How to build corner bookshelves

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How to build corner bookshelves
Figure 1

Corner bookshelves are a good starter woodworking project. Making a corner bookshelf out of plywood can allow you to get a good grasp of working with a jigsaw or table saw. Regardless of the size and depth of the corner, you can use the method in this tutorial to make your own set of corner shelves to fill with books, decorations or knick-knacks.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Two 4x8 pieces of half-inch plywood
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Jigsaw or table saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Wood stain or paint

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the corner where you wish to put your shelf. You will want to take at least three measurements---a height measurement, a depth measurement along the wall and a width measurement from wall to wall. See Figures 1 and 2. You may also want to take a measurement from the point where the two walls meet and the width measurement from wall to wall.

    How to build corner bookshelves
    Figure 1
  2. 2

    Mark out and cut two triangles from a piece of the plywood. Two sides will be the length of your depth measurement along the wall and the third side will be the length of the wall-to-wall width measurement, shown in Figure 2. These will be the top and bottom of your bookshelf.

    How to build corner bookshelves
    Figure 2
  3. 3

    Mark out and cut two panels of plywood the length of your height measurement and the width of your wall depth measurement.

  4. 4

    Line the two pieces you cut out in Step 3, test them in the corner to make sure they fit and nail them together several times where the edges meet. See Figure 3.

    How to build corner bookshelves
    Figure 3
  5. 5

    Nail the top and bottom panels you cut out in Step 2 to the top and bottom of the V-shaped panels you created in Step 4.

  6. 6

    Measure the inside of your bookshelf, along the side panel and the front.

  7. 7

    Cut out two or three triangular shelf pieces using the measurements you gathered in Step 6.

  8. 8

    Decide where you want to place your shelves and hammer them in place from the outside. See Figure 4. You can also use brackets to screw them in place.

    How to build corner bookshelves
  9. 9

    Sand down any rough edges. Your bookshelf is ready to be painted or stained and finished.

  10. 10

    After it dries, set your bookshelf in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Always take care when using power tools. Make sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear when working with any wood-cutting tool.

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