Book Shelf With Inbuilt Book End.




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.

Sometimes your bookshelf is not very full....and all your books keep tumbling down!..
So I thought to make a book shelf with an inbuilt book end which is removable when your shelf is full!

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Step 1: Materials

For the book self
A=  2    8"x 6" x1/2" thick wood
B=  1    8"x 28"x 1/2" thick wood (the length you want your shelf to be)
C=  1    2"x 28" x 1" thick wood

For the book end
gesso/ filler
paint brushes
something to mix the cement and sand
clear tape
thick styrofoam (I used 1/2" would have been better to use 1" thick or more for the mold)
1/4" styrofoam for letters.
hotwire cutter
3" nut and bolt

Step 2: Make Your Shelf

Take your plank 'B' and find the center width wise. drill 2 holes 3" from edge on either side. draw a line on either side of the circles and cut with a jigsaw.
Attach the the two side panels  'A' to 'B'
Now attach the long Bar 'C' to the panels of 'A' please refer pictures.
Make sure to glue and use screws as they are stronger than nails.
On the long bar 'C' mark and drill 2 holes. I drilled a small and large hole attached (like a key hole) so it would be easier to remove
Sand and prepare it for painting.
i added texture to the side panels.
To find out how to do this check this

Step 3: Book End

To make your book end

Cut the styrofoam in to small rectangles according to the measurements you want with a box cutter.
Cover one side with clear tape (this is so you can grease it and also for easy removal...and you can reuse it.)
then make your box by pinning the styrofoam...reenforce with masking tape.
Print out your letters (I printed A & Z) , then transfer it with carbon to the styrofoam.
Then Cut your letters with a hotwire cutter and glue it in the mirror image on the sides of the inside panel. mark the bottom square on styrofoam...find the center and mark it. pass your bolt through halfway and attach to the square box.
fill with concrete and let dry.
Once dry...remove from mold and remove the embedded styrofoam
For more details check this instructable.

Step 4: Make Knob and Paint

To make a knob I used my drill and hole saw and cut 2 circles of different sizes. I then glued them together and covered the top hole with a bit of glue and Styrofoam. The hole was perfect for my bolt. You could leave it like that or embed the nut into the knob. I'm sorry but i don't have pictures of that step.

Step 5: Paint

filled the holes with wall filler and painted whole thing blue...make sure the paint goes inside the gaps where the letters are.
once dry i painted colored of course can paint it however you like!
Insert the book end with the bolt through the slotted plank...tighten where you want with the knob under. Done!
Now if you have less books you don't have to worry about them falling down :-D

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    Shazni... I found it by surprise while I was admiring your achievement list in your profile, this is a genius Idea :). And I see that you own Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts. Did you win it any contests ;-) or you bought it. I would love to know your feedback about the book please.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! well...My sister bought it for me when she went to a book's very western in the products...meaning you can get most of the in soap making in western Sri lanka...well...I'm yet to find some of the things....Perhaps you can find it in India??


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I showed it to my office colleague,because she has her own library.We are very impressed with this idea.Thanks for posting.My friend is doing one like this but much bigger in size.I like it so you get my vote.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction definitely does... though if the paper is really flimsy and way too long... it might flop slightly on the top...but not fall. hope that helps :-)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    would love to have 1 or 2 of these... fantastic idea :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I love your idea. Having all the tools at home ,I just don't have enough time to do these nice stuffs you post.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great idea. I can see so many applications and variations off of your innovative development. Nice work!

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks a lot! i love your work ...especially the rainbow wood stuff and the rustic decor of the autumn leaves.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    That's very nice of you to say - thanks. I'm working on making a crosscut fence for my table saw that requires several t-track sliders. I was going to buy commercial aluminum t-track, but I think I'll take a stab at creating my own out of wood after seeing your wood slider track that you built for your book end stopper. I always love seeing your projects come in to the site. Many of them have a lot in common in terms of look and feel with much of what I make. Digital high five, Noah


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! :-D (big grin!) looking forward to your projects too!