Introduction: Grand Bookshelf!

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Years ago, when i got the opportunity to travel outside my country, for an onsite project i was quite excited. I returned to my native country, not only with extra earnings but also few showcase pieces which i was interested to buy. There were many remained after giving away some to my neighbours, relatives, colleagues and friends. And those lovely gifts has been sleeping inside suitcase, cardboard boxes and whichever location i move to.

So I decided to make a showcase piece on my own, and this is the first ever time I do one of this kind.

Here in this instructable i will narrate how i made this Grand Bookshelf, as a showcase piece.

Step 1: Supplies

Plywood board - single sheet - 9mm thickness
Drilling equipment and drill bits
Wood glue
Bar clamps
Marking purpose - pencil

Spray paint - Magenta
Enamel paint - Black, for the inner side
Primer - first application to boards
Thinner solution
Paint brushes - big, small

Face Mask
Waste cloth
Old Newspapers

Step 2: Slice and Prepare the Board

As I don’t have cutting machine or don’t have enough practice I sliced the single plywood sheet at the workshop where I purchased and brought them as pieces to my home.

Now I would have 36 pieces to make 9 blocks for my bookshelf.

Step 3: Mark the Boards

In order to attach one board to the another, I made markings as thin lines at the edges of the board so that it is aligned properly when I paste one over the other, to make a square block.

Step 4: Separate Boards, According to the Blocks

In order to make them easy to align and paste the board, i segregated required boards for every block.

Step 5: Square Block, With Wooden Boards

Now, to make square blocks I used wood glue to fix one board over the other with the help of the markings.

Heavy sized books and bar clamps were used to fix them.

Step 6: Adding Screws to the Sides

I used short dry wall screws to fix all the sides firmly, on top of the wood glue pasted earlier. And to fix screws at appropriate places I drew the screw markings to a thick sheet to use as stencil across all the blocks/boards.

Step 7: Numbering the Blocks, As Per the Design

And using masking tape, I numbered the blocks as per my design.

Step 8: Design of the Blocks

And here I have two simple diagrams to sketch where the blocks has to be placed. And also there is a diagram to mark the position of the hinges across the blocks.

The blocks were also marked with hinge numbers and screw, hinge positions.

Step 9: Applying Primer

Once the blocks are ready, apply primer across all the sides. Apply as many coats one would require.

Step 10: Align and Check the Blocks

In between, we may have to see whether the blocks/boards of it are aligned properly.

Step 11: Paint, the Hinges

As the paint may not spread properly when added to the board, I spray painted the hinges with placing them on a styrofoam support.

Step 12: Add Hinges, to the Sides

Now, as per the design I started to add hinges at appropriate position using drill machine and screws.

Step 13: Stand Clip, to the Central Block

As the whole support of the bookshelf would be at the centre I am adding stand clip to make them fix on the wall.

So here:
1. Attach stand clip to the central block.
2. Mark the stand clip position, to the wall.
3. Drill holes using concrete drill bit.
4. Insert dowels to the holes.
5. As per the screw size, make holes into the dowels to fix the stand clip.

Step 14: Installing the Blocks

As the bookshelf is more of support with one another of the blocks, i used a work bench to add one by one over the hinge support.

Step 15: Work Under Progress

Now, i work on finding a solution for the tilt effect and also remaining paint works.

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