Learn how to build a stylish bookcase from reclaimed wooden pallets in this simple tutorial!
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Upcycling: bookshelf made with wood pallets
In this video, we will learn how to make a bookshelf using wood pallets
We will need: 9 x 1 meter pallets a try square a pencil a saw a sander some sandpaper (medium grit) a nail hammer a screwdriver and screw (for wood)
You need to start by dismantling the pallets. To learn more watch the video "dismantle a pallet". Gather enough planks to get 32x 120 cm (48") planks, 12 x 25cm (10") and 24 x 20cm (8") wood pieces
Sand the wood using the medium grit sandpaper to remove the wood scraps
Cut the planks into 24 pieces of 20cm( 8") each
These parts will be used for shelves so it needs to be approximately equal to the width of two planks.
Be careful as the size of the planks will vary depending on the type of pallet you are using
Now cut 12 pieces of 25cm (10") in length
this furniture is designed with two types of unit
There are two, 25 cm wide, large units,
There are 6 other units that have the same width as a pallet, which is about 10cm.
We will make the large units first.
Measure and mark the planks in the middle.
Fix two 25cm board at the end of the plank
then fasten a 25cm board in the middle
Close it with a second plank.
Repeat the process to make 4 large units
we will start with the first narrow unit.
put two planks next to each other
Mark it to get 3 sections of equal dimensions
fix a 25cm piece at each end
screw a 25cm piece were the marks are
Then close the module with two planks
Repeat the previous step. However, before closing it, screw the unit with the one you assembled previously
In order to create a more original shape, shift up the pallet to create an asymmetrical look
Close the unit
Add to this a preassembled large module
To maintain an equal depth, you have to screw two large frames next to each other
continue like that varying the height and width to give the bookshelf an asymetrical look
Make sure there are 3 points of support on the ground. For the furniture to be stable.
Your have now built a bookshelf