Sunday, August 23, 2015

I Did It Again - Flat Book Shelf #2

If by chance, anyone was wondering what happened to me in the past few months, being laid off on maternity leave should explain it all.  While I didn't stop being crafty, it sure put a kibosh on the time I could devote to my blog.  While THE job is still elusive, I am currently working a relatively steady contract job that pays well.  (Prayers and good vibes from any willing to give them, are greatly appreciated.)

My daughter's room is the smallest of our 3 bedrooms, and with a single bed, crib and dresser/change table, there just wasn't any space for a bookshelf.  Well before my daughter joined our family, I had decided that I wanted to build a flat bookshelf like the one I had already built for my boys' room.

While similar in many ways, the space behind the door in my daughter's room was a bit larger, so I made the bookshelf deeper by using 1x4's by the side rails instead of 1x3's.  I also changed up my materials list a bit to save a little cash, and I had learned a few things while building my first bookshelf that I put to good use on this project.

Let's start with my revised materials and cuts list.

  • 3 1x4x8s poplar
  • 5 1x2x8s poplar
  • 1 1/4inch screws
  • 1 5/8inch screws
  • Tape measure
  • Miter saw
  • Wood glue
  • 2 1x 4s at 6 feet
  • 6 1x4s at 23 inches
  • 3 1x2s at 23 inches
  • 12 1x2s at 24.5 inches
Since I love the rustic look that I achieved in the first version, most of my screws are visible, however I added pocket holes to the bottom of each shelf to connect to the bottom bars.

Once everything was cut, sanded and pocket holes added to the bottom of the shelves, I started to put this sucker together.  I started marking where I wanted my shelves to be placed and started gluing and clamping them to the side 1x4s. I used 1 5/8 inch screws to attach the shelves.

NOTE:  All non-pocket hole screw attachments were predrilled and counter.

Since I only have 2 of each size clamps, I started adding the front bars to the shelves that I had already attached, while attaching other shelves further towards the top.  Each pocket hole required a 1 1/4 inch screw, while the visible, front screws were 1 5/8 inch.

With one of these guys already under my belt, one of the most important things that I had learned (among others) was that the top attachment bar that I had use in my first go forced the books forward and stole valuable space.  As a result, I put the top attachment bar under the top most shelf.  I added 3 attachment bars after the shelves where in place, making sure to leave enough space at the bottom shelf for the bottom most attachment bar.  I placed one under the shelf that I considered the middle most shelf, and one under the top shelf.

More step by step pictures are available with my first Flat Book Shelf post.

I finished her off with 2 coats of Polycrylic clear coat, sanding between the coats.  This beauty was installed (with Grandpa's help, again!) by using the attachment bars with a screw into the studs as I did before.  

Uh oh!  Where are the books?

Oh, there they are!

It sure looks good!  And my big man did me a favor by making it look like he was interested in the books in his baby sister's room.  :)

Let me know if you have any questions about the build.  I would love to answer them.

Until next time.  Hopefully sooner than this time.  :)


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  1. WOW! Such a great idea. And I am very jealous of your woodworking skills! You make it looks so easy, but I'd probably lop off a finger or tow! We used IKEA Ribba shelves for our son's book nook, but I love the look of your shelves. I'd want a whole wall of them!

    1. Jen, I can understand being worried about removing a finger! I check before every cut, that my digits are out of harms way. Also, you can have the guys at Lowes or Home Depot do the cuts for you, if you have worked out your measurements before hand, and assembly is not that difficult. My biggest problem with completion was finding the space, since we don't have a garage and the bookshelves are tall.

  2. This is awesome! My son has a walk in closet that is pretty much not in use so I thought about making it into a book nook area and I love this idea.

    1. Wow, a walk in book nook! That is a great idea. This bookshelf is very easy to put together with or without crazy woodworking skills, so I say go for it!

  3. This looks great - something I definitely need in my daughter's bedroom!

    1. Thanks, Marina! It sure has been useful for us.

  4. Kelley, this is amazing! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world! Feel free to share this post at my Before & After party which is currently live. Here is the link if you want to check it out. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Thanks, Kathryn. I am checking out your party! I always love looking at new ideas.