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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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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