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Cast levitation level 7 on your books!
 
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Step 1: What You'll Need

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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.

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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!

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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!

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...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.

Step 5: Glue, and Apply Pressure

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The glue will hold the bottom cover of the book in place, and the screws hold the pages together. Put the stack of books on top of the whole deal and wait overnight.

Step 6: No. Seriously, Wait Overnight.

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Did you think I was kidding?
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polymathism7 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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Looks pretty nice! Great inspiration.

Now looking in my bookshelf for what books to sacrifice..

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) 4 years ago
Project of the day! Woot!
epoh5 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 epoh4 years ago
Nice mod!
ahurlimann epoh5 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!
stewent5 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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SirJoey6 years ago
Way kool! Thanx for sharing this one! Here's mine:
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artista7 years ago
Wonderful idea!!! And very good explained.
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Ninth artista6 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 artista7 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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chrislrob7 years ago
My first instructable! Most excellent!
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daveraven7 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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offseid7 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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volvoman378 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!

ahahahhaa, this is simply too clever!

longlady26 days ago

I wonder if this would work with CD's??

JCklinger3 months ago

This instructable is awesome! gonna try today wait for my pic.

lcrookston3 months ago

I have found some very convincing fake book boxes at TJ Maxx, and thing they would be cool to use for the base book. No sacrificing a real book and a hidden compartment. I know making a book with a compartment is more in the DIY spirit of the site, but you know.

singerboy414 months ago

Raaaah! That crooked picture is so ANNOYING! Just Kidding! I may do this at the end of the school year with one of my school books. XD

PatrickBishop4 months ago

Great idea, easy to make too. Thanks for sharing!

Really cool. Still, I prefer the old school bookshelves. They have this kind of vibe I'm not sure how to explain it. Anyway, great idea and great job of making it come to life.

HinaZ16 months ago

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Snellingkorey6 months ago

great idea, what book should i use as the bottom book?

Ajytnair7 months ago
QUESTION:: Amazing idea!! why not screw the "L" bracket to the book as well? And if that's not necessary why screw the book at all? I mean, can gluing the book cover not suffice ?
davidbarcomb8 months ago

Nice trick! It's really neat and easy to do. Thanks

jrozanski1 year ago

My wood screws will not stay in the wall. Maybe I didn't get a big enough L bracket. any suggestions?

You need to find the studs in the wall.

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