Building your own cube book shelving systems is a simple DIY project that can be done in less than a day and does not require any specialized or complicated tools. Standard cube shelves normally do not have any backing and are not attached to any walls, so they can be moved around to different areas of the room as you see fit. They can also be stacked vertically or horizontally to fit with the amount of storage space you have. If you add more books to your collection later on, you can easily build and add other cube shelves to your existing ones.
Choosing Wood Type
Cube book shelves can be built out of any wood type you choose, though pine and plywood are the most versatile and the easiest to work with for this project. Pine boards are a popular choice because pine is a softer wood that does not require as much effort to cut as some other kinds of wood. Many DIY-ers also like pine for its light color that can be easily painted or stained any color.
Measuring and Cutting
Cutting the wood pieces for cube book shelves is often an easier process than with other types of shelves because all sides are the same measurement. This does not mean you still do not need to be accurate with each measurement, however. For a more streamlined look, most cube book shelves call for beveled edges on each piece of wood so they will fit together in a clean cube shape. If you need to, practice making these kinds of bevel cuts on some scrap pieces of wood first. The trick is to hold your table saw at a steady 45-degree angle. If you opt to use a circular saw to cut your beveled edges, it is a good idea to use a carpenter's square to guide the blade in a completely straight line.
Inner Shelf Construction
Adding inside shelves to your cube book shelving system is also easily accomplished by cutting simple tongue and groove fittings into the sides of the cube space. Carefully measure the thickness of the wood piece you have cut for the shelf, and carve out a groove with the same width for the end of the shelf to fit in snugly. If your cube sections are large enough, try staggering the inner shelves at slightly different heights in cube sections that are next to one another; this adds a bit more visual interest.
Painting and Staining
Like any types of wood working DIY projects, building your own cube book shelves presents a blank canvas of unpainted and unfinished wood. It is recommended to cut out all your wood pieces and then paint before assembly; this assures even coats. Applying paints and stains to an assembled shelf system is a favorite step for many DIY enthusiasts. Cube shelf systems are very simplistic in their design, and one that is well painted to harmonize with the rest of the furniture and appears to be a seamless part of the room. If you want to use a wood stain, select a good quality one in tones that match the rest of your furniture; the same applies to paint that goes with the rest of your room colors.