I am trying to build a sideways bookshelf. The space I have to fit the bookshelf in is:
Depth: 13.7 inches
Length: 87.5 inches
Height: 35.5 inches
When I looked online for store-made bookshelves, none of them came close to matching these dimensions. So I'm thinking of making my own bookshelf. However, I've never made a bookshelf before, so I am looking for some pointers.
My basic thinking is that I just buy
- 2 pieces of 87.5'' x 12'' for the top and bottom of the bookshelf
- 2 pieces of 12'' x 33.5'' to support the top of the shelf
- 1 piece of 87.5'' x 35.5'' ask the back of the shelf
- In the above dimensions, I assume the boards supporting the top of the shelf are 33.5'' and not 35.5 because I am assuming that the top and bottom of the shelf are each 1'' thick. Is that a good assumption or should it be thicker/thinner?
- How should I make the shelves? I assume I can make 3 shelves in the space, each being ~10.5'' in height. (Explanation: 33.5 is the starting height inside the shelf, add two boards in the middle, each 1'' thick, and we get 31.5, divide each space up evenly = 31.5/3 = 10.5.) How would I support those shelves so they don't bend? Would making only two shelves be easier?
- Are there any tips/tricks/helpful hints about making bookshelves that a novice like me might overlook?
- When making a sideways bookshelf, what special considerations should I be keeping in mind?
- What materials should I be using? Any wood and or screws or are there specific types that are best?