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Octagon Rotating Bookshelf


Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt

With the kids heading back to school and getting new books and supplies, an octagon rotating bookshelf is a perfect space saving storage solution. Tuck the bookshelf in the corner of the room and have plenty of stylish storage for books and knick knacks. The bookshelf easily spins around and around, revealing additional shelves.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Plywood cut diagram. The plywood is 48” wide, so when you cut it in half it will just be shy of 24” which is fine. The measurements assume the plywood is ¾” thick, if your plywood is thinner than ¾” you may have to adjust the measurements slightly.

    2. Step: 2

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      Cut the 4 – 24” x 24” squares into octagons. Mark 7” from each corner and draw a connecting line. Cut along the line, and save the triangles for shelves later.

    3. Step: 3

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      I want shelves that can adjust for different book sizes, so I drilled shelf pin holes at 9 ½”, 10 ½”, 11 ½” and 12 ½” from the bottom. You can change these dimensions depending on your need. In the 24” x 21” boards, drill shelf pin holes ¼” diameter and 3/8” deep, but if the same hole locations can be used on the other side of the board then drill all of the way through.

    4. Step: 4

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      Join 2 of the 24” x 21” with a 8 ½” x 21” boards (the shelf pin holes go on the inside). Predrill countersink holes down the center of the 24” x 21”. Use wood glue and 1 ½” screws to join the boards together.

    5. Step: 5

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      On 4 of the 7” x 21” boards drill shelf pin holes and drill pocket holes.

    6. Step: 6

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      Place the H piece made in step 4 on an octagon piece and the 7” x 21” pieces, predrill countersink holes where the boards will be mounted. Use wood glue and 1 ½” screws to attach the boards to the octagon. Also secure the 7” pieces to the H piece with 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

    7. Step: 7

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      Attach an octagon piece to the top with wood glue and 1 ½” screws, countersink the screws. Repeat steps 3 thru 7.

    8. Step: 8

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      In the 2 remaining 24” x 21” boards, drill shelf pin holes ¼” diameter and 3/8” deep, but if the same hole locations can be used on the other side of the board then drill all of the way through. Drill pocket holes along the bottom and top edges.

    9. Step: 9

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      Join the 24” x 21” boards with a 8 ½” x 21” board (the shelf pin holes go on the inside). Predrill countersink holes down the center of the 24” x 21”. Use wood glue and 1 ½” screws to join the boards together. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to attach it to the top of one of the octagon pieces. I rotated it 90 degrees to how the other H piece attaches on the octagon (for aesthetics only).

    10. Step: 10

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      On 4 of the 7” x 21” boards drill shelf pin holes and drill pocket holes to attach to the top, bottom and H piece. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to attach the boards to the octagon.

    11. Step: 11

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      Place the other octagon unit on top and attach with wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws. Drill additional shelf pin holes as desired.

    12. Step: 12

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      Cut out shelves for the bookshelf. Dryfit the shelves with the shelf pins, and trim as needed.

    13. Step: 13

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      If you want to dress up the bookshelf a little, add molding around the edge of the octagon. The cut angle is 22 ½” degrees, cut to fit. Use wood glue and 1” brad nails to secure in place.

    14. Step: 14

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      Fill any blemishes with filler or putty and allow to dry. Sand, sand and sand!

    15. Step: 15

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      For the base you can go simple with another octagon of ¾” plywood or you can add feet. To make my feet, cut a 2x4 into 1 – 26” long and 2 – 12 ¼” long pieces. Draw a pattern onto the ends of the 2x4 pieces and cut out. Drill pocket holes in the mating ends of the 12 ¼” pieces and attach to the center of the 26”, making sure all of the feet sit level. Note: After the bookshelf was finished, I realized you can’t see the bottom cut out. Save yourself a couple cuts and leave the bottom flat.

    16. Step: 16

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      Finish the bookshelf however you desire. I primed the bookshelf and painted it white. Allow the finish to dry.

    17. Step: 17

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      Attach the lazy susan bearing to the feet, making sure it is centered. Attach the lazy susan bearing to the bottom of the bookshelf according to the manufacturers directions.

