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Rustic Bookcase from Cedar Fence: A How-To | Killer b. Designs



Rustic Bookcase from Cedar Fence: A How-To

Remember a few months ago when we built that rustic bookcase for our media tower?

Well we built another one this weekend, this time out of new wood. The hub’s high school bestie offered to babysit Charlie while we went to see Hunger Games. She’s recently home from the service, moving to a new place, and also expecting her first little one! So as a thanks-homecoming-housewarming-baby present, we built her this:

A rustic style bookcase made from cedar fencing. I had some old fencing, but didn’t want to give her anything with chemicals or potential mold/splinters for her upcoming little one. I think I may have to make a few more to sell, I really loved this piece!

It took about an hour and a half to build, and $30 in lumber. We used glue and a nailgun to put it all together.

Cedar is an excellent wood too. It ages beautifully, and naturally repels bugs. It’s very aromatic too. Unlike the bookcase we built with one tall shelf and two shorter ones, we decided to divide it up evenly with 4 shelves.

I didn’t plan on having the 1×2 frame showing, but realized after it’s built that it does. If I build more, I think I’ll use cedar 1×2’s instead of whitewood so it blends in more.

Ready to learn how easy it is to build your own? The tutorial is below!

• 5 – 1×2 @ 8′
• 11 – cedar pickets
• glue
• nails
• sandpaper

Cut List:
4 – 1×2 @ 60″
10 – 1×2 @ 9.5″
4 – 1×2 @ 13.5″
wait to cut fence pickets for each step

Step 1: Build the sides
Using glue and 1 1/2 inch nails, build the sides by making a rectangle with two 60″ pieces and two 9.5″ pieces. Be sure to check for square.

Step 2: Make the Frame

Use glue and nails to attach the two sides together with four 13.5″ pieces.

Step 3: Attach shelf supports

Measure and mark sides at 15″, 30″ and 45″. Use glue and nails to attach 1×2 pieces at 9.5″. Make sure the pieces have the flat sides up. These will be what you nail your shelf pieces in to.

Step 4: Measure and attach your top slats

Measure the width of the top of your bookcase and cut two fence slat pieces. Attach with nails and glue.

Step 5: Measure and attach your side slats.

Measure the height of your sides including the new top slats. Cut two fence slats per side, attach with glue and nails. Make sure the front is flush, you may have a bit of overlap on the back.

Step 6: Measure and attach back slats.

Measure the height of the back of your bookcase, and cut 3 slats. We had a bit of overlap from the sides, but the backing fit snugly in between.

Step 7 – Make your shelving pieces

Measure your shelving space, and cut 8 pieces at that measurement (ours was 16.5″). Hold up a piece of scrap 1×2 and trace the outline. Notch out two outlines along the same side.

Step 8 – Fit your shelf backs

Use glue and nails to attach to your shelf supports. You may have to shave off a little width to fit them both inside.

Step 9 – Measure the outer sides, and rip slats for trim.

Our front measured 2 1/8″ and we were able to get two pieces from one board. We used the scrap for the shelf trim.

Step 10 – Attach your front trim

Use glue, and secure with nails.

Step 11 – Measure and attach your front trim.

We used the 1″ thick scrap from the first ripped board for the three inner shelves. Use the thicker width for the top and bottom trim.

Step 12 – Attach the top/bottom trim

Attach your last two pieces with glue and nails. That’s it! You’ve built a rustic looking bookcase! You don’t have to buy cedar pickets if you’re trying to keep costs minimal. A lot of people toss old fencing by the curb. I picked up a huge pile last week. This would make a really nice organizer for the back porch too, if you’re worried about residual chemicals/mold/bugs from reclaimed wood. Or you can just give it all a good scrubbing and bring it in the house. That’s what we did!

Anybody else get creative this weekend? What did you do?

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