Any bibliophile knows that storing your books is almost as much of an obsession as reading them. Many thanks to Laura @semi_domestic for taking on the very first Buy It or Build It challenge – you rocked this build! This handsome bookcase features those same classic elements—the curved brackets, column-like partitions and crown molding. This cut allows the backing to be recessed into the shelf so you don’t see the end grain of the plywood when you look at the completed bookshelf from the side. We rest the bookcase on the shims and I transfer the hinge marks from the door casing to the shelving unit. Step 6 Install brackets Hold an L-bracket upside down, and mark where to drill.
It will make your projects so much easier to assemble and also make them much stronger. However, lumber prices vary and fluctuate so make sure to price out your materials. Steve and I decided to build bookshelves and start working to get our home office to be functional and organized with a classic look. You need at least two to make this one work, but the more you have the better as it means more shelves for your books.
Step 3 Attach the boards Screw the wood screws into the holes using your drill’s screwdriver attachment or a manual screwdriver. Once the first bookcase was built, we used the measurements provided to us by the fireplace company to construct the fireplace surround from more 2×4’s. We did not screw into the studs but used wall anchors instead (each flange has 4 wall anchors/screws).
I recently built my own garage shelves based on your design, and it worked out great. An old useless dresser drawer makes a great hanging bookshelf and if you have an old dresser with broken drawers that you aren’t using, you can make this one for nothing. The final step is to apply a thin layer of wood glue in each of the dados, fit the pieces together and screw it all together.
And I love our new house, but there was no wall of built-in bookshelves waiting for us. I didn’t want our books just sitting inside moving boxes for months while we figured out what we wanted to do with them. That clearance is determined by the depth of the bookcase and the location of the pivot, measured from the hinge jamb toward the strike jamb-parallel with the wall. After you secure it to the wall then you can place the bottom shelf on the base and nail it in. I’m considering a variation of this design for a DIY wall unit in my home office.
While the bookcase has a beautiful handcrafted look, it is actually simple to construct. A small step ladder is also easier to stain, paint or adjust in order to fit your living spaces, and it can double as a side table if the shelf space allows. Built one this weekend with a few variations – pressure treated 2×4 footers (damp basement floor), shelves 3 feet deep, and 2×3 shelf beams.
Saving the notchj f step seems worth doing the other way but I would be interested to know why you did what you did there. They shared their journey coming from zero knowledge of building or power tools, to being able to build some amazing furniture for their homes. Save yourself some time, money, and energy, and be cautious enough to ensure that you get your DIY bookshelf right on your first try. You can do whatever you want here, but make sure you don’t go too far between the posts so you have enough strength.
I’m beginning to build a media unit similar to this and I’m wondering why you decided to stain the wood AFTER the shelves were built. I will say that you should make sure they are all the way down on the floor before tacking them into place up above, to ensure that they are supporting the vertical weight of the shelf. This fine Kentwood Bookshelf by Shanty2Chic that I spied at was my inspiration. I’ve been searching for tutorials on how to build an industrial shelf and your post definitely gave the most helpful information. Floating shelves like this are nothing new, but I really like the way you built them.
One thing that helped us was using tape to mark where the shelves would go. This let us look to make sure we were happy with the size before we ever bought any supplies. And don’t forget, while you’re resawing (or having someone else do it), make parts Q. One of my goals with this design was that it would be simple enough for almost anyone to build (including myself). Conceptually simple enough — just move it forward eight inches and frame the rest of the bookcases around it. Just put the hinges on the back corner instead of front, and account for diagonal length for closing. It has the name of all the parts and the measurements to help you cut the components and assemble the bookcase.
Step 1 Glue the frame Using a generous layer of wood glue, affix each of the 28 1/2-inch pieces to both ends of the 28-inch pieces so the planks form a rectangle with the shorter pieces on the top and bottom. Not to mention that most plans were either to complex, or they required lots of expensive shop tools that I didn’t have. But, I recommend not having a bookshelf that is more than 3 and a half feet wide without a center support of some type.
If you don’t recess the backing using a rabbet, just remember your shelves will then be the same width as the bookshelf sides. Helpful hint: If you plan to use different colours for both sides, shelves and bottom, finish before assembling. Otherwise, using a jig, you can bore an additional row of holes in the backing to provide the additional support for shelves wider than 36”. I guess I didn’t mention it in the post, but I sank a few screws down through the OSB into the supports on the front corner.
After checking out all these projects, we’re currently working on a ladder bookshelf that is three levels of horizontally-placed ladder shelves. Build a pole mounted floating bookshelf – simplified building, A pole mounted bookshelf built with kee klamp, pipe and wooden shelves. 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.
You could do a simple design of having the front perimeter be inside a cased frame and have it butt up to it when closed. Because our Home Depot didn’t carry 1/4″ MDF, we used 1/4″ plywood for the back of our bookcase. How to build a childrens airplane bookshelf – easy step by, How to build a childrens airplane bookshelf ‘ easy step by step diy project. Once all the screws are in place, set up the bookshelf in desired location and display favorite books and collectibles.
Unfortunately there are no plans since it was built to fit the space as I went. The real improvement in this design is swinging the bookcase above the baseboard, so it won’t drag on a throw rug and can be trimmed out without any visible gaps. So when I saw a chance to build a bookcase into my basement wall I went for it. The built in bookcase was not part of my original plans. I have built many homes and to this day, that home and that library still bring the greatest memories.
It will work great, is simple to do, and the simple design doesn’t leave much room for things to go wrong. That way, the bottom shelf projects over the toe kick making it impossible to see the clearance gap between the top of the toe kick and the bottom of the bookcase. If you think it might feel tipsy you can always shim the feet in front so it’s tilting toward the wall a bit. So to summarize … your plans are excellent, my variations were acceptable but time consuming, and the end result is working shelves!
I think that’s exactly what I did-used a classical head or entablature to hide the gap between the top of the bookcase and the head casing. I used upper wall cabinets because I only wanted them to be 12 inches deep, but I set the middle section out a few inches. At the store-bought price of $755, you could build several of these bookshelves! After about 100 holes in the wall and a hefty electrician bill, we gave up on the lighting idea.