Thursday, February 8, 2018

DIY Bookcase - Tutorial

1" x 12" x 8' (2) - Poplar (shelves/sides)
1" x 3" x 8' - Poplar (front/back/sides - Base pieces)
2" x 3" x 8' - Whitewood Stud (Legs)
5mm x 2' x 4' - Project Panel (Back panel of bookcase)
Liquid Nails 
Caulk Gun
Kreg Jig Screws

Miter Saw
Tape Measure
Pneumatic Nail Gun/Staple Gun
36" Clamps (4)

This was so fun to make, and we love how it turned out!
I have some rearranging to do, so it's not in his room know I couldn't wait to style it.
I'm going to warn you now that these pictures are going to rock your world! Just kidding.
We did most of this when the kids went to sleep, so crappy nighttime IPhone pictures comin' at  ya!
We are by no means experts, but this is how we chose to do it.
Okay, let's dive in... 

Picking out good lumber is the most time consuming part of any project for us.
It's important to look the wood over for imperfections/bowing.
This will save you A LOT of headaches!
We went with poplar, because I didn't want the knots from pine.
A little more expensive, but worth it in the end.
I think we spent around $110 for the wood in case you're curious.
Once we had all of our wood picked, we asked a worker to cut our top, bottom, sides and middle shelf for us.
We had it all planned out, so knowing the measurements ahead of time saved us extra cuts at home.
Here's what we were working with once we got home...

We applied liquid nails and clamped the pieces together.
You'll definitely want two people for this part as it's a little tricky. 
Be sure to wipe off any excess glue.

The Kreg Jig is my favorite! Don't be intimidated if you've never used one. So easy!

There was only one choice for 2" x 3" boards, so we made sure to cut the legs so that the knots would face the inside.

I filled all of the nail/kreg jig holes and finished it up with two coats of primer and one coat of paint.
I'm so happy with how it turned out!
Maybe one day he'll think it's cool that his parents made this?
Stay tuned.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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