Step 5: Stain And/or Finish the Shelves

Before affixing the shelves with screws you probably want to finish them. I used Minwax Wood-sheen as I had obtained a partially used bottle of it for free. I applied three coats using the instructions on the bottle.

You can use whatever finishing technique you like, just be sure to sand and finish the shelves before screwing them in.

Be sure to prep the wood before finishing!
1.Sand with fine grit paper.
2.Wipe with clean damp cloth rag to remove dust.
3. Onward to finish time!

For more finishing ideas, you may want to consult Popular Mechanics' Instructable on Wood Finishing, read some labels of stains and finishes, or ask at a local hardware store!
This is one of the cleverest upcycles I have seen. And travelling with books speaks to my heart.
<p>I envy the times when people got to travel with all their stuff and never had to worry about weight.</p>
<p>My husband refuses to build me another bookcase, and I have used the empty cupboards in the kitchen for shelves, so I have reluctantly gone to the e-side of books. I enjoy it, I always have a book with me, and I have enough I never run out. However, I miss my physical books.</p>
The idea is not new. In the 1920's &quot;Popular Mechanics&quot; magazine published a thumbnail about a bookcase in a trunk for frequent travelers like engineers or other technical persons. Still a good idea. Say a library trunk with CDs, CD player, speakers and a lap clipboard/ sketch board that fits between the two halves of the library.
You are right. It seems to be in eras when people traveled by ocean liner with greater frequency, they would had purpose-built trunks for almost anything, mini libraries, etc. It was this concept that sorta inspired me, but I wanted to make something that could fit in an overhead bin. I would love to see the copy of Popular Mechanics you mention.
I don't know the exact issue of 'Popular Mechanics' but go to the library or bookstore and grab &quot;The Boy Mechanic- 200 Classic Things To Build&quot; by The Editors of Popular Mechanics (Hearst Books U$ 9.95- Can$ 13.95) P. 57 &amp; 58. <br> <br>The trunk is two open faced boxes 9&quot; deep, 18&quot; wide and 31&quot; high with metal capped corners, trunk latches and hinges. In each half are two book shelves (you could change that according to book size) <br> <br>Well ?I hope this is of some help to you..
And the best part I see of this arrangement is that there's a little gap in the bottom for pamphlets and things.
Yes! Thank you for mentioning this little space because it was a somewhat unintended feature that I have found really useful. I use it to store a small wood easel for displaying larger books once unpacked, but it is also a useful space for pamphlets or writing instruments.
This is brilliant! If the one hard suitcase I had wasn't so flipping huge I'd totally go and do this right now! As it is, I'll just keep an eye out for something more sensible.

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