How to make a small bookshelf
4 Ways to Build a Bookshelf - wikiHowShow less If books are overflowing from your desktop, stacked around your living room or stuffed into plastic milk crates, it may be time for a bookshelf. Building your own bookshelf is easy. We give you the steps below for building a small bookshelf, but you can easily adjust the measurements to construct a case that even more successfully meets your storage needs. Wood veneers:  Birch: best choice if you plan to paint your bookcase Maple: good base for a variety of stains Mahogany, Teak, Walnut, Cherry: These specialty woods may require a special order.
Build a BookCase Easy
The basic concept can be modified to create any size shelf system needed. One of the goals of this Instructable is to avoid the unnecessary overbuilding that I frequently see on this site, and that I see every day working in the residential construction industry. Many of the building methods we in the US use today are horribly wasteful despite the advances that have been made in materials science and structural engineering, because most people in the residential building industry, from architects and engineers to carpenters, are mired in tradition, doing things a certain way "because that is how it has always been done", rather than consulting the best available science, or even questioning their own assumptions about "the right way to do it".
Cheap, Easy, Low-waste Bookshelf Plans
Print one of these free bookshelf plans and you'll have everything you need to get started building a bookcase for any room in your house. The plans include diagrams, photos, step-by-step instructions, and sometimes even videos to help you along the way. Building a bookshelf is a fairly simple woodworking project that you can get done in just a day or two. It's a low-cost project as well and since the plan is free, you don't have to worry about busting through your budget. The free bookcase plans include a wide variety of bookcase styles and sizes so be sure to look through them all to find the best one for the space you have.
I was working at the condo again yesterday, and I reached a point where I had my fill of doing the non-fun stuff, like scraping wallpaper which I finally finished! So I decided to work on a fun, creative project. Then I realized I had a ton of leftover wood scraps from past projects, so I could just build something! I decided to build a bookshelf using only scrap materials. I started with some tongue-and-groove pine paneling boards that I had leftover from this bathroom makeover , and I cut them the height that I wanted my bookshelf, minus the top. So I cut them to 33 inches long, and I used nine of them.
These days, everyone seems to have more stuff than places to stuff it. We've heard complaints of a house-wide shortage of nooks and crannies, and a dearth of handy bins and baskets.
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