Step 1: The Design
Step 2: Material & Tools Needed
You will need the following material to build one bookshelf which will be 3' wide and 9.75" deep with one fixed partition:
1. About 10' of 1X10* lumber. Any finished wood is fine except plywood. Oak is preferred, if you want a highly sturdy bookshelf.
2. Smallest box of 1 1/4" drywall screws
3. Four 2 1/2" deck screws to mount the bookshelf on the wall
4. Carpenter's glue
5. 3 1" long right angle brackets
6. Wood paint or polyurethane
7. Small brush.
1. Measuring tape
4. Circular saw
5. Power screw driver/drill
6. Power sheet sander
7. 40 Grit sandpaper for power sander
9. Phillips screwdriver
10. Drill bits various sizes
11. Stud finder.
- * Did you know that 1X10 lumber's actual dimention is 3/4"X 9 3/4"?
Step 3: Cutting Pieces
1. 3' long for the base
2. 3' long for the back
3. 10 1/2" long for the left end
4. 10 1/2" long for the right end
5. 9" long for the divider
Step 4: Pre-drill Holes
1. They hold the pieces together until the glues dry off
2. Provide extra strength to the structure.
I could have used clamps. Keep in mind that unlike Norm and Bob I do not have unlimited supply of clamps. As a matter of fact I do not have any clamps. If you have trouble understanding this part, skip to the next few steps. Once you see the assembly, you will know exactly what I am talking.
Step 5: Fasten Base, Back, and the Divider
Step 6: Attach the End Pieces
Step 7: Preparation for Painting
I usually go for natural look with coats of polyurethane. This time I decided to give it one of those modern dark fancy color. I chose a Java color paint. The manuacturer recommended to use the primer to hide the wood grain. I used the primer on one unit and the other one without it. I did not like the idea of paint at all. In future I will just stick to Poly.
Step 8: Mount the Shelf
The two pictures below are of the left and right divided bookshelves. Unfortunately, I was unable to mount them in a stacked design (as originally planned), so I put them at separate places.