Introduction: The Beehive Bookcase
I made this desktop book case to house a few of my wifes ever growing manga collection. So all my measurements are designed to hold these slightly larger than paperback books.
Step 1: Materials
One large sheet of 1/4 inch particle board
Step 2: Cutting the Angles
In this step we will cut the wood to the correct size and angles to fit together.
Since I made this to house a very small portion of my wife's manga collection The side lenght of 4 7/8ths allows for 7 normal sized manga side by side with a slight gap at the top. If you lower the side lenght to fit the manga more snugly at the top you will reduce the width to carry only 6.
Once you put your first piece of wood through the saw flip it over and put it through both sides of the wood have the same 30 degree angle.
Step 3: Cutting the Depth
Put your table saw blade back to it's normal 90 degree setting.
Take your angled piece of wood and cut it into sections that are 5 and 3/8ths. This is the depth of an average manga.
There are a 6 pieces per hexagon and we have 5 hexes for a grand total of 30 pieces to cut.
Step 4: Making the Angle Guide
Now since 60 degree angle guidess aren't exactly common place its time to make a smaller version.
Change the angle on your table saw to 30 Degrees. Set your width on your saw guide to 2 inches.
Again flip it over and put it through the saw so you put the same angle on the opposite side so both sides of the wood have the same 30 degree angle.
Cut this pieces into six individual 3 inch strips.
We do this because a smaller set is much easier to hold together to glue.
Step 5: Glue the Angle Guide Together
Break out your glue and glue the pieces together two at a time.
Check both the inside and outside edges to make sure the angle is correct.
Let this one dry.
After the first pair are glued together glue another pair. Slide the previous section up against the oustside to check the angel. It should fit perfectly.
Now glue the third and last section together.
All three sections should fit perfectly in each other if you hold them back to back.
Once they are dry glue all three together at one time. The angles should match pefectly.
Step 6: Start Gluing the Individual Sections Together.
Now that you have a mini angle guide you can start to glue the larger sections together.
I glued the first few together using the mini guide then after I made a few I used the larger sections as guides as well. That speeded up the process significantly.
Step 7: Glue the Angled Sections Together
After you have made six of the angled sections, glue 3 of them together to make your first hexagon, leave the other 3 to use as guides.
Keep on gluing until you have all 6 of your hexagons.
Step 8: Sand, Prime, Paint
Sand the edges to get rid of your sloppy saw mark cuts.
Prime the surfaces
Paint to your specifications.
I chose Nutmeg.
Step 9: Final Product
Final Product : A beehive book case and a happy wife!