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« on: March 21, 2008 08:29:31 AM »

okay, well my boyfriend and I made it. it took us about two total days to do this. I got the idea by deciding not to go to class and watch HGtv all day. Anyway, its about 5 ft tall and about 5 ft wide, each shelf is 12 inches.

we went to home depot and used 2x8x6 wood, had it cut to the measurements:

Top & Bottom: 64 inches
Colomuns: 5ft
Shelves: 12 inches

(again all on the same size of wood, so that everything matched up.)

We used dark walnut stain and wood screws (we had a REAL problem with the wood screws) I suggest using dry wall screws if doing a similar project. So, needless to say- we had a ton of wholes from screws that were stripped and had to be removed. (i used painter's nail hole filler [which was easy to stain over])

This was the first time I stained anything, and I did not completely wipe off the extra stain so it was super sticky. I found that using pinesol would take away the tackiness.

I had two extra legs from my new couches and I used those on the bottom, i think it makes it look more sleek. (also allows for the bookshelf to be above the trim and sit flush against the wall)

To finish we mounted the shelf against the wall.

it's a bit crammed with stuff, but i'm a packrat and will not get rid of things i like... oh welllllllllll

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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2008 08:36:51 AM »

That's very cool. You have lots of cool stuff in it too. Grin

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2008 12:21:20 PM »

That's awesome! It looks like a lot of work but totally worth it for the result!
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2008 06:06:42 PM »

wow, thats impressive, it turned out beautiful
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2008 08:45:14 AM »

Wow, that looks awesome! I have a bookshelf fetish and this one is fantastic.

It looks really well made too!

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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2008 05:57:37 AM »

wow! ikea-esque!
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2008 01:05:13 PM »

I llove it! Grin Smiley
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2008 08:27:29 AM »

Great job!  Did you use pine?  About how much did it cost for all the wood?

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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2008 09:06:07 AM »

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i did use pine, because it was significantly cheaper than the others. for all the supplies including stain, nail hole filler and screws it was about $75. not too bad especially because of the size of the bookcase.

if you make/something similar i hope it turns out well!

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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2008 12:02:17 PM »

This is AWESOME! I love this style of bookshelf. I've been looking for something like this to store all of my sewing items, since I will soon be moving and will have a whole sewing room to myself!!!! This has inspired me to make something rather than spend even more money at IKEA than I already have. The price isn't too bad either, and you get the satisfaction of knowing you made that bookcase every time you look at it! Great job!  Grin

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