How To Build A Bookcase

How to build wooden bookshelves: 7 steps (with pictures), How to build wooden bookshelves. You’ll call your significant other to the basement and say, Hon, look what I built”, and you’ll expect it to be like a Lowe’s commercial where you stand back, cross your arms and admire your work together or high five, and instead they’ll say, Yeah, I know, I was just down here 5 minutes ago helping you wrestle those stupid shelves into place that you notched out instead of just letting them slide in like they mentioned being the easier way under step 3.” It’s OK though, we’re proud of you.

First thing you want to do is decide how long you want your cloud bookshelf ledges to be. We opted for 2ft wide shelves and we needed 3 of them total. I used scrap paneling boards to set my boards on. Prop up the side boards of your bookshelf and place a your cut 2×4″ in between and totally flush on the bottom. Of course you can make it in different configurations-shorter, wider, multiple heights.

Sand the corner edges of the shelves so that they fit nicely into the angle irons. Not to mention that most plans were either to complex, or they required lots of expensive shop tools that I didn’t have. I want to be inspired to do build another built in bookcase upstairs in my office. Here’s how to avoid that: Nail on one of the corner stiles, followed by the side rails (H and J) and then the rear side stile (G). In the supply list I’ve indicated the final sizes of the all the shelves we installed.

The design is beautiful, but (you knew there was going to be a but”, right?) I’m not quite certain how best to fit it into an existing room when I can’t have the bookcase flush with the existing wall. For basic materials, this bookshelf shouldn’t cost you more than about $70, and could cost you significantly less. A template to mark the holes is very helpful; If you’re not tool-handy skip this step and you can use L-brackets to hold up the shelves later.how to build a bookshelf step by step

It seems like you would drive the fasteners from the outside so you will not see them when the bookcase is closed. You can see our dilemma in more detail here with this post Anyway, we had to design that corner a little bit different than the other side, since there was a plumbing chase there. That’s one of the biggest reasons I decided to include a bookcase in my series My First Project. If I could have the back in place and the build the box as you suggested without the back being attached, I think this would work. If you don’t recess the backing using a rabbet, just remember your shelves will then be the same width as the bookshelf sides.

If you want a custom color theme for your bookshelf then you can add a paint layer to each shelf at this step. I’ve been searching for tutorials on how to build an industrial shelf and your post definitely gave the most helpful information. To maintain uniformity, make sure to install the outside stiles flush with the bookcase side. I secured it to the ceiling beams and the side (where it is against the wall) with more screws to keep it stable for the time being. Here is an interesting design for a small bookcase that you can keep anywhere, and it would hold your most favorite books.

I can’t say for sure since it’s not our experience but my flanges are not screwed into the floor (it’s only attached to the wall with top flanges). I’d probably secure some plumber strapping (you know, the roll of steel ribbon with holes in it) to the wall with tapcon screws or some kind of anchor bolt and screw the other end into one of the shelves, but then you’d need to go buy plumber strapping tape. The first step is too look over your crates carefully-before you even leave the store.

I’m hoping through this post that you’ll get the general idea of the key components so you can integrate it into your own basement finishing plans. Stop while you have the chance and build something distinctive for your basement finishing project. Again, there are many different ways to build a bookcase but I want strong joints so I like to use dados. At the top of the bookcase, bridge the gap from the top of the bookcase frame and the ceiling with a piece of 1×6 ripped to the appropriate width. For the true built-in” look, it looks best to have a back on your bookshelf vs. leaving it open to the wall.

It’s sometimes difficult to say goodbye to a beloved piece of furniture—no matter how weathered—so skip the fond farewell by refurbishing an old but cherished bookcase. Before fastening the wall cleats, screw a 1×2 cleat to the ceiling so the front edge is 10-1/2 in. from the back wall. In order to give the bookcase frame a built-in look, you’ll need beef it up a bit by adding 1×2 facing strips, baseboard, and crown molding. This is where two of the L-brackets will go. Repeat on the right side of the bookcase.

The benefit of this style is that it can give the ladder a little more stability when resting against the wall. There are a few moving parts to juggle as you build your unit, but it truly is simple once you get the hang of it. The finished product is well worth the afternoon lost! Cutting wood pieces on the DeWalt saw to make the bookcase the correct dimensions in this furniture project.how to build a bookshelf step by step

Use wood glue and 1 3/4″ wood screws to assemble the fixed shelves to side 1. Use right angle clamps to make sure your shelves are square to the side. I was thinking about connecting each horizontal piece to the wall with a flange, instead of using an elbow. Cleats are necessary for securing the cabinet to the wall (into studs) during installation for built-ins. We rest the bookcase on the shims and I transfer the hinge marks from the door casing to the shelving unit. I haven’t found the cases on Rixson hinges sag much, especially if they’re built correctly. Note how this extends the natural block wall by a few feet, giving the space more definition and separation.

He was then able to tape the guide to the bookshelf (2 inches in from the front edge) and put in all the holes very quickly using an Adjustable Shelf Bit for his drill which we found at Rockler (Home Depot did not carry this bit). From what I’ve learned, the best way to design and build a durable swing-out bookcase door, one that can be adjusted easily, and one that’s truly invisible, is to design the door to swing above the baseboard, and hang it on a center-hung pivot hinge.

Another way to add shelves without using dados is to glue and nail shelf supports (made out of the same 1” x 2” pine used for the shelf styles for example) directly to the insides of the bookcase sides. Using a bookcase for cover is the most popular method, but there are different styles and difficulties when it comes to the design. From the longer measurement top corner, tap it with a rubber mallet or hand towards the shorter measurement corner.

The way you thought at step two: It draws your eye to the back of the shelf, thus making it look deeper and bigger and creating a sense of layering” … you’re definitely right. The first ,14 years ago, was one part of a library complete with raised paneling and wall to wall bookcases. Old construction adds a whole lot of variables to making built in cabinetry, and I definitely ran into lots of hurdles because of it.

You can get wooden spice racks for pretty cheap, although you should measure first to make sure that you get them the right size. Once in place then nail the shelves from outside with your brad nailer at least 5 times. Whether it needs stripping and sanding , a layer of lacquer, or a fresh coat of paint, a worn bookcase can be made as good as new with a little effort. Starting with the left side, make a straight pencil line exactly where you want the first shelf to go. Repeat on other side of bookcase.