Flat Wall Bookholders

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About Project

Wall book holders keep kids books easy to put away and easy to access. Try them on blank wall spaces, top bunks, or throughout your home to add storage and style without much cost or investment. These shelves can be made for less than $5 each, or free if you have a stock pile of scraps.

Dimensions are either Small (short or long) or Large (short or long)

Preparation

Shopping List

For the Smaller Shelf
1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

For Larger Shelf
1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long (extra for the long larger shelf)

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
primer
paint
Cut List

Cut List for Small 24"
Shelf 2 - 1x4 @ 24" (Back and Bottom)
2 - 1x4 @ 6.5" (Sides, cut out as directed)
1 - 1x2 @ 24" (Guard Bar - sits inset, make 37 1/2" for outset)
1 - 1x2 @ 25 1/2" (Optional Top Ledge)

Cut List for Small 36" Shelf
2 - 1x4 @ 36" (Back and Bottom)
2 - 1x4 @ 6.5" (Sides, cut out as directed)
1 - 1x2 @ 36" (Guard Bar - sits inset, make 37 1/2" for outset)
1 - 1x2 @ 37 1/2" (Optional Top Ledge)

Cut List Larger 24" Wide Shelf
2 - 1x6 @ 24" (Back and Bottom Shelf)
2 - 1x6 @ 9" (Sides, Cut out as shown)
2 - 1x2 @ 25 1/2" ( Guard Rails - sits outset)
1 - 1x2 @ 25 1/2" (Optional Top Ledge)

Cut List For Larger 36" Wide Shelf
2 - 1x6 @ 36" (Back and Bottom Shelf)
2 - 1x6 @ 9" (Sides, Cut out as shown)
2 - 1x2 @ 37 1/2" (Sits outset, Guard Rail)
1 - 1x2 @ 37 1/2" (Includes 1 Optional Top Ledge)

Cutting Instructions

Carefully cut out the sides in a rounded pattern (see step 2) with a jigsaw. If you do not have a jigsaw, you can also just cut the sides off at a straight angle.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Jigsaw
Brad Nailer
General Instructions

In addition to general safety and building instructions, also note that you can build with screws or nails. If you choose nails, make sure you also use glue.

Instructions

Step 1

Small Shelf - Start by nailing the two 1x4s together as shown above. Use glue and nails at least 1 1/2" in your nailer. The above diagram shows the shelf rested on it's back.

Step 2

Small Shelf - Now add the sides and cut out as shown above. Just mark you start and end points and find a plate or lid and trace the desired angle and cut out with a jigsaw. Repeat the exact pattern on the other side by tracing your scrap piece from the cutout.

Step 3

Small Shelf - Add the shorter 1x2 as the guard, lining up the top edge of the 1x2 with the bottom of the curved cutout, as shown above. If you would like a second ledge, as I have shown above, take the longer 1x2 and nail to the top of the shelf.

Step 4

Larger Shelf - Back and Bottom. Start by nailing together the 2 1x6 bottom and back pieces, as shown above. In this diagram, the bottom piece is on the bottom.

Step 5

Step 6

Larger Shelf - Guards. Add the guards to the front, as shown above.

Step 7

Optional Top Ledge. If you choose, add the top ledge.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Finishing. Fill nail holes with wood filler and sand and finish as desired.

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