How to Make a Bookshelf

Looking to tackle a basic DIY project that combines storage solutions with a love of reading?  In this installment of DIY Smarts, we’re going to show you how to make a diy kids bookshelf with some simple materials and know-how.

Here’s a rundown of the tools and materials you’ll need for the project:

  • Saw horses
  • Good quality 1×12 pine boards
  • A fine grit sanding block
  • Paintbrush
  • Chalk paint
  • Spindles or chair legs x 24 of 2 different sizes
  • 8 bun feet for the bottom
  • 8 finials for the top
  • Threaded rods
  • T-nuts
  • Hanger bolts
  • Drill
  • Drillbit
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Clamps
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil

Below are the steps to follow in order to assemble the bookshelf:

  • If not purchased to size, cut your pine boards to the length of your bookshelf
  • Sand all sizes of the pine boards with the sanding block
  • Apply two coats of the chalk paint with your paint brush
  • Lay out your spindles and identify which size will be used for the larger spaced shelves and which for the shorter spaced shelves – 8 will be used to hold up each shelf
  • Drill holes into the end of the spindles
  • Hammer the T-nuts into the holes
  • Screw the bolt into the T-nuts, using pliers if needed
  • Clamp the boards together and measure where the spindles will be placed, marking with a pencil
  • Drill the holes for the spindles through both pieces of wood clamped together
  • Starting with the bottom shelf first, screw the bun feet onto the threaded rods and spindles on the upper side of the shelf
  • Repeat the process with each subsequent shelf and top off the bookshelf with the finials

Voila!  You’ve just built yourself a bookshelf that’s lightweight, handsome and functional.  Way to go!

Looking to tackle a basic DIY project that combines storage solutions with a love of reading?  In this installment of DIY Smarts, we’re going to show you how to make a diy kids bookshelf with some simple materials and know-how.

Here’s a rundown of the tools and materials you’ll need for the project:

  • Saw horses
  • Good quality 1×12 pine boards
  • A fine grit sanding block
  • Paintbrush
  • Chalk paint
  • Spindles or chair legs x 24 of 2 different sizes
  • 8 bun feet for the bottom
  • 8 finials for the top
  • Threaded rods
  • T-nuts
  • Hanger bolts
  • Drill
  • Drillbit
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Clamps
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil

Below are the steps to follow in order to assemble the bookshelf:

  • If not purchased to size, cut your pine boards to the length of your bookshelf
  • Sand all sizes of the pine boards with the sanding block
  • Apply two coats of the chalk paint with your paint brush
  • Lay out your spindles and identify which size will be used for the larger spaced shelves and which for the shorter spaced shelves – 8 will be used to hold up each shelf
  • Drill holes into the end of the spindles
  • Hammer the T-nuts into the holes
  • Screw the bolt into the T-nuts, using pliers if needed
  • Clamp the boards together and measure where the spindles will be placed, marking with a pencil
  • Drill the holes for the spindles through both pieces of wood clamped together
  • Starting with the bottom shelf first, screw the bun feet onto the threaded rods and spindles on the upper side of the shelf
  • Repeat the process with each subsequent shelf and top off the bookshelf with the finials

Voila!  You’ve just built yourself a bookshelf that’s lightweight, handsome and functional.  Way to go!