So it forced me to start on this tree bookshelf and luckily it coincided with the shelving contest so it's win win.
Of course I could have made a simple square bookshelf but that's just not my style. For some strange reason my brain seems to turn every simple project into something more complicated.
Is it just me? I mean really, when I get a project idea in my head I start out with a simple idea and as I'm lying in bed my brain starts taking the project in all sorts of directions. I can't help myself. It usually turns out pretty cool so I guess it's ok.
Anyway, I found a great design online but it wasn't quite what I was looking for. It was a great place to start but I had to give it my own flare. This was a fun project and didn't take any special tools so anyone can do it. Thanks so much for looking and enjoy!
As you look through this instructable please forgive the messy shop. Fall is a very busy time for us so the shop cleaning is low on the priority list. Sorry about that
Step 1: What You Need
18ft of 1x10
Jig saw/ with scroll blade
Wow, I guess that's it. Simple right
Step 2: Make Your Design
I drew out something that looked kind of like a tree. It is 5 1/2 feet tall and about 4 foot at the widest. I wanted to give the appearance that you could see through parts of the tree so I drew on some little details. Some of them worked and others looked... Not so good
The base was pretty easy. I measured the bottom of the tree and cut to that. Next I drew a wavy semicircle and that was it. With this project I didn't want any straight lines. I cut out some miscellaneous pieces on the base so it might look like shadows cast by the tree.
The great thing about this shelf is you can pretty much cut wherever you want and it will look like a tree. Pretty cool huh
Step 3: Cut It Out
The good part is, if you cut outside the lines... Who cares, it's a tree.
Try to cut out the pattern in sections. That way you don't put to much pressure of the board as you cut. Be sure to leave enough to use for your base. All the tight turns with the saw will take a while but it is really worth it when you see the final product.
Step 4: Sand, Sand, Sand
Because it was ply edge, I skipped 80 grit and went right to 220. The 80 was a bit to aggressive and I didn't want to take anymore off, i just wanted to smooth it out. I wrapped some sandpaper around my finger and tried to get all of the nooks and crannies. It took a lot of time but I had some slow mornings at work and I was able to do the small tedious stuff there.
You want to make sure you have a smooth edge so it looks good when you paint it later.
Step 5: The Shelves
Also, the depth was deeper in the middle and then got less towards the outside.
I learned a few things while cutting these out. First, I used the scroll blade again to cut the shelves. At first I figured out the total board length of the box and then cut the whole edge all at once. That didn't work.
When I cut the boards the curves didn't line up so there were some jagged edges. So then I would cut the box and then contour the pieces individually.
I wanted to make the boxes big enough to hold REAL kids books. They are tall and wide and weird shaped, so you need good sized shelves. The tallest box is 16" and the smallest is 8" with some variation in between.
When it comes to setting up the boxes on the back there's not a lot of specific instructions I can give you. I laid them out one at a time and did what I thought looked good.
I started in the middle and worked down and the to the outside. I tried to make the curves line up so it flowed together.
Step 6: Put It All Together
You also want to make sure that your boxes are square because there is nothing worse than sloppy looking boxes. Also attach all the boxes to each other to its nice and sturdy.
Step 7: Sand Some More
Step 8: Paint
This was a really fun project and I am really happy with how it turned out. It was really easy and did not require any special tools.
So if you like how this turned out you should definitely give it a try. Thanks so much for looking at this and let me know if you make one.