I asked my daughter what I should make for the furniture contest. She responded, "a rainbow," immediately I was reminded of my childhood memory of the television program called "Reading Rainbow", and new that a book shelf would be just the thing!
Step 1: Materials
Large sheet of 3/4" plywood (8'x 42")
10 dowel rods cut to be (1/2" x 13.5" )
Fabric (any color)
8 wood screws 2"
Optional: Fabric dye if you want to do tie dye.
Step 2: Cutting the Arch
1.Find the center of your sheet to divide it into halves. Then find the center of each half
2. Then use a protractor to draw a large circle in the center of each half. (The circles will fill the entire half) Then draw a 2nd circle inside each of your first. Making 2 large doughnuts.(The 2nd circle will be about 11" in from the first creating the width of the arch)
3. Then take a straight edge and draw a line from the outside edge of the center circle to the short edge of the sheet. This straight edge creates the inner arch. The outer arch is created by the larger circle and edge of the sheet.
You will now have 2 identical arches sketched onto the sheet.
Cut out the arches with a jigsaw.
From the scraps measure & cut 2 platforms that are 11"x12" (The dimensions of the shelves)
Step 3: Drill the Holes
1. Mark your arches with a pencil where you would like your rods. (Mine are 15" apart and 1/2 in from the edge.)
2. Drill with a 1/2 inch bit
3. Fill any chips or gaps in with wood filler.
4. Once filler is dried sand your edges smooth all around.
Step 4: Fabric Shelving
1. Cut 2 pieces that are 71" long by 12" wide (The extra 1" is for the hemming & seam allowance)
2. Cut 1 piece that is 31" long by 12" wide.
3. Roll up & tie dye the fabric (if you are using a solid color just skip this)
4. Sew pieces together and hem the edges so that you have a finished size of 170"x11"
5. Sew a series of loops and gaps according to the diagram.
6. Check your work using one of the arches & the dowel rods.
Step 5: Painting
Step 6: Assembly
1. Screw & glue the platforms on at the base of the rainbow.
2. Add a little wood glue in each of the holes for the dowels
3. Slide the dowels into one hole from the inside of the rainbow, then slip the corresponding fabric loop on & push the rod through the matching hole on the other arch.
4. Repeat this until all the dowels are in place.
5. Wipe of any excess glue.
6. Fill in any holes on the front with the wood putty & let it dry.
7. Once the putty is dry sand it smooth.
8. Now you can paint on the rainbow. I followed the good ol' ROYGBIV pattern and did some clouds at the base. Don't forget the edges too! It didn't quite look magical enough so I sprayed on a little glitter.
HOORAY THE BOOK SHELF IS FINISHED!