Initially, my idea of building a bookshelf was to purchase a ready made shelf that needed to be assembled following the instructions that come with it. The problem started when my daughter, an avid reader, could not find one that she liked. The wood was too dark, the pre-cut shelves did not fit in the area where she wanted the book shelf etc. So, I talked to her about what she really wanted and we hashed out a simple design. It turns out she wanted an honest to goodness book shelf that was similar to those in libraries; capable of housing several dozen books. The difference was that she wanted it to have a back so that her books won’t fall to the back.
I looked for a design in the internet that was easy to make using a drill and bolts instead of a hammer and nails. I eventually found one that was fairly straightforward in design with a minimum of fuss to make. My next problem was where to get the lumber for the shelves. I found a hardware store that had connections to a lumber yard with treated wood. Using treated wood is important because these have already been kiln dried and treated so the wood won’t warp or fall prey to termites. My daughter liked wood that was lighter and naturally colored, like pine, so we went with that. The lumber yard cut the wood according to the specifications of the design that I found on the internet and all I had to do was make sure that the wood went where they were supposed to. Building a bookshelf was ok, the hardest part was getting the wood to actually fit. I had some issues with the drill and aligning the wood but all in all, it was a success. I love that my daughter finally got a bookshelf that she really liked and that I made it for her.