How to make a DIY BOOKSHELF|| Home Office or Homeschool Room||Step by Step Tutorial

hello my friends and welcome back to another great episode today we are going to be talking about how to make a bookshelf so let's get started for home improvement advice where we help you save more so that you can do more in your home hit that bell and subscribe today so that you don't miss a single episode today i'm going to show you the process that we went through to build a bookshelf for our homeschool room now the reason what led to this was we had numerous bookshelves that we had kind of filled to capacity but what i found out was it was very hard to keep buying the same bookshelf to pre-assemble whether that was at walmart or target it either was taller a little thicker so we decided why not consolidate all of our books into one main area of the house and so that's what we did so i want to show you step by step what we did and hopefully this is a solution for you we first had to determine how long of a bookshelf we wanted against the main wall we did have to consider that there is a light switch in the middle of the wall which is a little wonky so we decided to stop the bookshelf short of the light switch so that we didn't have to reach through in order to turn the light on i'll then describe to you the decision the second decision that we made as far as either making it a straight bookshelf or having it go around the corner and we did decide in a corner but i'll tell you that design when we get a little further i really did not intend to build a bookshelf i was very happy trying to find something online or in a local store but as i started doing research the size and this and the color that i wanted was anywhere in excess of eight hundred to a thousand dollars and i knew i just wasn't going to put that much into a bookshelf at this time so left brain did the measurements we ended up buying 12 boards that were eight feet long 10 inches wide and we stained them instead of painting them because again this was a i was i thought i was just going to go out and buy bookshelves and put them together so this was a weekend project it was a very fast weekend project so we did with stain instead of painting in order for it to dry quicker one thing that i did learn about stain and i haven't stained a lot of things because i don't like the wood grain personally it's not the style that is for me but we did this because we knew it was going to dry a little quicker and so we did apply it with a cloth we ended up buying a bag of cloth instead of trying to go and see how many uh t-shirts we could use for this project it does take a lot of cloth but once you put the stain on it you do all the sides and the ends which we you know we did for all the boards because we were not going to have a lot of excess wood we're going to use every bit of it and no matter what vantage point you were looking at either from the bookshelf from underneath or if you're looking down onto the shelves we wanted it to be stained so we did every portion of the wood once you do the stain then we went back through and we made sure that we wiped off that there was no puddling or anything on it so that we could get the excess off then we used a lacquer with just a chip brush or you know a cheap old brush because we were going to throw the brush away when it was finished and we went around and did every portion of the stain to kind of seal it in also to help it dry a little quicker and that did work the first boards that we did didn't do it as quick so that's why we went to plan b we researched and saw the lacquer would really help it it does stink so this is definitely not an indoor project for us it was an outdoor project as you can see and it did take a better part of the afternoon to do but in the end i was very very glad that we did this because it was definitely a lot quicker and faster we also might i mentioned that we did this we did all the staining and lacquer before we cut the boards so that we could make sure that every little bit of it was done now when we did cut the boards we did two-fifth section and then we did a six foot section and i want you to see right here because when you do cut you want to make sure that since you're doing a bookshelf you know you want to be pretty sleek looking we used a file to file off any of the edges or rugged portions of the board because those were going to be you know we're going to be using the shelf at a lot of time and i didn't want to get a splinter anywhere so that's something that you definitely want to do before you assemble your bookshelf the corner of the wall is a little wonky as well and again this is old houses so this is what you deal with and instead of trying to fix that we just thought well we'll just design the corner around it so we ended up cutting the base to be two feet in length and we built a little shelf because then we were going to assemble the bookshelf above that we wanted to make sure that it was nice and anchored into the wall and we're ryobi and dewalt fans you can see which one we both like so while andy put in the drills i came behind him and did the screws and that just makes the assembly of it go a lot quicker now after and sorry about the camera going in and out i don't know why it was doing that but once we established the base we brought in the shelves the pieces that we had cut and the two sides and we assembled it inside instead of outside because it was going to be significant as far as eight feet tall and it ends up being nine