How to Build Wood Bookshelves How to Build Wood Bookshelves

What You'll Need
1/8 inch Plywood
1/8 Lumber
Circular Saw
Decorative Modeling
Drilling Machine and drill bits
Screws and screwdriver
Finishing Nails
Measuring Tape
Bookshelf Pins
Carpenters Square
Sandpaper and sander
Paintbrush and paint

Wood bookshelves are easy to make and are a great addition to any room. They offer excellent storage space and can be built into almost any corner in your home. Making a bookshelf can be a fun project on a Saturday afternoon. This is a job you can do yourself. With the right tools, you will be able to successfully make your own bookshelf and save some money by doing it yourself. Here’s how you can easily build your own bookshelf.

Step 1 – The Design

The first step to building a wood bookshelf is to establish the design of the bookshelf. Decide on the particular design you want for your shelf.

Step 2 – Measurements

Take the appropriate measurement for your bookshelf, you will need to buy wood according to the number of shelves your bookshelf will have. If your shelf is going to be less than 4 feet, you will not need to add extra support. You can pick up all supplies from the local lumber yard.

Step 3 – Making the Frame

Cut the wood, according to the measurements, and make the frame for your bookshelf. Place the outer pieces on the floor so that all the 4 sides are flush together. Drill holes and use the screws to secure them in place.

Step 4 – Cutting the Plywood

The plywood should be cut according to the measurement for the back of the shelf. Allow space for the sides, top and bottom of the shelf.

Step 5 – Precision

You will need to use a carpenter’s square to ensure your cut is perfect. Your bookshelf needs to be cut properly so make sure all the pieces are cut to precision.

Step 6 – Secure the Back

Secure the back of the bookshelf from the top with the finishing nails or brads. Do not use large nails as this will split the wood.

Step 7 – Put it Upright

Once you have finished securing the back of the bookshelf, place it upright. Once the frame upright, check to see if the shelves fit properly. If they do not fit properly, you might need to trim it a bit so that it fits perfectly.

Step 8 – Drill Holes

Drill holes on the sides of the bookshelf for the pins. You must make sure that the holes are level on both sides so that the shelf will stand straight. Drill two holes on each side and place a pin in each of the holes for optimum support.

Slide the shelves in place so that they rest on the pins you just inserted in the sides.

Step 9 – Decorative Edges

Sand the bookshelf to have a smooth surface and edges. Place the decorative edges you bought for the bookshelf.

Then, you are ready to stain or paint the bookshelf and let it dry out in the open. Once it is has dried completely, place your books in the bookshelf.

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