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2 Hour DIY: Book Stand Display

2 Hour DIY: Book Stand Display

This quick DIY was to practice working with plywood. I grouped together books that have inspired me to build and create, and made a quick display stand for them. The idea for this DIY came from here.

2 Hour DIY: Book Stand Display - Supplies

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  • Jigsaw or Circular Saw

Need a way to cut the plywood to size


  • Plywood

The plywood I used was 1 inch thick. You can use thinner sheets and glue them together to match the width of the different books you’ll be displaying

  • A Set of Books

The tops of the books are level – creating a more stylized look. So you need a set of books that you’d want to keep in this display stand.

  • Ruler
  • Wood Glue
  • Clamps
  • Polyurethane

This is what I used to finish the plywood, and give it a little gloss


STEP 1: Measure your books

Line up your books so that they are all aligned at the top.

For the 2 end side panels, I wanted them to go high enough to hold up the books. The height I went with was 13cm.

The tallest book will have a 2cm piece of plywood for it’s base.

The top white book I am measuring in the picture below is 3.5cm shorter than the tallest book. I added 2cm and the plywood piece for this white book will be 5.5cm. Next I measured the difference between the other books and the tallest book – and added 2cm to each one. I needed to cut 2 pieces (which will be glued together) for the base of The Beach since it was a really thick book.

You now have a list of the heights for each piece. For the depth, I went with the widest book – which was 18cm, and cut all the pieces the same width.

2 Hour DIY: Book Stand Display - Step #1 Measuring the books

STEP 2: Cut the plywood

I used a jigsaw to cut the plywood strips

2 Hour DIY: Book Stand Display - Step #2 Cutting the plywood

2 Hour DIY: Book Stand Display - Step #2 Cutting the plywood

STEP 3: Glue the pieces together

Glue the plywood pieces together using wood glue – making sure it is all aligned in the front and at the bottom.

2 Hour DIY: Book Stand Display - Step #3 Glueing the plywood

STEP 4: Clamp the glued plywood

Once the pieces are glued together, you’re going to need to clamp them together to make sure you have a solid bond between the pieces of plywood. I used scrap pieces of plywood to hold up the overhanging part of the book stand. It takes 30 minutes for the glue to dry.

2 Hour DIY: Book Stand Display - Step #4 Clamping the glued pieces

STEP 5: Sanding down the plywood and adding a coat of gloss

If your cuts, like mine, at not absolutely aligned, take a piece of fine grit sandpaper and sand the pieces of plywood level. Then apply 2 coats of polyurethane to finish off the plywood.

2 Hour DIY: Book Stand Display - Step #5 Adding coats of polyurethane

2 Hour DIY: Book Stand Display

2 Hour DIY: Book Stand Display

Email me at jacob@hometreeatlas.com with photos if you make your own, or if you have any questions.

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January 21, 2016 in Made By HtA
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