Looking for something that's not only cheaper than the big box stores, but sturdier and made from solid wood? Cut out the particle board and veneers from your life with this super easy hack from the popular IKEA Lack bookcase. It retails for $130, but you can build your own for $30 each! I sprayed mine with a metallic chrome finish, but the options really are endless when you build for yourself instead of being limited to the manufacturer's opinions.
If you have children or pets in your home, it would be wise to secure these to the wall. They are extremely heavy, and would severely injure a small child or pet.
• 1 - 2 x 12 @ 12'
• 1 - 2 x 12 @ 16'
• 8 L-brackets
• 2 - 2x12 @ 72" (sides)
• 5 - 2x12 @ 36" (shelves)
You can easily get these boards cut down at your Orange or Blue for easy transport. Otherwise, take the boards home and cut with your favorite saw.
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Build your box by attaching the top and bottom shelf sandwiched between the two sides with 2 1/2" screws. Check for square. I would recommend not using a Kreg Jig™ unless you have the plugs, as you will easily see holes on the undersides of the shelves. Predrill and/or countersink your holes to prevent splitting.
On your sides, measure up 18" for the center of the first shelf, 36" for the center of the middle shelf, and 54" for the center of the third shelf. Predrill your holes where you've marked on each side, and attach your shelves with 2 1/2" screws. Keep checking for square on each shelf, and level as well. Predrill and/or countersink your holes to prevent splitting.
Attach two L-brackets on the bottom wall-side of your shelves for added stability.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.