How to Make Wooden Bookends


Bookends are sometimes necessary to hold books up properly on the shelves. Books can topple over if there are not enough books to completely fill the shelf, but if you use a wooden bookend at either side, the books will stay in place. You can buy bookends or easily make your own. This is a great woodworking craft to do with kids. Make as many bookends as you need and then make extra to give away as gifts.

Step 1

Use the measuring tape and pencil to mark the pine board for cutting. Mark two pieces that are six inches long and two others that are eight inches long.

Step 2

Cut out the pieces of the pine board using the circular saw or any other saw you already own that will do the job. Make sure you have two pieces of pine for each measurement for each set of bookends you plan to make.

Step 3

Sand all the surfaces of the wood until they are completely smooth. Take special care at the sides and edges of each piece of pine.

Step 4

Wipe off the pine with a damp rag to remove all traces of sawdust.

Step 5

Measure on the outside of the eight-inch pieces of pine, two marks that are two inches in from the side edges and ½ inch up from the bottom.

Step 6

Stand one of the six-inch pieces of pine on its side. Set the eight-inch piece on top of the six-inch pine making an "L" shape. Match up the bottom edges so they are flush with each other.

Step 7

Use the marks you previously made on the eight-inch piece of pine and hammer two nails through the eight-inch pine into the six-inch pine to connect them and make one bookend. Repeat with the other two pieces of pine.

Step 8

Spray paint the bookends any color you want that matches the décor of your home. Use more than one coat if necessary.

Step 9

Add a spray-on clear coat to protect the paint on the bookends and make them last longer.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • 4 x 8 pine board
  • Circular saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Rag
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Spray paint
  • Spray-on clear coat


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About this Author

Ruth O'Neil has been a freelance writer for almost 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles and stories in dozens of publications including "Parentlife," "CBA Retailers and Resources," "Lookout" and "Standard." She has also worked with a publishing company editing and preparing manuscripts for publication.

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