With Instructables you can share what you make with the world and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts.
share step-by-step photos with text instructions
share one or more photos in one step quickly and easily
share your how-to video
We have fun with woodworking no matter what the project is, but the most rewarding thing for us is making our own furniture. Let's say you wanted a s...
Based on a quick layout, we made a breakdown of the lumber we'd need: two sheets of 3/4 4'x8' oak-veneered ply, four 82 sticks of 33x3/4 solid oak ...
Now our top and bottom pieces, each 11"x32-1/2", will come from the leftover sheet. There should still be a little of the first sheet left, leaving yo...
For that task we set up our trim router with a 3/4" straight bit and side guide attachment. We got the slot where we wanted it by using a small piece ...
Once the router is set up, mark the six-foot area on the board where you'd like the two rails to go, and do the same for the other sideboard.
Rout the two rail slots into each board. Take your time here -- there's no need to rush.
After the routing you might notice that the slot has rounded ends from the router bit. To remedy this we grabbed a 3/4" chisel and squared off each ed...
Next we attached the rails to the boards, which was short work with a few 5/8" wood screws and our Craftsman drill. Take care not to strip the screws ...
You won't have this kind of access to the inside of these sideboards again, so now might be a great time to hit them with a bit of sanding. Palm route...
It's time to assemble the basic box. Lay out the top, bottom, middle shelf, and sides, and pick a corner to start on. We recommend the top. There are ...
Lay down a bead of glue and line up the top, then fasten it to each side. When the glue dries it'll be much stronger than just the nails.
Next cut a 1-3/4" spacer out of scrap to serve as a guide piece for the bottom shelf.
Attach it to the bottom rear of the sides. Then fasten the bottom shelf on top of it and use another spacer to gauge the same height for the front, a...
Fasten the middle shelf in place about four feet up the sideboards, and you've put together the basic frame.
Cut and attach the back (1/4" Oak Ply) to the bookcase using the same glue and nailing method. If you're going to go crazy with the nail gun, now is a...
Now it's time to start hiding all that plywood with trim. The first step is fixing the shelves. Remember that 3/4" decorative trim? Cut a piece to go ...
The front trim pieces will cover the rest of the ply. Cut two vertical pieces of the 3 solid oak trim (which is actually 2-1/2 ) to 92 , and attach t...
Add pieces in between on the top and the bottom, and the front fascia is starting to come together.
You could stop here, but we went a bit further and added a little extra decorative trim on the top and bottom and front, by ripping a piece of 3" and ...
To make the overall look more eye-pleasing we added a roman ogee edge down the inside of each vertical trim runner as well.
Note: This bookcase is one in a series and will be lined up with others, so we didn't add any side trim to finish out the look. But you could do it s...
After some more time with the palm sander you're ready to fill all the holes. Though it might seem like a herculean task, filling the 18-gauge nail ho...
The best way to finish a wood project is hotly debated among woodcrafters. There really isn't a bad or incorrect way to go about it. Whatever looks go...
It didn't turn out too bad for a project that can be completed in a weekend. The best part is you can adjust the size, color, amount of shelves, or tr...
Tag files as:
Posted:Jan 2, 2009
How to build wall mounted bookshelves for less than $100
The 59 Minute Bookshelf
Mr. Rig It
How to Install Standard-and-Bracket Book Shelves
Bookshelf (Design by Strooom)
Simple Bookshelf from TechShop
Cubicle bookshelf made from left over flooring
How to make a bookshelf mountain!
A bookshelf made of encyclopedias! YAY!
Download our new apps for iOS and android!
PDF DownloadsAs a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format.
You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.