This is a simple bookshelf I made some time ago.
It is made with metal frame and MDF.
Let's see how you can make it too.
Step 1: The Design
- 800mm height
- 300mm width
- 1200mm length
- 340mm between the shelves
I used L-shape metal bar, the dimensions are:
- 3mm thickness
- 20mm length
Then, I placed the MDF planks on the racks
Step 2: Materials and Tools
- MDF wood
- L-shape metal bar
- Arc welder
- Metal Cuting Wheel
Step 3: Frame Cut
I went to the local hardware store to buy and cut the following L-shaped bars:
- 4 pieces 80cm long (for the legs)
- 6 pieces 120cm long (shelf frame)
- 4 pieces 30cm long (shelf frame)
I did not made a frame for the middle shelf.
You can adjust the dimensions according to your needs.
Step 4: Shelf Frame Assemply
Before the assemply of the shelves, take each one of the 4 small pieces and make a cut on both ends, so that it can 'hug' the long pieces (see pictures).
Weld just a bit on the outside surface, so that it can be a nice rectangle frame.
As it is welded a bit to keep its shape, turn it over carefully and then weld it properly underneath.
Make 2 of those frames (for the upper and lower shelf of the library).
Step 5: Bookshelf Assemply
When the shelf frames are done, just weld the legs on the outside of the frames (as in the first picture).
The top shelf goes all the way to the top of the legs.
The bottom shelf is about 6cm from the lower end of the legs.
Now the library should be like a big iron framed box.
The middle shelf is nothing more than the 2 remaining 120cm long bars, welded between the two shelves.
To prevent the books from falling, add a 3x20mm straight bar on each side, that connects the top and the bottom shelf.
Step 6: Wooden Shelves
I used 3 MDF planks (29x120)cm and 19mm thick.
Because of the thickness, the wood is about 2mm above the frame (you could use 17mm thick mdf, if you want the frame and the wood to be at the same height).
Step 7: The End
And... the bookshelf is ready!‼
The universal law of horizontal surfaces dictates that once they exist, they are occupied. Τhe bookshelf isn't the exeption, so after some time it's hard to find an empty space and mess is inevitable !! :P