Bookends

This project is rated: DIFFICULT

Tools must be used for this project, so it is advised to be undertaken only by an adult.

Materials needed:
  • Wood – 1″ by 6″ board at least 24 inches long
  • 3/8″ plywood (about 5″ x 5″)
  • Computer paper for template
  • Jigsaw, sabre saw, or coping saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or Stain
  • Glue
  • Screws
  • Drill with drill bits
Bookends

The following instructions are for making one bookend. Use these directions twice for two bookends.

Project Instructions

  1. Each bookend has a base and a side. Print the templates at right for the base and the side.

  2. Use these templates to layout the base and side pieces on a 1″ x 6″ board.
  3. Print the template below for the decorative figure.
  4. Use the template to transfer the outline of the figure to the plywood. (If you prefer, you can substitute some other figure to use.)
  5. Using a jigsaw, or other saw, cut out all the pieces that you have transferred to wood.
  6. Sand your pieces as necessary.
  7. Now is a good time to paint or stain your pieces.
  8. Once your paint or stain is dry, fasten the base to the side with screws and glue. Depending on your choice of wood, you may need to pre-drill holes for the screws.

  9. Add the figure using screws and glue.
  10. Add desired embellishments to the bookend and figure.

    Your bookend is now complete. Make a second bookend to complete your set!

Bookend detail
Bookend base pattern
Bookend side pattern
Bookend figure pattern
Tags: bookends
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