feet tall or we have large ceilings um but we assembled it inside in order to make it a little easier for transportation now what we did was we put the two sides and then we accounted for the bottom shelf and so that's why it was i believe it's 12 inches up every 12 inches we measured from the bottom of the shelf and went aside and we have one two three four five six shelves so it ends up being seven shelves when you count the base one um what we did find out was uh andy did the pilot holes and then i came around and did the screws but it is hard to get it to attach at first so that's why you see andy holding it on because it wanted to wiggle a little bit by the time we got to the other side it was a lot easier now hindsight 2020 i still would assemble it inside and i probably would have waited a day or two in between painting and lacquering sorry staining and lacquering and bringing it in because it still stuck the house up with the with the fumes but again i was trying to get it done so that i could get home school started and it just is what it is once we got the one side done we came around to the other side andy drilled the pilot holes and this is again a trick that we've learned is that if you can have two drills going one that is doing the pilot holes and the other person coming around and doing the screws it really does make the assembling um much quicker this particular one this particular piece that we're working on is going to be for the short wall so it is two inches and so we did not brace in between i'm sorry i said two inches two feet we did not brace in between the two feet we felt that the screws that we used and the distance the length would not cause any bowing so we were very happy with uh this result so far so so in this next section you'll notice it did take two of us to lift it i thought it was heavier than what i anticipated and sorry about the camera it's gonna go in and out of focus for a couple seconds and then it focuses but we left 10 inches from the wall because we're gonna butt the second bookshelf up against that and make a corner so that we didn't have wasted space going in i just knew that if i had a book up against the wall i would probably lose it um so this the design that we chose i thought was a lot better but what that left was a 10 inch gap of which we needed to make sure that the bookshelf was safe against the wall so that wouldn't come toppling down so what we ended up doing is we drilled into the existing wall on the left side which was very sturdy and then on the right side we created a we just put a spare piece of wood and wedged it up against there so that we had plenty of support on that sidewall then we went to the next side this span was going to be six feet in length again we built the bottom bookshelf in order to anchor it up against the wall and we did use anchors underneath of it which you can't see in this particular picture and then again we went through and we used the two eight foot boards and this time we recruited help so again if you have children and this is for the homeschool room they love at least our kids love to be part of the renovations that we do do so we gave our oldest a drill and he went around and he actually took my job so i just sat there and made sure everything was straight and that is one thing that i have learned from working with the left brain is that you always want to make sure that those bookshelf uh are the the shelves are square because when if not then it gets all wonky and this thing this bookshelf is definitely built to last but you again we went through and did the pilot holes and we did the screws however because it was a six foot span we did want to make sure that it was supported in the middle so we did [Music] use uh pieces of the and we had planned ahead for that we we used pieces of the 1×10 in the middle of it in order to support the middle so the side the first shelf that we did is a two feet span leaving ten inches from the wall and then when you look directly at the wall that's a six foot span of which we divided by three feet with a support in the middle just so that we didn't have any bowing because that was really something specific that we did not want to happen so one thing that andy did to help us keep the bookshelves in line with the one that was already on that we had already attached was on the inside of the long strip we measured up and then drew a line so that when you put the cut bookshelf in between you didn't have to remeasure it again you had it in line so you could drill your pilot hole and then do your screw so that was one thing that you want to keep in mind as you are assembling your six shelves to make sure that one they're the right height and two that they match the bookshelf that you're going to be judging but butting it up against and i gotta say it again it really is awesome to be able to allow your kids to learn how to use tools and to be part of the projects that you do and in this case i am hoping that they will actually put their books back on the bookshelf that they have built so it's one of my goals and we'll see if that happens hey thanks for joining us today on how to make a bookshelf we'll make sure that you know in the description below there is a checklist that you can use in order to help with your home improvements so if you want to go ahead and grab that today it's free for you if you check in the link below we want to make sure that also please subscribe and hit that bell 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