DIY Bookshelf Plans – Before committing to a set of bookshelf plans, I first decided to shop for pre-fab bookshelves, both online and at some discount furniture stores in the city. My plan is to look at various styles and prices before deciding what to buy. It didn’t take long to find that I really only had two choices in this matter; buy a rather expensive ugly particle board bookcase with fake wood laminate, or buy a very expensive wooden bookshelf that will stay in my family for the next 100 years.
Good things will be fun, but because I can’t afford to spend $ 800 at Ethan Allen now, I really live with one choice: bad bookshelves that are rather expensive. It’s disappointing to think this is my only choice. So now I see some bookshelf plans, which means I have to take on the job of building things from scratch. I started to like that idea. First, this is the only other choice that I can find to buy expensive bad bookshelves, and second, I like the idea of determining the level of quality (and cost) that I want to put into the project.
I don’t want bookshelves made from the cheapest materials around, but I also don’t need the most expensive ones. Building my own bookshelf will let me create something between these two extremes. I have done enough research on the Web, and I have found some guidelines that are quite simple to approach this kind of wood project. Overall, the good news is that you don’t need to be a hardwood worker to pull this thing out.
In fact, bookshelves are the perfect initial project for someone who has just built wood products. Maybe it’s a little more challenging than making a horse (which is also a good plan to start), but I think it’s important for beginners to make something they can like when everything is said and done. So let’s start with some of the basics of building a bookcase.
I assume that most people who try their first bookshelf project will not have a complete set of wooden power tools in their shop – things like viewing tables, press drills, router tables, planers, and all that. What I think about the first time a builder might (and should) have is a circular saw, router, and electric drill. It’s amazing what you can make with just a few affordable tools.