How to Build a Boat Bookshelf

Bring the beach into your home through this boat bookshelf!
Bring the beach into your home through this boat bookshelf!

Most people opt for the standard bookshelf. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. But some kids have their own preference. They don’t want something “boring” – and for them, the typical bookshelf falls under that category.

Well, they do have a point. Who needs a boring bookshelf when you can have something that’s both functional and aesthetically appealing?

A boat bookshelf will surely be a standout piece in any room.
A boat bookshelf will surely be a standout piece in any room.

This DIY boat bookshelf is perfect for your child’s bedroom. Or, you can use this in any part of your house with a nautical theme. You know what they say, if you can’t go to the beach, bring the beach to you.

If you have old pallets lying around,  turn them into a boat bookshelf. It’ll surely be a standout piece in the room!

Materials:

  • roll of construction paper
  • 1/2 of a sheet of 3/8 inch beaded oak plywood
  • 1/2 of a sheet of 1/4 inch oak plywood (finished on both sides)
  • 1/2 of a sheet of 1/2 inch birch plywood
  • 10 ft of 3/4 inch in oak
  • wood glue
  • staples
  • nails
  • stain of your choice

Tools:

  • table saw
  • band saw
  • jig saw
  • sander
  • belt sander
  • miter saw
  • drill
  • clamps
  • staple gun
  • finish nailer

Take a look at the gallery below and see some great examples of boat bookshelves.

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Thanks to Jonathan Ellis for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here…

 

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