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DIY Book Tree


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A fun place to hide books! Perfect addition to a nursery, kids bedroom or playroom. Finished dimensions are: 52.75" H x 24" W x 6.5" D

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      LUMBER CUT LIST: (2) Custom Tree Cut Out; (1) 1" x 6" x 8"; (1) 1" x 6" x 13"; (1) 1" x 6" x 17"; (1) 1" x 6" x 20"; (1) 1" x 8" x14" (left over from 72" x 1" x 6")

    2. Step: 2

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      On one of the 24” x 48” sheets of plywood draw out the basic shape of the tree. You can freehand the design, but you want to clearly mark out the shelves and different levels ahead of time to make sure your shelves line up for assembly. In this design we spaced the shelves 11” starting from the top and then marked the desired length of shelves (in red). Then we marked an extra 1”- 2” outside of the shelves to allow for clearance.

    3. Step: 3

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      With the design drawn out, stack both sheets of plywood and clamp them together. Using a jig saw, cut out the design.

    4. Step: 4

      With the tree shapes cut out, drill pilot holes into only one of the tree shapes to attach the shelves on each level. Then use a sander to clean up any rough edges or sharp corners on the cut out. Paint the front and back of one tree and only the front of the other.

    5. Step: 5

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      Cut the 1x6 to the following lengths for shelves: 8” 13” 17” 20” Then sand the surface and the outside facing bookshelf edges. Paint or stain to desired finish.

    6. Step: 6

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      Line the shelves up with the pilot holes from step 3 and attach with wood screws and wood glue from the back. Helpful hint: Use a tape measure to make sure the spacing of the shelves are even for each level.

    7. Step: 7

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      Apply wood glue and line up top tree cut out (both sides painted) and attach from the front with brad nails. Be sure not to miss the shelves with the brads.

    8. Step: 8

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      Using the scrap piece of 1x6 (roughly 14”) sand the edges and then paint to desired finish. Cut a scrap piece of 4x4, 2 stacked pieces of 2x4 or a cut off tree branch or trunk to 8” long. Center and attach from the underside with wood screws. Helpful Hint: If you use a piece of actual tree, make sure it’s straight and your cuts are level so your tree won’t be off balance.

    9. Step: 9

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      Attach base to the middle of the bottom shelf of the tree with wood screws from the top or you can pre-drill ¾” pocket holes to attach from underneath. Add Books! Note: Your final dimensions will be 52.75” H x 24” W x 6.5” D.

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DIY Book Tree

by RYOBI Nation
Mar 25, 2019
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A fun place to hide books! Perfect addition to a nursery, kids bedroom or playroom. Finished dimensions are: 52.75" H x 24" W x 6.5" D

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    LUMBER CUT LIST: (2) Custom Tree Cut Out; (1) 1" x 6" x 8"; (1) 1" x 6" x 13"; (1) 1" x 6" x 17"; (1) 1" x 6" x 20"; (1) 1" x 8" x14" (left over from 72" x 1" x 6")

  2. Step: 2
    Huge d2a20509 786f 456e 9204 f1a6e57c2b26

    On one of the 24” x 48” sheets of plywood draw out the basic shape of the tree. You can freehand the design, but you want to clearly mark out the shelves and different levels ahead of time to make sure your shelves line up for assembly. In this design we spaced the shelves 11” starting from the top and then marked the desired length of shelves (in red). Then we marked an extra 1”- 2” outside of the shelves to allow for clearance.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge ebecd63a 9a1c 4da8 9312 4a640cb23726

    With the design drawn out, stack both sheets of plywood and clamp them together. Using a jig saw, cut out the design.

  4. Step: 4

    With the tree shapes cut out, drill pilot holes into only one of the tree shapes to attach the shelves on each level. Then use a sander to clean up any rough edges or sharp corners on the cut out. Paint the front and back of one tree and only the front of the other.

  5. Step: 5
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    Cut the 1x6 to the following lengths for shelves: 8” 13” 17” 20” Then sand the surface and the outside facing bookshelf edges. Paint or stain to desired finish.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 62130b36 0896 4f04 9cd2 f0b6360e4974

    Line the shelves up with the pilot holes from step 3 and attach with wood screws and wood glue from the back. Helpful hint: Use a tape measure to make sure the spacing of the shelves are even for each level.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 852024f5 60d1 45b6 a28a ccf117f7a597

    Apply wood glue and line up top tree cut out (both sides painted) and attach from the front with brad nails. Be sure not to miss the shelves with the brads.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 890161f2 c683 4a25 bdc3 8544c590ba3c

    Using the scrap piece of 1x6 (roughly 14”) sand the edges and then paint to desired finish. Cut a scrap piece of 4x4, 2 stacked pieces of 2x4 or a cut off tree branch or trunk to 8” long. Center and attach from the underside with wood screws. Helpful Hint: If you use a piece of actual tree, make sure it’s straight and your cuts are level so your tree won’t be off balance.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 18ee7d6f e30d 41ba 91e7 d8c2079a82d4

    Attach base to the middle of the bottom shelf of the tree with wood screws from the top or you can pre-drill ¾” pocket holes to attach from underneath. Add Books! Note: Your final dimensions will be 52.75” H x 24” W x 6.5” D.