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Built-in book cases are an excellent addition to any living room. They provide extra storage, as well as give your home a custom, cozy look. We particularly like this Built-in Bookcase Tutorial from Maillardville Manor because it’s utilizes bookcases that are already constructed, making this an easy DIY project. With recessed sides and a center shelf that pops out, this bookcase add a unique touch to the home.
What you’ll need:
- 2 full width billy bookcases
- 3 half-width bookcases
- MDF board
- EcoGlue Premium Wood Adhesive
For complete instructions and diagrams, visit Maillardville Manor. To see more tutorials and tips for building and organizing bookshelves, check out the following links:
Photo credit: Maillardville Manor
A kitchen island is an excellent addition to any kitchen. It provides extra storage, an additional surface for preparing food and can be customized to fit your needs. We particularly like this DIY kitchen island from Popular Mechanics because it has a counter-height work-station with drawers, a pullout waste bin, a storage shelf and a drop-leaf top. And, because the island isn’t nailed down-you can relocate it to suit the occasion, and take it with you if you move.
Keep in mind that Eco Glue Premium Wood Adhesive can be used not only when a plan calls for adhesive, but also in place of nails or other fasteners for a more streamlined look.
Cutting Plate Slots
First, build up leg blanks by gluing together full 1 x 3-in. poplar boards with Eco Glue Premium Wood Adhesive. While the glue is drying, make the face-frame parts and the stretchers. Cut double plate slots 1/4 in. apart in the 1-in. stock, using a 1/4-in. spacer under the plate joiner to register the second slots. Then cut single plate slots in the 3/4-in. plywood panel without using a spacer. Transfer the plate locations to the legs. Use a 3/4-in. spacer followed by stacked 3/4- and 1/4-in. spacers to register the double slots that match the face-frame slots.
Assemble the back face frame and front face frame with glue and plates, double-check that the assemblies are square, and leave them clamped for at least an hour. Join the stretchers to the face frames with glue and plates. Note that the rear stretcher fits inside the face frame, while the front stretcher simply joins the top end of the mullion. Be especially careful with this joint. Until the side/leg assemblies are in place, this stretcher joint can break. When the glue has dried, join both face frames to the partition panel. Drive a screw through each stretcher and into the partition top edge to strengthen the joints, and fit the back panel. At this point, it’s time to glue the two leg assemblies to the case, one at a time.
With most of the island assembled, glue and screw the support strips for the floor of the waste-bin compartment, and glue and nail the floor in place. Set the nails and fill the holes with FAMOWOOD Wood Filler. Make the open shelf by fastening poplar boards to the lower rails, notching the first and last pieces to fit around the legs and frame pieces. Screw the boards in place through counterbored screwholes and then plug the holes. A shim ensures uniform spacing.
Assemble the main top from 5-in.-wide cherry boards. Strictly speaking, you don’t have to use plate joints in the assembly, but we did because they help in alignment. They’ll also add a little extra strength if some of the joints are less than perfect. Note that the drop leaf has end boards that help keep the assembly flat. Lay out the drop-leaf hinge mortises and remove most of the waste with a router-then finish up with a chisel and install the hinges. Attach the top with screws that pass through elongated holes in the stretchers. The holes allow the top to move seasonally.
Drawer and Waste Bin
The drawers are made with dadoes, grooves and rabbets, which produce strong, locking joints. We made these cuts on a table saw with a dado blade, but a router table will work, too. Assemble the drawer boxes with nails and glue. Install spacers and blocking around the partition to support the drawer slides. Fit the drawer faces after the drawer boxes are in place so you can adjust the faces for a uniform gap all around. Screw the waste-bin hardware to the floor of its compartment. Then, edge the plywood waste-bin door with poplar and install the door.
For a great paint finish on the base and drawer fronts, sand with 120-, 150- and 220-grit paper, and apply a latex primer. Lightly sand the primer with 220-grit paper, remove all the dust, then apply two coats of a quality latex paint. We finished the drawer boxes and top pieces with three coats of alkyd varnish, lightly sanding between coats. When the final coat is dry, rub the surface with 4/0 steel wool.
Here are some other great DIY kitchen island instructionals:
DIY Network – How to Build a Custom Kitchen Island
Do It Yourself – Building a Kitchen Island in Four Easy Steps
Every now and then it’s nice to choose a project that can be completed in just a few hours. That’s why we love this standing wood candelabra from Mark Montano. With just a few supplies, you can have your own candelabra in no time! And, be sure to pick up Mark’s newest book, Big Ass Book of Crafts for more great projects like this!
I made this for a friend when she got married and they LOVE it. It was easy to make and I enjoyed the process very much. Everything you need to make it is at your local hardware store. It’s a project ANYONE can do. I hope you enjoy it!
2 decorative scroll wooden shelf brackets 8 1/2 inches long (Home Depot or Lowe’s)
4 plain wooden shelf brackets
One 5 foot long piece of 2×2 pine
Krylon Spray Paint in a color you like
5 glass votive holders
Working on a large flat surface, glue the wooden scroll brackets flush with one end of the 2×2.
Glue 2 of the plain wooden flush with the other end of the 2×2.
While that is drying, glue a third plain wooden bracket on the 2×2. This will start to create the base of the candelabra.
After this dries (give it a couple of hours) flip your candelabra over with the 3rd plain bracket hanging over the edge of your work surface and glue on the 4th plain bracket to the bottom of the 2×2.
When this is dry, paint with your spray paint.
Wooden drawers in cabinets, dressers and closets can often wear, resulting and less than smooth opening and closing. This is pretty simple fix; replacing the nylon glide on the underneath of the drawer, swap old or missing screws for new ones or using a wood glue, like EcoGlue Premium Wood, for loose dovetail joints.
Need help? Some resources for getting your drawers moving smoothly.
- DIYNetwork: Repairing Wood Drawers
Outstanding step-by-step with photos to help you fix about any drawer dilemma.
- Popular Mechanics: Fixing Problem Drawers
Extensive directions for common problems with easy to follow illustrations
- eHow: How to Repair Wood Drawers
Basic instructions from eHow. No illustrations, but simple directions.
- The Family Handyman: Repair a Sagging Wood Drawer Bottom
Directions on how to repair the bottom of a drawer using a simple reinforcement
Brian and Paul at The Handyguys Podcast like to fix stuff and build stuff and do handy guy kinds of things. On July 10, they’ll be talking about Eclectic Products EcoGlue Premium Wood Adhesive. Not only can you get some great advice about woodworking, but you can also win some Premium Wood Adhesive for yourself!
Want to win? Subscribe to the podcast via email (the subscription box is on the right side of the home page).
With the launch of our new eco wood glue, EcoGlue Premium Wood, we’re all about the wood projects at Eclectic. Here are a couple of fun ones that you might try.
The instructions and diagram seem very simple – if only I could get the swallow’s that nest under my front porch eaves every year to move in to such a home! Try EcoGlue Premium Wood Glue for the adhesive the instructions recommend.
From The WoodWhisperer, a simple pencil cup project that is good for using scrapwood. Click here to watch the video.