Make Your Own Bookends

You can easily make woodcraft for your bedroom to hold those books that you would always like to read before going to bed or to create a set of bookends that you want to use in your living room or library. . Bookends really serve great when it comes to decoration and managing your favorite books. They make wonderful holiday gifts which are hand made and therefore more well loved. Crafting a set of bookends by hand doesn’t take nearly as long as you might think and they are well received by any book lover.

To make a bookend you require a polyester brush, ruler, pencil, scissors, cloth, scroll or band saw. Also one piece 4’*6’*1’ of wood , 9 1 ½ long finishing nails, 2 pieces of ¼’ cork, wood glue, wood filler, clear urethane varnish, one sheet of coarse sandpaper, and fine sandpaper. You may also want to add some photos of someone who is near and dear to your gift recipient so that you can give them images on the bookends. Select an animal photo or a person that they care for such as a grandchild to embellish the creation and then cover that with the polyurethane to protect it.

Steps to make the bookend:
1. First you need to print off the base, back and the center piece patterns and cut it out.
2. Then trace the base pattern measuring 5’*5’ onto the wood twice and cut the pieces out with the scroll or band saw.
3. Trace the back pattern measuring 8 ½ ’* 5’ onto the wood twice and cut the pieces out with the scroll or band saw.
4. Next trace the center piece measuring 6’ *3’ once and again cut the piece with scroll or band saw. Cut this piece into half to make the center pieces each measuring 3’ * 3’.
5. Sand all the pieces until they become smooth first with the coarse sandpaper and then fine sandpaper.
6. Now wipe the wood with a cloth to remove the dust from sanding.
7. Glue the back to the base and then wipe off the entire excess flue with a damp cloth.
8. Allow this glue to dry.
9. Now glue the center to the back and the base and wipe off the excess glue with a damp cloth before it dries.
10. Allow this glue to dry.
11. Next secure the back, base and center with the finishing nails for extra strength, 3 on the bottom under the cork where the center piece attaches to the bottom, 3 up the back to hold the center piece in place and 3 along the back where the bottom attaches to it.
12. Fill the nail holes with wood filler where they could be countersunk. Let it dry and then sand it lightly with sandpaper.
13. When the glue and nail filler is thoroughly dry, varnish with small polyester brush and consult the container of varnish for proper instructions. If necessary, sand it lightly before varnishing again. Varnish again in 24 hours.
14. Trace the base pattern twice onto the cork and glue the cork to the underside of the base of each bookend to prevent scratching furniture and prevent slipping.
Bear in mind that any tools can have an element of danger and be certain that you’re taking great care. NEVER let children use tools or heated elements unattended.

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