What you'll need:
- A book you never want to read again. I chose a book that looks great, and had a nice title.
- L bracket - depending on the size of book you may need two. I used one...but honestly, I am pretty sure I will need to add another one. So make sure you think about the weight. Remember -- books are heavy!
- Also, make sure the length is about half as long as the width of the book. (My hardware store was out...so I made due, but again I have a sinking feeling I'll be adding another L bracket)
- Small wood screws -- make sure they are short enough to not drill through your book.
- Large wood screws -- these are to affix to your wall.
- X-acto knife (blade should be very sharp)
- Tape measure
- Stack of books or weights to put on top of the book as it dries over night.
Making the "shelf", Step 1:
- Flip the book over and open up to the last page -- this is very important, otherwise the title of your book will be upside down.
- Measure the halfway point of your book, your L bracket will sit in the middle (as pictured above.) If you are using two L brackets -- measure accordingly, with each bracket spaced evenly.
- Outline your L bracket and cut deep enough so the bracket lay flush with the book.
- NOTE: The L bracket is upside down in these images, it will eventually be flipped over and screwed into the book.
- Close the book, flip it over.
- Put the L bracket in correctly.
- Slide it in to meet the edge of the cover.
- Mark the front cover of your book on either side of the the L bracket.
- Cut out a notch deep enough that the L bracket is flush against the pages. (I used an X-acto knife, but you may need a stronger blade considering the thickness of the cover.)
- Screw the L bracket into the book with the small wood screws. Make sure you hold the bracket and the pages down firmly, otherwise the pages can slip. This can create a skewed effect, which can wind up ruining the project.
- On either corner of the book screw the small wooden screws in. As above, make sure to hold the pages flat or you may get a skewed look rippling your pages. If this happens it will make the book unable to close fully, rendering your next step hard to complete.
- Next glue the bottom page generously. I also put glue on the L bracket.
- Close it and put a bunch of books (or something very heavy) on top as weights.
- Let it dry over night. This is important, you do not want the bottom to open while it's been attached to your wall.
- After your "bookshelf" has dried over night -- find a stud in your wall, screw it into the wall.
- Add books!
If you have any questions, pointers or would like to share your own experience, please do so below in the Discussion Forum or leave a comment. I'd love to hear if you made this and how it turned out.