The Little Free Library web site has good tips and plans for builders and I used those as a starting point. Mine is a little larger and has these design characteristics:
- Looks like a Vermont covered bridge
- Uses recycled materials where available
- Accommodates tall books
- Has a shelf above the books to store papers
- All joints are glued and screwed
- Half sheet of 5/8" exterior plywood for walls, floor, and roof
- Recycled pine for trim, shelf, and braces
- Recycled asphalt shingles
- Recycled aluminum flashing
- Recycled mirror frame for door
- Hinges and hook for door
- Weatherstrip rubber foam self-stick tape for door
- Clear acrylic for door
- Push glazier points for door
- Box of #8 x 1-1/2" flat head brass wood screws
- Wood glue
- Enamel paint for exterior
- Translucent oil stain for interior
- Recycled 2x8 for base
- 4"x6"x8' pressure-treated post
- Lag screws for post, braces, and base
- Bag of gravel mix cement
Step 1: Draw out your plan
You don't need a professional blueprint--just a pencil and paper. A sheet of graph paper makes this easier. If you don't have one you can print one from the web.
I changed my mind about some dimensions along the way so my plan is mostly to scale. Notice a few design details:
- The walls rest on the floor so their screws can go in from the bottom.
- The roof boards are at a 90-degree angle--easy to work with.
- The front roof is shorter than the back roof to give the door adequate clearance.
- Inside the peak of the roof is a 2"x2"x20-3/4" brace.
- The roof trim provides a more finished look and a tight fit onto the walls
- The door closes against a brace at the top and a brace at the bottom.
- The original design called for the base and posts to be made of logs.