Don’t Buy It, Build It: How to Build Your Own Bookshelf

Your woodworking shop is all set up and you are anxious to try out your skills. You want to start with something that will be fairly simple but practical. Why not consider a bookcase? A bookcase can do double duty, both holding books and knick knacks along with serving as a room divider or even a makeshift end table or nightstand.  Listed before are some tips to help simplify the process.

  • After choosing your bookcase design, select your wood. Oak is a good choice because of its strengthen. Take your time when selecting the boards. Pick nice straight flat boards and pay attention to the grain pattern. The grain will determine the final look of the bookcase.
  • Depending of your level of woodworking experience, if you feel comfortable purchase complete boards and cut them yourself. But don’t waste money, if you have any hesitation at all in your skill level; ask the lumberyard to cut the boards to your specifications.
  • Familiarize yourself with all instructions, don’t cut corners and don’t rush. This is a piece of furniture that you will want to enjoy for many years to come so make sure it’s perfect!
  • Before painting or finishing it’s important to remove the top and finish both sides. Wood finishes slow the absorption of humidity into the wood. If only one side of the wood is finished there will be differing moisture levels that can cause warping.

Ready to get started? Stop by Schutte Lumber Company at 3001 Southwest Blvd today for all your lumber and other construction materials.


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