Free DIY Plans and Step by Step Video Tutorial on How To Make a Modern Tree Shaped Bookshelf
This project was so simple and has had such a big impact on my Monster Mash boy's room, that I am kind of wanting to make a few more for other areas of my home. Such a fun build and doesn't require any special skills or prior experience whatsoever... nope, nothing but a couple of basic tools, some glue, and a bit of patience to get this project finished! Many of you have seen
similar items for sale for nearly $1000, so the savings on this piece is quite substantial, and the style it brings to your space is out of this world!
I am linking this project up to the
Pinterest Challenge: Winter Edition from Young House Love, Bower Power, The Remodeled Life, and Decor and The Dog! Woot Woot... I love this because it forces me to get my bones to work on something, yahoo! Here is one of the many pins you might find for this project's inspiration... and another here. LOVE this guy... or gal...whatever!
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I am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!
4 - Cut to desired shape for template
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the
GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Sketch your tree shape onto a sheet of plywood. There are 3 possible ways to accomplish this, the easiest way to do this is to use a projector and project the image in full size onto your plywood. If a projector is not something you happen to own, there are two other method below for transfering your image.
1. PosteRazor: this will turn your image into a poster by printing a series of pages that will make the whole image in the size you want.
Save the image below (right click and save to your computer).
software Print at 4'x6' or as close as you can get.
Cut out the shapes for each page and trace. Easy Peasy.
2. Grid Transfer Method
Print the image below (right click and save to your computer, then print) in 8x10 format.
Divide your image into a grid as you see in the diagram for this step. You will need 4 equal squares for the width of the tree (sized at 2" each) and 6 equal squares for the height of the tree (sized at 1.67" or 1 2/3" each).
Create this same grid on your sheet of plywood with an overall size of 4'x6' and each square measuring at 12"x12".
Sketch the image onto plywood, one square at a time. This is much easier than attempting to free hand the image and will result in a more accurate depiction. If you need to mark up the squares themselves (to mark off and note midpoints etc) to help you along, that is perfectly fabulous.
Once you have your image sketched out, use your jig saw to cut out your tree. Please watch the video for complete instructions and details along with tips and tricks for completing this project!
Use your first tree shape to trace your shape onto the remaining sheets of plywood and cut out exactly as you did the first.
Once your trees are all cut out, glue them together by placing glue between each layer and clamping along the outside edges. Allow your glue to set up for about 30 minutes. Sand and Finish as desired.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my
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