How to design and make a stylish bookshelf

Have you run out of room for your favourite books or a decorative vase of flowers in the flat? Shelves create space for things you have grown fond of and make the wall more distinctive. Let us show you how to design and make a stylish bookshelf in wood and metal simply and fast, in just a few steps, with the right Dremel® tool. It will be a highlight in every living room, study and reading corner.

You need
  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paint roller
  • Wooden board such as a sheet of Multiplex (200 cm x 20 cm x 2 cm)
  • 2 angle brackets (12 cm x 12 cm)
  • 4 wood screws (about 2 cm long)
  • Approx. 25 wooden dowels (6 mm)
  • Wood glue, double-sided adhesive tape
  • White acrylic paint
  • Spray can of black paint
  • Metal sheet (20 cm x 35 cm x 1 mm)
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter
Step 1 6
Draw the measurements onto wooden board and metal

Have a wooden board cut to size - 200 cm x 20 cm x 2 cm - in your DIY superstore and buy a 20 cm x 35 cm x 1 mm sheet of metal. Transfer the parts for your shelf from the construction plan to the wooden board and the sheet of metal.

Step 2 6
Using Dremel DSM20 and DSM500 cut the wood and DSM510 for metal

Saw the wooden parts neatly into shape using the Dremel® DSM20 compact saw and the DSM500 multi-purpose carbide cutting disc. To cut the metal sheet to shape, switch to the DSM510 metal cutting disc and you can be sure of clean cuts.

Step 3 6
Drill clean holes with Dremel Multi-tool and 6mm wood drill bit

The Dremel® 4200 now comes into its own. With this Multi-Tool and a 6 mm wood drill you will drill clean holes in the wood.Superimpose ten of the diamond shaped pieces of board over each other and glue them together.

Step 4 6
Fix the elements with glue and dowels and then paint with acrylic

Assemble the remaining parts of the wooden shelf - except for the two bracket elements at the top - and transfer the drill holes to the part that lies below it. Then fix the individual elements with glue and dowels. Once the glue has dried, paint the shelf white using acrylic paint.

Step 5 6
Spray paint metal parts black for the front of the shelf

The metal parts that are later to serve as trim strips for the front of the shelf are spray-painted black. Screw the angle brackets onto the outer top edges of the shelf. You may also sand the front of the shelf. Fix the shelf to the wall and glue the two upper bracket elements to the angle brackets.

Step 6 6
Using double sided tape, fix the black metal parts to front of shelf

Finally, fix the black metal parts to the front of the shelf using double-sided adhesive tape and your bookshelf in its minimalist modern design is ready to use.