Bookshelves

Unpack

Willa set about unpacking her carpet bag…

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Cardboard

…but was unenthusiastic about putting her favourite volumes into the sagging cardboard bookshelves in the living room.

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Place

The human was busy with a Christmas project, but offered to finish making a proper bookshelf in exchange for some help with the fiddly parts.

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Stack

Willa helped with the sawing of a stack of short pieces of old used wooden blinds from IKEA, 25 of them were for the Christmas project, five slightly longer ones for book shelves and three for the bookshelf back.

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saw

Then we sawed the uprights and the cap piece for the bookshelf out of a meter stick.

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A Place for everything

And assembled a sturdy set of bookshelves. The shelves are slightly inset into shallow gouges, and then glued.  The hardest part was waiting for the glue to dry!

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Neat and tidy!

Everyone agreed they were a great improvement on the cardboard…

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The Secret Garden

…and Min sat right down to lose herself in The Secret Garden.

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19 thoughts on “Bookshelves

  1. Lovely and ingenious bookcase! Congratulations to Willa and the human for all their careful and precise work. The vintage spools of thread on the shelves are a fun touch!

  2. Yes, very lovely and ingenious as mentioned by “blueheron”. I’m coming right over after I finishing cleaning the last of the windows and if invited, would like to sit down and read for a bit myself in that comfy looking spot by the sturdy bookcase.

  3. I echo every word from blueheron – and love the spool bookends! Best of all is use of the metre-stick (I’d love a bookshelf made for myself, using a giant one)

  4. Beautiful! I love books! I’ve made about a hundred or so “little” books for the doll’s house that is no more. Sigh… I need to make a new one… for myself this time.

    • We’ve been eyeing the meter stick for a good long while, though the cardboard one did the job, it wasn’t particularly pretty…Willa was a good catalyst for getting the bookcase built at last!

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