Instructables
First time I saw these shelves was in Budapest, at a friends apartment. I was told they had been designed by a physicist. That's why I think they are safe. The ones in the photos have been up for more than a year now.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: The model 240 cm by 240 cm

This is just one model. You can personalize the design to fit your needs.

Step 2: The materials

For the model showed in Step1 the materials are:

4 sticks of pine of 240 cm by 5 cm by 6 cm (5 is front; 6 is deep) (photo1)
6 selves of DM of 240 cm by 22 cm by 3 cm (photo2)
4 wall metal peg screws to hold large weigths (one for each stick) (photo3)
12 regular wall plastic peg screws to hold medium weigths (three for each stick) (photo4)

Step 3: Cut off mortices on sticks and shelves

The whole set is assembled like pieces in a puzzle without glue or screws.

In the sticks make a mortice for every shelf.
In the shelves make a mortice for every stick.

In our case this means 6 mortices in each stick and 4 mortices in each shelf.

As a rule, in sticks make a mortice 2/3 deep of the side of the stick and in shelves make a mortice 1/3 deep of the side of the stick. (In the example this means 4 cm in sticks and 2 cm in shelves because the side of the stick is 6 cm).

Step 4: Hold vertical sticks on the wall

Use the strong screw in the middle of the stick.

Check verticality with a bubble level.

Fix the other 3 screws in every stick.

Step 5: Finishing

Once all the sticks are on the wall, assemble the shelves and VOILA! you have it done.

BUT THERE IS STILL ONE MORE THING...

PLEASE DO NOT MISS THIS DETAIL WHETHER YOU THINK IS IMPORTANT OR NOT!

The last thing to do is to insert wedges of wood under all the shelves and in every stick untill all the shelves are ortogonal (=perpendicular) (=90 degres) to the sticks.
1-40 of 289Next »
mtemple6 years ago
Thanks so much for posting this instructable! I spent the past few weekends building these for my wife. I think they turned out pretty well and now we have a place for our books!
mtemple mtemple6 years ago
Here are some pictures...
DSC03732.JPGDSC03740.JPGDSC03747.JPG
dsterba mtemple1 month ago

Hi! Great Shelves! I'm impressed by how many heavy books you have with no floor support. I'd love to do a similar thing, but am afraid of them falling - can you speak to how sturdy they have been over the last six years? What did you use to mount it to the studs? How long were the screws/mounts?

Thanks!

mtemple: nice job! in fact, they look so much like the ones I made I thought they were my pictures for a second! I also tapered the tops and bottoms of my uprights to try to look nice and to fit in with my slanted ceiling, but I just used an orbital sander (no router available). We also need new shelves but I'm afraid we're out of wall space... I suppose I'll have to...sigh...sell some books.
Your project inspired me! I had a really good time building these shelves. Thanks for some great ideas :)
Great job, thanks for the pictures. Two questions: What size wood did you use for your verticals and for  your shelves?
juliofo (author)  Greenehouse5 years ago
verticals:
240 cm long, 5 cm wide, 6 cm deep (photo 1)
selves:
240 cm long, 22 cm deep, 3 cm thick (photo2)

good luck
juliofo (author)  mtemple6 years ago
Hi mtemple, Wonderful work! I specially like the way you solved the verticals not to conflict with the moldure (please help me with this word) on the ceiling. Thanx for posting the photos. On the basis of photo 3 you need to start some more because there is no much room left. Why for your wife? Dont you share the books?
mtemple juliofo6 years ago
I used the same paint for the shelves that is on the "crown molding" and used a router on the uprights to bevel the edges. This gave them more of a "finished" look. Yes we share the books and yes we need more shelves already :)
juliofo (author)  mtemple6 years ago
Thanks for the linguistic help! As you can guess crown molding = MOLDURA (in spanish).
cjolmsted made it!6 months ago

I decided I wanted something more modular, so I made my shelves smaller. The bottom shelf runs the whole span (100"). Most of the shelves are doubles (36") and a few are singles (20").

