My neighbors had to move and had two old desks that they were going to toss; they asked me if I wanted either of them. I just took the drawers because I already have to many desks. The drawers sat in a pile until tonight when I thought I might be able to construct something shelf-like out of them, rather than building shelves from scratch. So here is my first attempt at the Drawer Bookshelf.
If you don't mind a little curb shopping and dumpster diving, you can most likely find some old drawers and make this for free.
Step 1: Supplies
1. Drawers, windows, scrap wood. The possibilities are endless.
2. Tool box of tools - screwdriver, hammer, screws, wood chisel, needle-nose pliers.
3. Small bowl to hold hardware.
Step 2: Remove Hardware
Take off the hardware and store it in that small bowl. Depending on how you arrange the shelf, you may want to pry off the drawer fronts. I used a wood chisel and hammer to remove the front, then a needle-nose pliers to yank out the staples.
Step 3: Stack to Your Liking
Play around with the drawers till you find an arrangement you like. Secure the drawers in place with screws.
Step 4: Place Objects on Shelf
Utilize your new organizational device.
I tested it out with my toolboxes, a sailboat, a toothbrush holder holding an umbrella straw, and a candle box.
Now I just need to paint the thing-- but that's for another day.