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Invisible Book Shelf

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Step 1: What You'll Need

Book
Good sized "L" Bracket
Carpet Knife
Pen
Small wood screws (of the flat headed variety)
Large wood screws
Tape Measure or Ruler
Glue
A Stack of Books for Weight

A friend at work gave me a stack of Stephen King books that were collecting dust in his garage. My previous two shelves from the introduction were free books that my public library was trying to get rid of.
Use a book you don't mind never reading again.

Step 2: Measure Twice, Cut Once.

Measure the half way point, make a mark, set down your bracket, draw an outline, measure again, cut out a hole deep enough that the bracket will set flush. You are doing this to the back or bottom of the book, the part that will be visible in the finished product.

Step 3: Don't Put Away the Carpet Knife Yet!

Use your knife to make a notch for the "L" bracket so the book can sit flush against the wall.

Step 4: Screw Stephen King!

...or at least place your small wood screws to secure the "L" bracket in place, and one on either side toward the edges of the book to secure the pages of Stephen Kings book together. Hanging the bracket over the edge of a desk, chair, or counter is helpful. The pages will try to rise up the screw as you insert it, so make sure you're putting some pressure on them to keep them in line. If this part is not done correctly the end result will show the pages as wavy and will tip off the viewer that something is amiss. The picture shows me using a cordless drill, but I found that doing it by hand was much more effective.
polymathism6 years ago
easy to follow, and after the first one its clockwork. i made a zipper like format. good space saver too!
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I can't believe how many books one can squeeze in there without it looking cluttered. Good job!

This is definitely the most attractive arrangement of shelves, and I've got just the space to copy it! 8)
That looks FANTASTIC!!
 Here's a pic of the one I made. I liked the way the books look standing up, kinda defeats the purpose but oh well..
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I like the books sitting upright just as well as I like them stacked. Unless you're implementing this idea because you really need more storage space for books, it's a nice way to display a favorite item or two - even to use for no other purpose than to create "artwork" for an empty wall. Probably does need a book or two no matter what its purpose, to maintain the "theme" inspired by the "book" shelf. ;-)
I have to comment again on Polymathism's staggered zipper design, too; it's also a very attractive example of mixing it up a bit, by adding a single rather dramatic piece on the uppermost shelf. I love where both of you went with the idea almost as much as I love the instructable!

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 no, i like the way you have the books set upwards! 
dorxincandeland (author) 2 years ago
Project of the day! Woot!
epoh4 years ago
Hi everyone,
I'd like to thank for this great instructable!

I was planning to do my bookshelf for about 6 months. When I finally got to round to it, it took me about an hour or two.

I used an old calendar notebook with metal binding on the side so I can hang my earing collection :)

Thanks again!
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canida epoh3 years ago
Nice mod!
ahurlimann epoh3 years ago
You've just inspired me. Wow, I love how you used the spiral notebook to make it more "fun"ctional!
How cool is that!  Wow!
stewent4 years ago
Here is the one I built. I did it with two brackets and it turned out great. Awesome instructable!


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SirJoey5 years ago
Way kool! Thanx for sharing this one! Here's mine:
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artista6 years ago
Wonderful idea!!! And very good explained.
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Ninth artista5 years ago
Are all those books stacked on the one "shelf" or do you have a lot of books connected to the wall and just filled the gaps? If so, how many are connected to the wall?
shooby artista5 years ago
This is how it should be done, with lots of books, attached lower to the ground. Like this, it's subtle, looking almost as though the books are stacked on the ground, until one inspects further. Good job Artista. With a stack of 6 books in the middle of the wall, it's too 'Disneyland'. People might scratch their heads at it, but in the end of the day you have a stack of 6 books that you don't care about sticking out of your wall.
That looks so good.
Here's my attempt. I used some nice, gilded, leatherbound editions of the Homeric epics with just god-awful, rhyming English verse translations. I couldn't stand ever reading them, besides I have better translations and I know ancient Greek anyway, so I don't even need them! HA! In your face, publisher. On to the project, I didn't have a drill, so I couldn't put pilot holes in the pages, but I found that simply placing the screw that holds the pages together more into the center of the page instead of toward the corner, I got less "wrinkle" on the sides. There was still a lot of wrinkle on the edge of the pages, but that faces the wall anyway so there's no problem there. All in all, not a bad first attempt. In fact, this is the first project I'd done with instructables.com. On the plus side, most of my literature is heroic prose or poetry, so the shelves match their contents. Don't ask me why I mounted them like that. Shoulda done the red one a little higher. Awesome Instructable!
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chrislrob5 years ago
My first instructable! Most excellent!
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daveraven6 years ago
Thanks a lot for this great instructable! The directions and pictures were very clear. Here are pics of my shelf:
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offseid6 years ago
Great Instructable! Here's mine. A possible modification would be to make the shelf book a "secret compartment" or hollow book!
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volvoman376 years ago
i read this one, decided i needed some decorations, and went to town on it. simple, effect is great. thanks for this!
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Hunter S. Thompson, nice. Good instructable btw I plan on doing it.
Dude, not to be mean but the books in your pictures are way to high. I would sugest making it about eye level. Unless your just realy tall.. Btw, GREAT instructable!

Better than the shelf I bought at Ikea lol

Nixen_Blue3 months ago
This is great! I used some old books that had been water damaged that I just couldn't bring myself to throw out. I love organizing my books so what I did was took the 'shelf book' and painted it to cover the damage then on the spine wrote the genres or author names or series titles and I have them hanging all around my room. I love the way it looks, thanks so much!
brunamaral2 years ago
It's a crime destroy a stephen king's book!!!!!!
thats what i used, stephen king books
Alot of Stephen King's books have been so over printed that many thrift stores throw them away as there are often 5-10 copies of each on the shelf. No harm to make use of something that would otherwise end up in a dumpster.
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Ugh_Millie4 months ago
when you screw the screws into the book, mine are like 4 centimeter's to short to go all the way through the pages cause my bottom books are pretty thick, does that matter?.........also when screwing the bracket to the wall i noticed no one really sunk them into a beam *puzzled* does that matter?
squishyjoss5 months ago
This is beautiful.
kabir_shayer6 months ago
Realy Realy Amazing work to do,,,,Thanks to Share this with us......
peddihomes7 months ago
This is really good. Will try it out. I had a question...what for do we need to screw the pages for as anyways we are going to apply the glue...
mikecz7 months ago
A friend who is a professional woodworker (& makes things like church altars & pulpits, BIG boardroom conference tables, & who may charge $50K+ for a set of kitchen cabinets) tested various glues during a slow time. He found that, if the pieces fit well (usually means run through a jointer), white glue will hold on nice straight grained oak stronger than the wood itself. He glued together test pieces, clamped, & allowed to dry. Then he would brace the pieces between some structural steel posts & beams in his shop and put a car jack to the pieces until something broke. Pieces almost always broke through the wood itself - NOT the white glued joint! The advantages of yellow glues like Titebond or Wilhold are they are much more water resistant and they dry a lot faster. I like Gorilla glue, too, and have numerous t-shirts & sweatshirts they gave me because I ordered enough product enough times over the most of 30 years I owned a hardware store - but it is expensive overkill for this project! In this project you're gluing PAPER - white glue is plenty strong (& cheap!)
Haha amazing
nice one
Kelly0210 months ago
I've made this for my niece! Thanks!!
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