|Project by John Olsen||posted 127 days ago||1674 views||6 times favorited||8 comments|
I inherited a large number of books this winter, so I needed more shelf space. I built another set of shelves like this one on the opposite wall several years ago, so the process went pretty smoothly. Differences on this set were one less shelf so taller books would fit, and I used oak edge banding on the oak veneer plywood instead of sawing and gluing solid edging to each shelf. It was my first try with the iron-on edging, and it worked really nicely.
The finish is 3 coats of clear poly.
You can see in one picture how I notched the shelves about 1 inch, and the supports 1 1/2 inches. The supports are 6 foot 1×3 solid oak, so actual size is 3/4×2 1/2.
The supports were all screwed down to the shelves before tilting the whole thing up as a pre-assembled unit, and screwing it onto the wall into the 2-foot spaced studs. It was easy to balance against the wall by putting it on top of a couple of folding chairs. I wanted it a little taller than the chairs, so my daughter figured out I needed two books of the tan set visible on the top shelf for each chair and one kid’s book that we happened to have two copies of. Who needs rulers?
Normally, this sort of shelf is put up with wedges underneath rather than screwing the shelves into the supports, but I wanted them to be permanent.
On the last picture, you can see my near-miss. Since I put the vertical supports right on the studs, I lucked out with my aim. I didn’t check this spot under the bottom shelf until I had all 12 screws holding the shelves tight to the wall.