Introduction: Low Profile Book Shelf

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This is my first instructable guide. Hope you can see thru my spelling, and hope i can inspire you to make some awesome bookshelves!

Step 1: Materials for the Build

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I am working on a large factory that throws away a LOT of goodies, and i also have a habit of collecting the "best" stuff, and brewing up some new designs. :)

I made this bookshelf for my daughter from a thrown away table top, with a router milling error as you can see.

I did not take pictures of me cutting off the edges, but i think you can figure that one part out by you self. :)

And i did not take pictures of my mounting system. ( That's because i made a shortcut and used a CNC for that ) It is just a straight track with a 30 degree angle in it. It is doable with a handheld router. You can also just mount it with screws in the corners.

List of stuff i used:

1x MDF Back panel = 1000 x 600 x 22 mm

4(6)x MDF Shelfs = 550 x 22 x 22 mm

4 Meter bungie cord 2½ - 3mm thickness.

5(7)x paper clips

Paint, and equipment to paint

About 2 hour build, plus painting!

Step 2: The Making and Painting

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Well, after you collect what is needed for this project, you have to decide how much space you would like between the shelfs, and drill thru the back panel with a Ø3mm drill. On one of the sides you have to drill about 5 - 10mm into the Ø3mm hole with something bigger. I used a Ø5mm drill as countersink.

Paint it all, and make a few extra shelfs while you are at it. Doing this gives you a shelf to try with. it might split if you are not carefull while fasten it to the backpanel!

I used a normal white prime, twice on the edges with a sanding in between.

Finish is normal white matt paint.

The shelves are gray because that's what i had at that time. :)

Step 3: Bungie Cord

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After the paint job i added a white bungie cord to keep the books on the shelf.

For this i used a paper clip to ease prosses.

I did mount the shelves before starting, so i could get a exact overview of how it would be like at the end.

The 1. time, tie a knot and let it slip into the countersinked hole before trimming it down.

The middle hole i used the paper clip to help guide it thru, and secure it on the back with a unfolded paperclip.

Ending with a knot after the 3. time.

Doing this with all the shelfs.

Step 4: Mounting

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I made some wall mounts from scrap metal. A 30 degree angle, and about 1cm of material to hang on.

As i said before: You could also just put a screw in the corners. ( Or behind a book if you wanted to hide them. )

Step 5: Enjoy

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It is a easy and fun project to make.

You could even do it with pallets, or a old locker door. Perhaps even straight on the wall. :)

Hope you enjoyed this guide, or even better! Got inspired to create something new.

-- Remember it's my first instructable so please be gentle with me. :)

Comments

lindaguadalajara (author)2016-10-24

Just what I was looking for. Thank you!

I am glad, that you like it. Please share your end result. :D

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2016-06-24

Very minimalistic, I like it :)

seamster (author)2016-05-19

This is a tidy way to store your books, and a good looking first instructable too!

Nicely done! :)

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