DIY Star Wars TIE Fighter Bookshelf




About: Hi, I am Ashley. I am a geek and woodworker. I am author of the DIY and woodworking blog, Handmade with Ashley. I also have a YouTube channel where I share video tutorials. I have always been into crafts. M...

Hi, I'm Ashley. I'm a long time lurker and this is my very first Instructable!

Since the release of The Force Awakens, whenever I brainstorm new project ideas a Star Wars related idea always comes up! Today’s project just so happens to be another Star Wars themed project; it’s a TIE fighter bookshelf! I was able to make use of some scrap lumber I already owned. Paint was the only item I purchased for the project. Everything else I had on hand. Follow along and build one for yourself or the Star Wars fan in your life.


  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Ruler / straight edge
  • clamps
  • Orbital sander
  • Lumber
    • 3/4" thick plywood - 13" x 26"
    • 1x8 board - 48"
  • Gray paint
  • Black paint
  • 1" thick painter's tape
  • 1/2" thick washi tape (I used this as painter's tape)
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Screws

I originally shared this project on my DIY blog, Handmade with Ashley.

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Step 1: Cut the Wood to the Appropriate Sizes

Cut the sheet of plywood down into two 13" squares.

Cut the 1x8 board into two pieces 24" long.

Step 2: Cut Out the TIE Fighter Wing Shape

The TIE figher wings are shaped sorta like a hexagon. Use a jigsaw to cut out the shape.

  1. Draw a line from the midpoint of each side
  2. Mearsure 2" from the corner and create a line from that point to the midpoint.
  3. Cut along the diagonal lines

Step 3: Drill Pocket Holes

Create pocket hole joints to join the boards.

  1. Create 3 pocket holes on the long side of one of the 1x8 boards
  2. Create 2 pocket holes on the each short side of the 1x8 boards

Step 4: Paint the Bookshelf

Prep the surface of the lumber for painting. (You can assemble the shelf before painting. I painted half, then assembled the shelf and then painted the remaining half.)

First coat the shelf with a base of gray paint.

Once the base coat is dried, paint the TIE figher wings:

  1. Tape of border of the wing with 1" painter's tape
  2. Use tape to connect the opposing corners
  3. Use tape to create a small hexagon shape at the intersection of all the tape lines
  4. Paint the exposed area with black paint

While the wings are drying, paint the TIE fighter cockpit:

  1. Draw the shape of a semi-circle in the center of the 1x8 boards (If you are painting the shelf before assembling be sure to take that into account when you draw the semi-circles)
  2. Draw the shape of an octagon in the center of the joined semi-circles
  3. With 1/2" painter's tape (I used washi tape because I could not find painter's tape that thin), mask off from each point on the octagon to the outer circle (see picture).
  4. Paint the exposed area with black paint

Step 5: Assemble the Bookshelf

Join the 1x8 boards at 90 degrees. Attach the shelf to each wing.

Step 6: Seal the Project and Enjoy

Finally coat the shelf with your favorite sealer and start filling it up with books!

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    14 Discussions


    3 years ago

    ıts very creative thans for sharing


    3 years ago

    on a slightly bigger scale, it becomes a bench :D

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    3 years ago

    Great idea! The fighter works so well in this form. And doubles as a toddler bench :)


    3 years ago

    Totally awesome!!! Great work! Voted...

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    3 years ago

    Great job I'm going to make one like this as a bench. I also went to your website, you do fine work indeed, keep it up.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    thank you! :) Share a picture when you finish it. I'd love to see how it turns it out. :)


    3 years ago

    Nicely done! A strong start and welcome to the party! (we'll be watching your career with great interest)