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  • Ogle Jones posted an update 3 months, 1 week ago

    How to Make a Bookshelf

     

     

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    Whatever the case, this is a fun and simple project for any beginning woodworker. We’ll teach you how to make a bookshelf and when done one step at a time, this DIY project is a breeze!

     

    Tools Needed

     

    Miter Saw– I’d recommend a 12 inch sliding, miter saw

    • OR Circular Saw

    • Drill

    • And/OR Impact Driver

    • Orbital Sander– Ryobi makes a nice one.

    • Tape Measure, Straight Edge, Pencil

    • Eye and Ear protection

    • Supplies Needed

     

    Wood – Refer to the list free plans here

    • Gorilla Wood Glue

    • Minwax Espresso Stain

    • Minwax Polyurethane

    • 3” Wood Screws

    • Sandpaper

    • Approximate Total Cost: $60

     

    This Simple Bookshelf can be made for approximately $60 in materials cost. This is the cost for the wood, wood finish, screws, and other basic supplies. *Note: This doesn’t include smaller things you may already have around the shop, including: glue, sandpaper, etc.

     

    Cut the Boards

     

    We’ll start this project by marking and making cuts for the different bookshelf pieces. Refer to the cut list in the free plans for the dimensions. You’ll end up using nearly all of the four 2x10s that you purchased. I’d recommend cutting with a circular saw or miter saw. Once all of your cuts are made, we’ll prepare for assembling it.

     

    Sand the Boards

     

    Now that you’ve cut all of the boards to size, we can spend some time sanding all of the different bookshelf pieces. We will end up doing a final sand down before staining and finishing the bookshelf, so just a rough sanding works for now. Focus on cleaning the edges and any cut marks, splintering, as well as sanding off any lumber marks.

     

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    Assemble the Bookshelf

     

    Once all of the bookshelf pieces are sanded, we’ll assemble it. We’re going to add wood glue to each joint, pre drill the holes, and then screw in the 3” wood or torx screws. Start by installing the very top shelf and it will go flush against the side boards, making a flush 90 degree, right angle on the top sides.

     

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    Spacing the Shelves

     

    After you’ve installed the top, flush board, we can begin spacing our shelves and glueing and screwing the rest of the boards into place. The very bottom shelf is spaced 3” up from the bottom to the bottom of that shelf. The other four, remaining boards will be glued and screwed into place every 13 ½” inches or so (13 19/32” to be exact). Refer to the plans for more information.

     

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    Final Sanding and Finishing

     

    You can add wood putty over the screw holes if desired. Once the shelves are in, the glue has dried, and you’ve laid a tarp down on the table then you’re ready for the final sanding and staining/finishing process. Sand the whole bookshelf down with a high grit sandpaper (400+) and then remove any dust off of the wood. Apply the wood stain generously with a microfiber rag and use a brush to get the tight spots. Let this air out and dry before completing finishing your bookshelf with a solid coat of polyurethane. Let the poly dry/cure/air before bringing your new bookshelf inside.

     

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    Install, and Enjoy!

     

    Great work! Thanks for taking the time to follow my step-by-step tutorial here and watching the video on YouTube. Enjoy your new bookshelf and keep on rockin’ your DIY projects!

     

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