ProTip: To cut out the slots in the vertical supports, batch it. Lay all of your supports out together, with the front face up, and clamp together. Measure out where your cuts need to go and cut straight across all of them at once. This gave me very even shelves and saved a bunch of time.

book shelves.jpg
rafain6 months ago

I did a couple of this. They are really nice and work well for over 2 years now. Nice project to share time with my sons.

DSC00953.jpg
BlueCoyote6 months ago

Justo lo que buscaba, fantástico!

jpollard32 years ago
This is what I've built. As a first woodworking project in my life, it was bloody time consuming. I've never worked with wood or a jigsaw. Heck, I do not have a work table! Cutting was interesting to say the least. Two sawhorses, 2 snapped planks, some blood, lots of sweat and paint and I was done!

It took a while to get the vertical wood pieces attached to the wall then some more time to get the horizontals to fit in again. I can't believe how sturdy it is!

I can't even fit a piece of paper into my joints. I had to use a hammer and a lot of brute force to get the horizontals fitting the verticals, so I had to skip that step. The thing is going nowhere!
IMG_0066.JPGIMG_0074.JPG

Wow! Amazing results!

And with so little experience!

Thanks! I just took my time with it, measured everything about 4 times before cutting and drilling, cursed like a sailor and built it! The thing hasn't moved an inch since being installed, and thats with a few kids using it as a ladder.

juliofo (author)  jpollard32 years ago
Bravo!
Wonderful work.
I like much your low table solution for the shelve at the bottom. Is it on wheels?
Thanks for posting the photos.
Nope, no wheels. Everything is bolted to the wall. The only difference I made is to use 2400 x 76 x 50 mm for the vertical and 2400 x 300 x 22 mm for the horizontal, so all the shelves are quite deep, but that makes it look less crowded in my opinion.
AntonioMDC1 year ago
if you had an open/unfinished wall, and that wall was NOT a bearing wall, you could just notch the studs. if a bearing wall add strips to the front of each stud leaving gaps to simulate the notches.

I can't tell you how many shelves I have cut or pieced to flow in and around studs and made or bought little brackets to attach to each side of every stud, and never thought of this. it is so elegantly simple. I wish I had seen this sooner!

Unfinished wall? Don't cut away at the studs, instead just make some upright spacing cleats and mount them right onto the studs. It won't have the same nice finish as these, but we're already talking unfinished walls here. Set a row of cleats, drop in a shelf, add another row of cleats, drop in another shelf, and finish with a top row of cleats. You will still need wedges/shims - it transfers the weight load down the entire stack to the floor, versus one small contact point. I suggest you use good quality wood for the uprights/cleats - not one that easily splits, has knot holes, cracks.

vincent75207 months ago

Great !…

Thanks for posting !…

One question though. How do you account for the wall's strength ? I fear that sheet rock wouldn't be strong enough to hold hundreds of books. What do you think ?…

Make your uprights align to the studs, and you should have no trouble. USA is commonly 16 inches on center. If you are handy with the saw/chisel to cut the mortises, put them in at a 3 degree angle. it will help tip the books back towards the wall - just don't hang the uprights upside down, or your shelves will fall out!

ALWAYS use the shims/wedges, so small vibrations don't wobble the shelves out of the mortises.

pabray467 months ago

The ultimate in super simple, infinitely adaptable design! Thank you. Loved seeing photos of all the variations you inspired. I made a similar one in 1970 that filled a 20’ wall in my apartment living room in NYC. Never thought to hang it on the wall. Good thing, too. It was a very old plaster lathe wall (no studs). Instead of narrow stick uprights screwed to studs, I used uprights from same 1” x 8” shelving.Stood them up on the floor and notched the back edges to fit into matching notches for each shelf. Stunning display area for all my souvenirs from European honeymoon. Pride go-eth before a fall.The shelves burned to cinders when I (accidently) set my apartment on fire 6 months later—while building a sofa.

fnorman made it!9 months ago

This was a fantastic online find for me... here is my accomplishment :) Took me 8 days (due to fibro), but I've done it! Thank you for putting the info out there! :)

DSCF1025.JPGDSCF1027.JPG
aesmeralda9 months ago

Very inspiring work. Here is my version of the your inspirational spark ;).

