way the backs turned out too. My hubby tried to talk me into just doing a straight wood but I stayed firm that it wasn't what I wanted, even if it was easier. haha!

I will definitely link up again.