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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.

6 Steps

  1. Create a cut list.
  2. Assemble the square frame
  3. Using a trim router
  4. Measure the frame diagonally
  5. Fill all holes with wood filler,
  1. Finally,
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Create a cut list.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Fill all holes with wood filler,

Step 5

Fill all holes with wood filler,

sand, prime and paint; lightly sanding between coats.

Finally,

Step 6

Finally,

apply your wallpaper to the back panels and attach them to the frame and dividers using 18-gauge brad nails.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

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Materials

  • Large bottle carpenter's glue
  • 18-gauge brad nails (approx 100)
  • 1 gallon primer
  • 1 gallon paint
  • 4" x 8"; sheet of MDF (3)
  • 4 x 8" sheet of & Masonite (2)
  • 1-1/2" #8 woodscrews (approx. 100)

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