Library Shelving

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Introduction: Library Shelving

This 12'x15' room became the nicest room in the house.

Supplies:

  1. 3/4" Furniture grade Birch ply
  2. 1"x? Pre primed pine
  3. crown molding
  4. Base caps
  5. Chop saw
  6. table saw
  7. nail guns
  8. screw gun
  9. Kreg pocket hole j
  10. glue
  11. Paint

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Step 1: The Room Was a Blank Slate

This is an empty room in our house that was a make shift library formal living room without much storage for books.

Step 2: The Bookcases and Cabinets

Everything was made from 3/4" furniture grade birch plywood and pre-primed pine. The plywood was cut to size and the shelves are inset using a Dado blade set to the right size. This gives the shelves strength for the heavy books that will rest on them. Pine face frames are made with a Kreg pocket hole jig.

Step 3: Installing the Pieces

The bookcases were built in small manageable sections as I was doing this all alone. The sides of the entry are covered with this raised panel detail I made from pine and 3/4" MDF as it routers clean and is smooth for this application. I do NOT recommend using MDF for anything that entails strength!

Step 4: Base Moldings and Details

To tie it all together so it looks seamless I add the base moldings and detail molding.

Step 5: Prime and Paint

Prime and paint everything with a good primer. I use Zinsser Bulls eye water based primer and Benjamin Moore semi gloss Mayonnaise.

Step 6: Add Wainscot to the Walls

I added a simple wainscot to the walls that really ties it all together. The look goes a long way to make this room elegant. Same color as the shelves.

Step 7: Coffered Ceiling

The ceiling was a must to bring it all together. The beams were made from 1"x4" pine in my shop and then simply slide over 2"x4" already attached to the ceiling. Finished the inside with antique tin i simply clear coated and kept the age. Finished with solid crown inside each box.

Step 8: Almost Done

All the painting and detail work is done. Just waiting on the library ladder and some books!

Step 9: Finished Library

There are over 1000 books in here and still a ton more room for more. This has become one of our favorite rooms to sit and relax.

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    9 Discussions

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    stllbrown
    stllbrown

    9 days ago

    Beautifully done, and a wonderful instructable.

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    heaven69
    heaven69

    12 days ago

    The shelves look amazing. My fiance can do all this, but he just never has time. He's a master mechanic by trade. But does beautiful cabinetry also.
    What state do you live in? You should make yourself available to others to do these shelves. They're so awesome. I would love some for all of my yarn.

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    RoccoM
    RoccoM

    Reply 9 days ago

    Thanks, I'm an art teacher by day, wood worker and mechanic on the weekends. I live in NY.

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    DrJoMaVa
    DrJoMaVa

    13 days ago

    Looks great! How high is your wainscot? Is it base cap molding inside the panel openings? Thanks!

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    MrsWilson46
    MrsWilson46

    Question 13 days ago

    Beautiful! Could you give some guidance on the ladder installation?

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    punk chicken
    punk chicken

    13 days ago

    That has always been a part of my (imaginary) dream home.

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    jbuckingham68
    jbuckingham68

    13 days ago

    Looks great, nice ladder too!

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    15 days ago

    Those shelves are great and that room just turned out fantastic!