First Bookshelf - First anything
My wife and I just moved into a house about a year ago, and I'm finally getting around to some more cosmetic/leisure projects. The advent of Pinterest has also catalyzed the whole process. My wife has commissioned me to build a bookshelf in our formal living room. I have never built anything before, bookshelves included. There are so many guides online in regard to building shelves, but I have so many particulars, it's hard to know which one is best for my situation. I'd love any insight you could provide or any resources you could link me to.
- Stand alone bookshelves covering nearly the whole wall (140w x 108h). It won't be one big shelf, but rather split up into three sections, most likely. We're open to different plans and looks, but we like more asymmetrical looks.
- The backing will be assembled with pallet boards to provide a rustic look
- The shelving boards will be painted white, so there's no need for a wood that stains nicely.
- Circular saw, sander, hammer, drill, workbench, ratchets
- We like cost efficiency, but we don't want to sacrifice quality. If the tradeoff is worth it, we'll spend more.
- I have minimal knowledge of woodworking and minimal equipment
- I have people who can loan tools or help me once I have an idea of what I'm doing, so I may be able to do a little more than basics if I'm pointed towards an idea.
- What sort of plan would look decent but could be done by someone in my position? We're going for a rustic look, so it doesn't have to be a stained, ornate shelf.
- What sort of wood should we use? We don't need a nice staining wood, but we want a wood that won't have too many issues warping, that will hold up to use, is sturdy, yet is cost effective.
- What other tools would I need to borrow/purchase to make this happen?
Thanks in advance for all your help!
Last edited by bjrscj; 05-01-2013 at 11:03 AM.