Mini DIY Bookcase

 

Have you always wanted to make custom pieces of furniture even if it included both a metal and a wood element? Well now you can! Check out this Mini DIY Bookcase and give it a shot yourself!

Directions

START RIGHT

You’ll notice in the video that I start by cutting the smaller 2″ pieces first. This is because you need long pieces to safely cut such a small piece off. Please do this step first as directed.

Using miter saw

IMPORTANT CUTS

In case you missed it, 4 of your 2″ pieces will be identical, but the other 4 will have an angle pointed in the opposite direction. So be sure to follow the video directions carefully! This is so you can make the configuration shown below. Note the long 24″ and 12″ cuts are made with the angles both flaring outward.

2-inch cuts

OVERVIEW OF CUTS

(8) 2″ pieces, (4) 24″ pieces, (4) 12″ pieces, (2) 8.5″ pieces (approximate size… this should be measured and cut when you get to that part of your project), and (2) custom sized pieces (mine measured 22″).

Completed cuts

SOLDERING NOTE

Don’t just solder one connecting joint for each corner, be sure to do a minimum of 2. If 3 are showing and accessible, go for it! However, do not plan to flip it over and do the joints not showing…you will likely undo your previous soldering job by heating that joint a second time.

Using clamps

Style & Enjoy Your DIY Bookcase!

Complete bookcase

Tips

Tool Tip

You’ll want to use a miter saw with a small tooth blade that cuts metal for this project. Sure you could use other tools to cut aluminum, but this will be easier as we want to make accurate 45-degree angle cuts.

Miter saw

Soldering Tip

It is important to heat the aluminum hot enough to melt your brazing rod. It can take anywhere from 3-5 minutes to get it hot enough, so be patient!

Soldering

What You'll Need


BZ8250HT

Reach Torch

BZ8250HT
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MG9

14.1 oz. MAP-Pro® Hand Torch Cylinder

MG9
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AL3

Aluminum Brazing and Welding Rods

AL3
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Materials

  • (3) 3/4″x 6′ Aluminum Square Bar
  • Wood for shelves
  • Paint & gold spray paint (optional)
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