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Knock Off Bookcase A tutorial by Dittle Dattle www.dittledattle.blogspot.com

Knock Off Bookcase

Knock Off Bookcase A tutorial by Dittle Dattle www.dittledattle.blogspot.com
Knock Off Bookcase A tutorial by Dittle Dattle www.dittledattle.blogspot.com

A tutorial by

Dittle Dattle

Materials Needed:

Materials Needed:

1 cheap laminate 5 shelving unit (shelves removed)

10 - 1” x 2”x 8’ pine boards (furring strips)

2 - 1” x 2” x 28” scrap boards

1 12 foot Base Molding 3¼ x ½

1 Plywood sheet (optional)

Finish nails

Gorilla Wood Glue & Gorilla Stronger Faster Glue

Spackle

Sand paper/sander

Primer & paint

Making the cuts:

Sand paper/sander  Primer & paint Making the cuts: Cut six 1 “x 2” x 8’

Cut six

1“x 2” x 8’ boards down the same height as the shelf. My shelf measured 6 foot tall. I found these furring strips for .83 cents each!

Measure each shelf width (mine measured 28”) and make four cuts at that measurement out

Measure each shelf width (mine measured 28”) and make four cuts at that measurement out of the remaining boards. The laminate unit had 4 shelves but I decided to only use 3 of the shelves (as shown on page 1).

I decided to only use 3 of the shelves (as shown on page 1). You’ll need

You’ll need to cut two scrap wood to fit at the top and at the bottom (again mine measured 1”x2”x28”). This will give you a place to nail the molding. This really could be anything you have laying around. It doesn’t even need to be painted because it will not be seen. Go ahead and glue and nail in place. Nail from the sides of the shelf into the ends of the boards.

I waited to cut the molding after the next

***You could cut the molding now or wait. following steps.

Pre-Assemble:

Pre-Assemble: Lay two of the long side boards together, nail and glue the board s to

Lay two of the long side boards together, nail and glue the boards to create an “L” shape.

(Pictured below)

the board s to create an “L” shape. (Pictured below) Apply spackle over any nail holes
the board s to create an “L” shape. (Pictured below) Apply spackle over any nail holes

Apply spackle over any nail holes and imperfections on all the boards. Allow spackle to dry and then sand all the boards.

I painted all the long boards, shelf boards, and the long molding piece before assembling. However, you could opt to wait until after assembling to paint.

Assembling:

Assembling: 1. On one side, apply one of the single long boards to the back edge
Assembling: 1. On one side, apply one of the single long boards to the back edge

1. On one side, apply one of the single long

boards to the back edge of the shelf with glue and nails.

*CAUTION: Use nails about 1¼”.

that the nail does not go through the other side.

2. Next glue and nail on the “L” shape long

board to the front corner. Only nail on the board facing the side and not the board facing the front. This helps avoid nail holes in the front.

3. Measure and cut the molding to fit

between the long boards. Glue and nail molding with the tapered edge facing down

at the top of the shelf.

Take care

4. Glue and nail molding with the tapered

edge facing up at the bottom of the shelf.

Repeat all steps for the other side.

5. Cut, glue, and nail molding to the front top of the shelving unit. Place
5. Cut, glue, and nail molding to the front top of the shelving unit. Place
5. Cut, glue, and nail molding to the front top of the shelving unit. Place

5. Cut, glue, and nail molding to the front top of the shelving unit. Place molding with tapered edge facing down.

6. Repeat by cutting, gluing, and nailing

molding to the bottom of the shelf.

*OPTIONAL*

Cut a piece of thin plywood to replace the cardboard backing that comes with the laminate shelving unit.

Prime and paint.

Nail to the back of the shelf.

I did this and I honestly feel it made a world of difference both in stability and appearance.

*I moved the shelving unit into place, put back in the shelves, and then completed the rest of the steps.

7. With Gorilla Glue, clamps, and a small square, apply the four small wooden pieces

7. With Gorilla Glue, clamps, and a small square,

apply the four small wooden pieces to the bottoms of each shelf.

Each board is glued and clamped into place. NO nailing. The boards set back in from the edge just a bit.

I used a tiny square to align each board to assure the same distance on each shelf. You could easily use a piece of cardboard to create a template.

could easily use a piece of cardboard to create a template. If you use this Gorilla

If you use this Gorilla glue, you need to slightly dampen the wood and then apply a small amount of glue.

Apply the glue near the back of the board. This glue foams up as it dries.

If you apply to much and it comes out near

the front,

wipe

with

a

damp cloth

immediately.

Clamp and allow drying for 1 hour.

8. Apply spackle to cover all nail holes. I remove spackle over already painted wood

8. Apply spackle to cover all nail holes.

8. Apply spackle to cover all nail holes. I remove spackle over already painted wood with

I remove spackle over already painted wood with a slightly dampened cloth.

9. Touch up nail holes with paint. Step back and enjoy!

a slightly dampened cloth. 9. Touch up nail holes with paint. Step back and enjoy! Knock-off
a slightly dampened cloth. 9. Touch up nail holes with paint. Step back and enjoy! Knock-off

Knock-off Bookcases

set side by side!