As soon as I seen this bookshelf...
I know I wanted it!!
This one is made from metal and is $2800
Nurseryworks recreated it using MDF for $850
Well neither were in my budget so I did my best to try and recreate my own version with some left over lumber.
Here's my tutorial:
I used 3 2x6's for the center trunk cut to 7ft
and different sized 1x6 pieces for the
6 shelves between 2ft and 4 ft each
the trimmed off pieces are the branches.
Gorilla glue and a few nails and screws.
All items I had leftover from other projects
making this bookshelf FREE!
First I laid everything out to get an idea of what I wanted.
I used 3 2x6's down the middle for a depth of 4 1/2"
A 2x6 is about 1 1/2" deep
A 1x6 is about 5 1/2" wide
I have no idea why they aren't true to size!
I trimmed all my shelves to 4 1/2" to fit
my 3 2x6's (4 1/2 ")
If you want wider shelves use 1x8's and more 2x6's
I marked each shelf at 4 1/2 inches
So they will be flush with my 2x6's...
One side of the shelf will be against the wall
so only need to cut one edge...
I marked a wavy line with sharpie...
just to try and give the board more shape like a branch...
Then I used this trusty jig saw to cut the edges of my shelves.
See how one will be the shelf and the other the decorative branch:-)
I laid everything out again and made a diagram so I could remember how to put if all back together
I numbered the wall edge side and painted.
This tree bookshelf is going in my kitchen to hold cookbooks
I painted it the same color as my back kitchen wall.
It's always nice to have a good helper!
I (ok the hubby) did the same thing on each side of the 2x6's.
Mark your first one then use it as a guide for the others.
I should have marked these a little slender towards the top
to look more like my inspiration.
The bottom one is notched out to fit against the baseboard
All 3 are screwed together with a 4" screw
at the top, middle and bottom.
You can use a sander to smooth all edges...but I liked the rough edges.....
it is a tree after all:=)
Fits perfectly against the wall.
Find the stud in the wall
I used one screw at the very top to secure to the wall.
I left unpainted because I wasn't even sure if I was gonna like it and because I wasn't sure if I wanted the
trunk unpainted, brown or green.
And now to attach everything.....
My plan was to use brackets for the shelves but the only ones I had on hand were just to big and looked awful...
So I found some Gorilla Glue.....this stuff is awesome!!
It foams to fill in any gaps and really has an amazing grip!
I attached each shelf with glue and a couple of finishing nails.
I used the brackets just to hold the glued shelves overnight.
I used my diagram somewhat but kinda just
went with what looked best.
I just tried to create a big circle with the branches.
The branches are just attached with finishing nails in case I wanted to make some changes.
I let the shelves dry overnight then
removed the unsightly brackets and painted it.
Ready to hold all my cookbooks...
I thought about adding pegs and hanging some recipe cards...
and I think I might add a quote down the center....
Maybe 'Bless this Meal'
I'll take any suggestions PLEASE:-)
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