Adjustable Table Top Book Rack




Introduction: Adjustable Table Top Book Rack

About: I'm a mom of 4 and I love to craft! Anything and Everything interests me and i love to create in the process of learning.

You want a cool weekend project?? How about a weekend project to do with your kids, to introduce them to the fun world of woodworking?  Interested?
Here is a cool table top book rack which is great to keep all those books organized on your don't have much books to problem...just push it in and it's would even work as books ends...sounds complicated???  NOT AT ALL!

This book rack is quick and very easy to's so easy, I did it as a back to school craft project for my kids' school....They loved it!
What's can get the cut list done at the lumber store...All you have to do is drill, glue, nail and paint!

I would love to take credit for this design...but to be has to be given to some Chinese...cause I saw this at a toy store and was very fascinated...I didn't want to dole out the cash for it ...cause...well I CAN DO IT for less than 1/4th of the price!
 ADDED ON 24th August 2013 -  Well....there was a no photo I didn't take snaps at first...but as my entry was rejected for the 'I can do it' , I went back to the shop and sneaked a couple of pictures! Thank God there was one left!

Step 1: Cut List

6 - 1" or 3/4" wide wooden slats about 15" long
4 - 3/4" thick 6"x 6" or 6" x6.5" wooden squares. ( doesn't make much of a difference...except you then know which side is up...easier   for kids!)

NOTE : the length of the slats will depend on how long you want the minimum length for your in my case...the minimum length would be approximately 12" if you were using 1/2" thick wood...then of course the length would be more.

Step 2: Sand and Paint!

If you haven't got your wood cut at the would be a good time to cut and sand all corners.
Once you have done it...Paint the squares how you like it.
When i did this with kids...they loved this part as I thought them to decorate their squares by texturing.
Of course as these students were 8-10 yrs it wasn't gorgeous....but what was important was they enjoyed it :-)
Here I would use masking tape to paint stripes....thought I'd make a small gift for a special girl while making this instructable ;-)

Do  not paint the slats...only sand them well and perhaps oil them...painting won't work as when the ends of the book rack slides it would scrape away the paint.

Step 3: Drill, Glue and Nail!

Take 2 of your squares...make sure you have got them in the proper orientation . We would be nailing the under side of the racks first.
Take your slats and place it at the end of both corners of your 2 squares. Drill 2 holes at each end , glue it up and nail.
Do the same for the other 2 squares...but this time place the slats at the opposite ends. Again drill, glue and nail. Please refer to pictures for clarification
Place section  so that part of Section B will be placed inside it...i'm sorry but I don't how to explain this except by pictures.
Place the other two slats so that the slats would be placed alternately.... again ..PICTURES PEOPLE :-D
Now that you have drilled glued and nailed...flip it over so that the slats you have nailed would be on the the remaining slats so that section 'A''  would have a slat across and section 'B' would have a slat across. drill,glue and nail!

Step 4: Kids Diy

I've uploaded some pictures of the kids doing this project and having fun...hope you enjoy seeing it as I enjoyed doing it with them :-)

Please, I have entered this for the weekend project...and if accepted for the I CAN DO IT contest. Please vote if you like it!

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    Makes a nice bookshelf for work.


    That's such a lovely design. I'm off to my local wood recycling centre to pick up supplies!

    I'm thinking it might look good if the uprights were hidden inside old book covers. It would look like the books were holding themselves up.

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    Thanks! That is such a great idea! please post a picture once you have done it, would love to see it :-)

    Sorry for the late reply, I have been busy with my newborn baby these
    last four months and only now I'm slowly picking up my rhythm :-)

    THANKS! till I saw your comment....I didn't even know I was a finalist....what with so many excellent entries! needless to say I'm thrilled to bits! :-)

    I can see a couple of other applications for the general idea:

    -) An adjustable length storage crate. I always seem to have odd sized shelves and cabinets. Having a crate that would expand or contract some would be a big help.

    -) Adjustable height, stand, table or stool: If you continue the structure around all four sides and turn it on the ends, you would have an adjustable vertical structure. Clamp it or otherwise prevent it from moving and you'd have a stable work platform.

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    thats a great idea! I'm trying to build a flip down table for my kids and was wondering about the chair... your idea would be cool to try out :-) many options! right now I'm imagining couch to bed??? perhaps with storage??..ahhh yes...I hope I get the time and cash to try it out!

    Very very clever......and such a grand idea!! I will vote....

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    Thank you soooooo much! Please post a picture once you do !

    Of course I would be out of printer ink.....will bookmark this so after the ink is in the printer I CAN DO THIS....!!! We are re-doing a room for a Computer/Business office so when my shelves go up I want these to hold my CD's...and DVD's....and then of course the book stuff. I am thinking that ppl have said "fold on itself" meaning that it slides and not folds....I can see that from the pics...and not a FOLDING option. I will either stain the wood or paint it to match the wall color. This is a great I have not found Bookends in any quantity to speak of for use to hold books. Seems like if I do they are horribly priced. I already have the wood...yeah!!! Thanks for this great project.

    Neat! I really like how it can fold it on itself. Very clear pictures and steps; glad the kids could personalize theirs. It also shows them they can make things themselves in the future, as a hobby and to save money. I voted for you! :)

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    Thanks so much for the lovely words and vote! yes the kids loved it...and the moms were so proud of their kids....they were actually amazed that their little babies can actually make something useful :-) lol

    Thanks! Please vote for the weekend project when it comes up and the ' I can do it ' ..which it's already accepted for :-) . I would really appreciate it!