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!
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.
• 5 – 1×2 @ 8′
• 11 – cedar pickets
4 – 1×2 @ 60″
10 – 1×2 @ 9.5″
4 – 1×2 @ 13.5″
wait to cut fence pickets for each step
Step 2: Make the Frame
Step 3: Attach shelf supports
Step 4: Measure and attach your top slats
Step 5: Measure and attach your side slats.
Step 6: Measure and attach back slats.
Step 7 – Make your shelving pieces
Step 8 – Fit your shelf backs
Step 10 – Attach your front trim
Step 11 – Measure and attach your front 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?