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Topic: Got books? How about a nice Book Bookshelf?  (Read 60709 times)
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McJulie-O
« on: June 01, 2006 07:42:51 PM »

Soooooooo, our Friends of the Library have books left over after our annual Book Sale, and we offered gleaning rights to the Women's Shelter and the Children's Shelter, and the VA Hospital, and various other groups, and there were STILL books left over.

I hate the thought of books going to the dumpster, or to the landfill!!! But what's a body to DO??!!!

Enter the idea of a Bookshelf made from books............and.........TA DAH!



They were DOOMED  Embarrassed, marked for DESTRUCTION  Tongue,

.........and they've been SNATCHED from the JAWS of DEATH ITSELF! Kiss

Transformed into USEFUL Shelves of BEAUTY!!  Cool Cool  Roll Eyes

As hard as it is for me to deface a book, or to disrespect one in any way: my husband says that there should be a disclaimer tag on each one saying "No book actually worth reading has been harmed in the making of this project."
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2006 07:44:30 PM »

Wow, that's an awesome idea! Our library's book sale isn't until September, but never know what one can find at a garage sale.
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2006 07:52:01 PM »

That's fantastic! How is it attached to the wall?
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mmmfruit
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2006 08:22:27 AM »

that's great! i'd love to know also how you made this:  how the books are attached, and how you attached them to the wall.
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2006 08:27:47 AM »

This is awesome! I feel like I'm looking at something from Ready Made.

How'd you do it?
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McJulie-O
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2006 07:13:45 PM »

It's attached to the wall by a pair of picture hangers placed stud distance apart, so the anchoring screws can be attached to studs behind the sheetrock. The books cut into supports on the bottom are mostly decorative although they might prevent the shelf from torquing or twisting off the wall.

Would you like a tutorial for the rest of the shelf?
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mmmfruit
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2006 07:36:09 PM »

Sure thing! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2006 05:40:53 AM »

OMG that's very cool...  It made me think of Kramer's Coffee Table Book (on Seinfeld)!  LOL  Very Literal!
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McJulie-O
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2006 04:46:50 PM »

Well, you start with books that have nice covers but no future, and you're going to want to "gut" them (except for the two end books which need to have pages showing on the end to verify that they are real books) Use a band saw to cut the pages and then a craft knife to separate them from the spine.













Update: Since Yahoo closed its photo hosting I've migrated these to Photobucket, and Voila! Pictures!
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Yttrai
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2006 05:12:36 PM »

A) I looked at all the photos in this album, and i'm totally ready to try this myself.

B) I'm very glad the PChem book is on the shelf on and not a sacrifical victim.

C) I recognise the books themselves!  Readers' Digest Condensed, yes?  My parents have THOUSANDS of those.  I can make hundreds of these shelves after i visit them later this summer.

Your shelf is phenominal and would make a great gift as well.

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