DIY Project: How to Build a Bookcase
Need some extra storage, but you donÃÂt have the money to spend on expensive bookcases? Why not build a bookcase yourself?
Building a bookcase isnÃÂt always a simple task, but it doesnÃÂt have to be so difficult. Using standard lumber, your basic tools and eight easy steps, you can build your own inexpensive and great looking bookcase.
Here are eight simple steps in creating your own bookcase. Just keep in mind this is for your standard bookcase, if you want something smaller or bigger make sure you have the correct amount of lumber.
The bookcase measurements will be 72ÃÂ x 32ÃÂ (6ÃÂ x about 2ÃÂ6ÃÂ).ÃÂ You can always alter your wood to make the bookcase bigger or smaller if you choose to do that. If youÃÂre unsure about something ask questions. The last thing youÃÂll want to do is buy the wrong piece of lumber after itÃÂs been cut and sanded down.
Now onto the fun part: building your bookcase.
Here is what youÃÂre going to need:
- 1 2"x 10" x 12' lumber
- 2 pieces of 1"x 10" x 8'
- "L" brackets (4 per shelf).
- Piece of thin hardboard or 1/4" plywood.
- Brads (1/2") and screws (#8 3/4" long)
- Screwdriver and hammer
- A saw or router
- A drill and drill bits
- If you plan on painting youÃÂll need stain and paint
Step 1: Have your 2ÃÂx10ÃÂ12ÃÂ lumber cut into two pieces that are 72ÃÂ long. These two pieces will be the sides of your bookcase.
Step 2: Take your two pieces of 1ÃÂX10ÃÂ8ÃÂ and have them cut into three sections each. These sections, which are 32ÃÂ, are going to be the top bottom as well as the shelves of your bookshelf.
Step 3: Sand the edges of all your boards. Depending on the type of wood you purchased, you can also paint or stain all of your boards. DonÃÂt forget to paint the piece of plywood thatÃÂs going to be the back of the bookcase.
Step 4: Once youÃÂve decided how much space you want between each shelf, mark it on the sides of you bookcase with a pencil.
Step 5: Attach the ÃÂLÃÂ brackets to the sides of your bookcase and align them so that the shelf height matches where you marked the sides of the bookcase. Remember to put the brackets 3ÃÂ from the front and 3ÃÂ from the rear of the sides of the bookcase. It will look a lot nicer that way.
Step 6: Starting at the top, tighten the top shelf to the ÃÂLÃÂ brackets on both sides of your bookcase and then just work your way down. Attach the shelves according to your marks. Leave a space 1ÃÂ from the top of your bookcase; it looks a lot nicer that way.
Step 7: If you painted your bookcase, paint your ÃÂLÃÂ brackets so that they make the color of your bookcase.
Step 8: Cut the hardboard to fit the back for the bookcase and attach it with the brads.
You have completed your bookcase and all it took was eight easy steps. Now that youÃÂre done, enjoy your beautiful bookcase. DonÃÂt forget to brag about a job well done either!