Instructions for Making Folding Book Shelves

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Instructions for Making Folding Book Shelves
Book shelves help organise large numbers of books. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Folding book shelves are made to function a couple of different ways. They can be used to hold a large number of books when the unit is unfolded, hold a smaller number books when the unit is folded or be put into storage when the unit is folded. The process of building bookshelves that fold is not a lot more complicated than building normal bookshelves. The main difference in their construction is the use of hinges and making angled cuts on the wood.

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Things you need

  • Safety glasses
  • Tape measure
  • Protractor
  • 4 pine boards, 1-by-6-by-36-inches
  • 6 pine boards, 1-by-6-by-30-inches
  • Mitre saw
  • Screw gun
  • 24 wood screws, 3-inch
  • 2 hinges, 1-inch, w/screws

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  1. 1

    Cut one end of each 36-inch board from edge to edge at an 82-degree angle using your mitre saw. Do not alter the original length of the board.

  2. 2

    Lay two 36-inch boards on edge, 30 inches apart and so the angled ends are aligned. Position three 30-inch boards perpendicularly between them so they are at an 82-degree angle that is parallel with the ends of the boards. Space the 30-inch boards 10 inches apart. Screw through the 36-inch boards and into the ends of the 30-inch boards. Use six screws for this task. Repeat this step using the rest of the boards. These are the two pieces to your folding bookshelves.

  3. 3

    Set the two pieces to your bookshelves on the floor so the uncut ends of the 36-inch boards are against each other. The 30-inch boards should all be leaning towards the same direction. Lay a hinge on each pair of 36-inch boards so the pin on the hinge is over the joint created by the uncut ends of the 36-inch boards. Screw each half-hinge to each pair of boards.

  4. 4

    Position your bookshelf against the wall so the unit is resting flat on the angled cuts of the 36-inch boards, and so the hinges are facing the wall. Fold the shelves by their hinges to shorten the bookcase or to put in storage.

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