How to Make a Bookshelf From Reclaimed Wood

Dan Faires shows how to make a ladder-style bookshelf from reclaimed wood.

Danmade: Ladder Bookshelf 03:42

Dan makes a simple ladder-style bookshelf out of reclaimed wood and pipe.
Ladder-Style Bookshelf

Ladder-Style Bookshelf

Make a ladder-style bookshelf using reclaimed wood, and attach it to the wall to save floor space.

and Danmade

Materials and Tools:

  • 4x6 x 3' reclaimed lumber
  • tape measure
  • carpenter's square
  • circular saw
  • goggles
  • gloves
  • palm sander with 220-grit paper
  • polyurethane
  • 2' pre-threaded black metal pipe, elbow piece and ends
  • drill and 1" screws

Instructions:

To create the steps in the ladder, measure and mark 2 inches from the bottom of the board. Draw a line across the board using a carpenter's square. Set circular saw at a 45-degree angle, and cut along the horizontal line. Mark the second half of the step, and cut again at a 45-degree angle. Repeat these steps to create a staircase.

Cut each end at a 45-degree angle so that it sits flush on the floor and wall. Sand the entire piece, including inside the steps, using 220-grit paper to remove rough spots without ruining the patina of the reclaimed wood. 

Ladder-Style Bookshelf

Ladder-Style Bookshelf

Make a ladder-style bookshelf using reclaimed wood, and attach it to the wall to save floor space.

Brush polyurethane on all sides, and allow to dry. At this point, you can lean the bookshelf against a wall. To make a freestanding shelf, follow the next steps.

To make a kickstand, mark midway up the back of the board. This will be the location you will connect the leg. Screw the elbow piece onto the 2-foot pipe, and attach circular ends to each side. Attach the end of the pipe to the board using screws. Style with your favorite books.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Make a Wood Cutting Board

Woodworking projects can be intimidating, but this project is actually easier than you may think. With basic shop materials and dense hardwood, which is the best wood for cutting boards, you'll be able to create a chef-worthy chopping accessory that any foodie would love.

String Light Solution: Hang Patio Lights Using Planters and Wood Posts

Café lights add a gorgeous glow to an outdoor living space, but they can be tricky to hang if you don’t have trees or other tall objects to string them from. Here’s a freestanding solution for hanging lights that uses planters and wood posts. It’s totally temporary, so it’s perfect for renters.

How to Make a Cat Condo

Use everyday items to build a fancy cat post with baskets.

How to Build a Wood Pergola

Pergolas provide some much needed shade from the summer sun. Learn how to build a pergola with these step-by-step instructions.

How to Make Wedding Confetti Cones

Adorn wedding reception chairs with these sweet confetti cones so guests can celebrate the bride and groom as they leave for their honeymoon.

How to Make Rolled Paper Roses

Paper flowers fashioned from old book pages, newspaper or brown Kraft paper are a frugal alternative to store-bought ribbons and bows.

How to Make a Tea Bag

Make morning tea extra special with a handmade tea bag filled with a delicious herbal blend and a special love note
More from:

DanMade

On TV

Mexico Life

6:30am | 5:30c

Mexico Life

7am | 6c

Mexico Life

7:30am | 6:30c

Home Town

8am | 7c

Home Town

9am | 8c

Home Town

10am | 9c

Home Town

11am | 10c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Caribbean Life

1:30pm | 12:30c

Caribbean Life

2:30pm | 1:30c

Caribbean Life

3:30pm | 2:30c

Island Life

4pm | 3c

Island Life

4:30pm | 3:30c

Island Life

5pm | 4c

Island Life

5:30pm | 4:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

My Lottery Dream Home

8pm | 7c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

My Lottery Dream Home

12:30am | 11:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c
What's Hot
What's Hot

Flip or Flop

Consult Program Guide

NEW: Live TV

Don’t miss your favorite shows. Live stream HGTV now.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.

Luxury Home Giveaways

HGTV Dream Home

A gorgeous remodel in Gig Harbor, Washington

HGTV Urban Oasis

A cozy Craftsman-style home in Knoxville, Tennessee

HGTV Smart Home

A luxurious, modern home in Scottsdale, Arizona