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  • This also makes a fabulous storage tower for blu-ray videos.
    By Geekteach, on February 5, 2016

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Octagon Rotating Bookshelf

by Her Tool Belt
Jul 25, 2015
Medium 2744dc61 d4d6 4d4a ad46 d4b3e04f7e03

With the kids heading back to school and getting new books and supplies, an octagon rotating bookshelf is a perfect space saving storage solution. Tuck the bookshelf in the corner of the room and have plenty of stylish storage for books and knick knacks. The bookshelf easily spins around and around, revealing additional shelves.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 3df06e03 8053 4df9 abad 9499bf1d3b43

    Plywood cut diagram. The plywood is 48” wide, so when you cut it in half it will just be shy of 24” which is fine. The measurements assume the plywood is ¾” thick, if your plywood is thinner than ¾” you may have to adjust the measurements slightly.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge eb57a019 2ed5 4a94 a6e9 9404039d23ae

    Cut the 4 – 24” x 24” squares into octagons. Mark 7” from each corner and draw a connecting line. Cut along the line, and save the triangles for shelves later.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 7748a5b5 00df 4b87 86b8 f6d9fb27aa7d

    I want shelves that can adjust for different book sizes, so I drilled shelf pin holes at 9 ½”, 10 ½”, 11 ½” and 12 ½” from the bottom. You can change these dimensions depending on your need. In the 24” x 21” boards, drill shelf pin holes ¼” diameter and 3/8” deep, but if the same hole locations can be used on the other side of the board then drill all of the way through.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge e4468431 8fbb 4764 94b6 b1959bea6677

    Join 2 of the 24” x 21” with a 8 ½” x 21” boards (the shelf pin holes go on the inside). Predrill countersink holes down the center of the 24” x 21”. Use wood glue and 1 ½” screws to join the boards together.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 3f7aefba a515 4eae b775 07d3dea52daf

    On 4 of the 7” x 21” boards drill shelf pin holes and drill pocket holes.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge f30b2151 e270 4508 97c1 2792e02a13b7

    Place the H piece made in step 4 on an octagon piece and the 7” x 21” pieces, predrill countersink holes where the boards will be mounted. Use wood glue and 1 ½” screws to attach the boards to the octagon. Also secure the 7” pieces to the H piece with 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

  7. Step: 7
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    Attach an octagon piece to the top with wood glue and 1 ½” screws, countersink the screws. Repeat steps 3 thru 7.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 843f7a47 e49b 4177 816d 6343b5770ffb

    In the 2 remaining 24” x 21” boards, drill shelf pin holes ¼” diameter and 3/8” deep, but if the same hole locations can be used on the other side of the board then drill all of the way through. Drill pocket holes along the bottom and top edges.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge cdad7ddf 07fe 4a10 af1a 7fe08c66c3fa

    Join the 24” x 21” boards with a 8 ½” x 21” board (the shelf pin holes go on the inside). Predrill countersink holes down the center of the 24” x 21”. Use wood glue and 1 ½” screws to join the boards together. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to attach it to the top of one of the octagon pieces. I rotated it 90 degrees to how the other H piece attaches on the octagon (for aesthetics only).

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 5bcc1a1d 0c45 4756 8f71 c24c4df3d219

    On 4 of the 7” x 21” boards drill shelf pin holes and drill pocket holes to attach to the top, bottom and H piece. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to attach the boards to the octagon.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 6b81cc70 38c8 4789 9916 b52da96792b3

    Place the other octagon unit on top and attach with wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws. Drill additional shelf pin holes as desired.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge f19fc8d9 f76b 4a5e 964c 9a72721278bd

    Cut out shelves for the bookshelf. Dryfit the shelves with the shelf pins, and trim as needed.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge d97c9e67 2d37 4b72 933d 4dc586f52a5f

    If you want to dress up the bookshelf a little, add molding around the edge of the octagon. The cut angle is 22 ½” degrees, cut to fit. Use wood glue and 1” brad nails to secure in place.

  14. Step: 14
    Huge 4dc4e2ff 8e59 4e1c a0de 4de71be45778

    Fill any blemishes with filler or putty and allow to dry. Sand, sand and sand!

  15. Step: 15
    Huge ad4e8b41 ff75 438c 87f3 7688595914c8

    For the base you can go simple with another octagon of ¾” plywood or you can add feet. To make my feet, cut a 2x4 into 1 – 26” long and 2 – 12 ¼” long pieces. Draw a pattern onto the ends of the 2x4 pieces and cut out. Drill pocket holes in the mating ends of the 12 ¼” pieces and attach to the center of the 26”, making sure all of the feet sit level. Note: After the bookshelf was finished, I realized you can’t see the bottom cut out. Save yourself a couple cuts and leave the bottom flat.

  16. Step: 16
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    Finish the bookshelf however you desire. I primed the bookshelf and painted it white. Allow the finish to dry.

  17. Step: 17
    Huge b09f2a20 4165 4238 b596 485f3a720567

    Attach the lazy susan bearing to the feet, making sure it is centered. Attach the lazy susan bearing to the bottom of the bookshelf according to the manufacturers directions.