More power and be blessed.

shelf1.jpg
aesmeralda9 months ago
Inspiring. Work. Keep it up.
Ninzerbean made it!10 months ago

I made these with the help of my contractor Tripp, they turned into more than shelves - more like an architectural design element in my kitchen. Thanks ever so.

shelves 1.jpgshelves 2.jpg
robin isan11 months ago

Hi, thank you for such a useful instructable. I've used it to build these bookshelves into a difficult corner space. Used store-bought timber for the uprights, painted to match the walls, and salvaged scaffolding boards for the horizontals, sanded and waxed. Delighted with the results, will be using this method again!

IMG_6599.JPG
sfsavage1 year ago
great instructable. made a set and am very pleased with them.
patience and prep is key here
..and routing is the icing on cake
20121008_shelving.jpg20121008_shelving TV.jpg
I just wanted to say an enormous THANK YOU for these wonderful instructions. I put the shelves up in my new art studio (http://www.instructables.com/id/Wood-Shed-into-Epic-Art-Studio/). Like many other commenters here, I used a dado and had to pound the shelves into the supports. They are definitely never coming out!
DSC_1240.JPG
jgale41 year ago
I just completed these shelves and it turned out great! Most of the time went to planning...after that it went pretty quickly. I did 4 bigger shelves instead of 5 small ones so I could fit larger pictures and such comfortably on each shelf. Made with 2"x4"s and 2"x8"s. Would be interested to see how a 1"x8" might look.
708568_10151507496142063_673803392_o.jpg1084732_10151511946742063_1261841376_o.jpg1093452_10151512504727063_549249600_o.jpg1091632_10151512459887063_770981280_o.jpg
Nice job .
My super shelves are complete!! :-)
422932_2659211159755_1240188765_32119126_2069791384_n.jpg
juliofo (author)  hottie_mchottson2 years ago
Wonderful work!!!
Thank you so much for posting the pictures!!!
Spread the word.
Can you take a close up of the corner where they meet
I will take some close ups when I get a chance but there really isn't much to see in the corner. The problem I ran into early in the project was that there wasn't a stud to screw into on the left side in the corner. So I just used the verticals you see to keep it even. The left side shelves extend all the way to the wall but aren't attached to anything there. The right side shelves just butt up to the left side shelves but also aren't attached to anything there either. I thought about doing a 45 degree cut at the corner but then you can't slide the shelves into grooves.
ok here are some more pics of the supershelves somewhat filled in with lots of nick nacks. I put the 6 foot ladder in to show some perspective as to how big they are since the previous picture just didn't seem to do justice to the actual size. Very boring corner shot included as promised. Also a close up of the beveled verticals for your viewing pleasure. Also I didn't do the little wedges on the bottom as stated in the instructable. I just cut them to exact size and then had to readjust some. Some were still pretty tight but nothing a good mallet couldn't handle. Ps. the house is for sale, shelves included lol
2012-05-29_23-53-36_473.jpg2012-05-29_23-52-07_418.jpg2012-05-29_23-51-40_827.jpg2012-05-29_23-51-14_531.jpg2012-05-29_23-50-24_730.jpg
Thanks!
These shelves are F%^&*ING awesome!!!!! I'm totally stealing this design for my difficult living room, which will become my difficult library.
juliofo (author)  hottie_mchottson2 years ago
Congratulations!!!
Very nice work.
Very nice picture.
Very nice comment.
Thanks a lot
1-40 of 289Next »