Build a Bespoke Bookcase
Add a graphic punch to your feature wall. This DIY bookcase also helps demarcate the living "room" in this open-plan space. Made from in-stock MDF boards, the unit's eye-catching interior comes courtesy of Blue Mountain's Mega Flowers wallpaper. Note: Once assembled this unit is heavy and awkward to move. We recommend that you assemble it as close as possible to the spot where you intend to display it.
- Create a cut list.
- Assemble the square frame
- Using a trim router
- Measure the frame diagonally
- Fill all holes with wood filler,
Create a cut list.
From three 4' x 8' sheets of ¾" MDF rip: two 12" x 96" strips for the side walls; two 12" x 94-1/2" strips for the top and bottom; one 11-3/4" x 94-1/2" divider; two 11-3/4" x 78-5/8" dividers; two 11-3/4" x 62-3/4" dividers; four 11-3/4" x 31" dividers; and two 11-3/4" x 15-7/8" dividers. Also cut 6-8 spacer blocks 15-1/8" for assembling.
Assemble the square frame
using the four 12" rips; glue and countersink the corners together using 1-1/2" #8 woodscrews.
Using a trim router
with guide and ½" double fluted bit, rabbet a 3/8" wide ¼" deep channel around the interior perimeter of the frame. Cut two 95-1/8" x 47-5/8" back panels from the 4' x 8' sheets of Masonite.
Measure the frame diagonally
to ensure that it's square, then dry-fit the dividers into the desired pattern. To install the dividers use the spacer blocks and attach with glue and 1-1/2" #8 woodscrews, making sure that they're flush to the front face of the frame
apply your wallpaper to the back panels and attach them to the frame and dividers using 18-gauge brad nails.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 4 hours
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