6 Cube Bookshelf

6 cube bookshelf. So a little over a month ago my sister-in-law, Allison, and brother-in-law, Anthony, had their first child – Joshua Anthony Santorelli. Which makes Lauren and I first-time Aunt and Uncle! We look forward to spoiling him and seeing him grow up over the coming years! When we found out that Allison was pregnant, I immediately offered to make something for the baby room. Eventually, she settled on a bookshelf as she got a ton of kids books for Joshua. Of course I immediately went to Ana White’s site and found a 6 cube bookshelf which was exactly the type she was looking for.

I ended up customizing it slightly by not having it raised off the ground. It turned out great and really couldn’t have been easier to put together. While I’ve made plenty of furniture for our house, I hadn’t actually made a piece of furniture for someone else so it really meant something to me that I could make a piece that they’ll use for years to come! So if you’re looking for something similar to this 6 cube bookshelf, just let me know!

6 Cube Bookshelf Shopping List

  • (1) 1″ x 12″ x 8′ pine
  • (1) 1″ x 12″ x 6′ pine
  • (2) 1″ x 2″ x 8′ pine
  • (1) 48″ x 32″ white true bead wainscot panel
  • 2″ screws
  • 1 1/4″ pocket-hole screws
  • 1 1/4″ finish nails
  • 2″ finish nails
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • White paint


  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Kreg jig
  • Hand sander and sandpaper
  • Hammer or brad nailer

Cut List

  • (1) – 1″ x 12″ @ 40 1/2″
  • (2) – 1″ x 12″ @ 26 3/4″
  • (2) – 1″ x 12″ @ 39″
  • (4) – 1″ x 12″ @ 12 1/4″
  • (2) – 1″ x 2″ @ 27 1/2″
  • (3) – 1″ x 2″ @ 37 1/2″
  • (1) white true bead wainscot panel @ 40 1/2″ x 27 1/2

As I said above the main difference from Ana White’s plans is I didn’t make the legs long. I made them the same length as the side panels plus the top. I also didn’t put trim on the back and just put the wainscot panel.

Step 1: After making all of the cuts and sanding, I drilled pocket-holes with my Kreg jig.

Step 2: Next I attached the top and the separators for the first shelf using a combination of pocket-hole screws and countersunk screws.

Step 3: After attaching the top, I finished attaching the bottom shelf and separators, leaving 3/4″ space on the bottom so trim covered it up.

Step 4: Next I glued and nailed the trim along the sides.

Step 5: I then attached the wainscot panel to the back using glues and nails.

Step 6: I painted the entire bookshelf with primer, including the wainscot panel. I then painted it white, which took 2 coats to be completely covered.

Step 7: We then brought it to its new home and set up the books to be used when Joshua came home!

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