I needed a bookshelf because I had books all over the place on shelves that weren’t specifically made for books. They worked okay but I wanted something a little more purpose built. I didn’t want it to cost alot but I also wanted it to be something kind of unique because that is just the way I am.
So I came up with this idea to make a simple frame out of 2×4’s and use wire rope for the shelves. I thought I had everything measured out perfectly and the build went exactly as planned. I’m working in an apartment right now so I’m mostly limited to hand tools. And my trusty Kreg jig of course.
I was lucky to have wonderful weather where I could work on out the patio. You can see my fancy portable workbench out there. I was pretty impressed with it’s holding ability though.
I used the string to line up the shelves. I wanted to make them on an angle so I wouldn’t need to use bookends. The thinking is that gravity would hold the books upright.
These are the support pieces for the wire rope.
This is one end of the wire rope. The wire rope is looped through and eye bolt which allows me to tighten the wires. The other end is just through a hole in the 2×4 with a wire clamp on the end. I tuned them to about a ‘G’. That seemed to be the right tension. :)
This is some books on the bottom shelf. You will notice they are facing a different way than books normally do on a bookshelf. That is because this bookshelf is actually terrible at holding books. Oops.
Also the spacing on the wires allows some of the books to slip through even though I thought I measured for that.
The wires still have some sag in them even if I tighten them more because tightening one wire will make the other more loose by drawing the sides in. I was kind of surprised by that since we are talking about 2×4’s on edge being pulled in.
So I’m looking for suggestions on how to salvage this. My thought was to add plexi-glass shelves over the wire so it would still maintain the look of kind of invisible shelves but the books would have something more solid to sit on.
What do you guys think?
-- Kyle Shipp, http://battleshipp.blogspot.com