Building My Dream Bookshelves βœ¨πŸ“š | Summary and Q&A

May 28, 2021
Ariel Bissett
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Building My Dream Bookshelves βœ¨πŸ“š


This video showcases the process of building bookshelves, from preparing the wall to arranging the books, with a focus on the wood finishing and woodworking techniques used.

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Key Insights

  • πŸ’‡ Building bookshelves requires several steps, including wall preparation, installing brackets, cutting and treating the wood, and arranging the books.
  • 🌲 Wood finishing techniques, such as using wood conditioner, staining, and applying multiple coats of polyurethane, contribute to the final look and smoothness of the shelves.
  • βŒ› The process of arranging books on the shelves can be overwhelming and requires time and decision-making.
  • ✌️ The creator had a positive and emotional experience, feeling a sense of victory and satisfaction after completing the shelves.
  • ✍️ Skillshare, an online learning community, sponsored the video, offering courses on various creative topics, including writing and design.
  • 🍻 An annual membership with Skillshare is less than $10 per month, and subscribers can get a 30% discount through the link provided in the video description.
  • 🌱 The creator plans to do a bookshelf tour in a future video, showcasing the final arrangement.


the time has come to build my bookshelves behind me is a blank wall a blank slate this project began by taking down fake wood paneling scraping off glue plastering and painting the wall so now we're at a blank slate but actually it was a lot of work to get here so here's the process of how i built my shelves first i installed all of the brackets wh... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What steps were involved in building the bookshelves?

The process began by preparing the wall, installing brackets, cutting the wood with the assistance of others, and treating it with wood conditioner, stain, and polyurethane.

Q: How did the creator achieve the desired color of the wood?

After applying the initial coat of stain and realizing it wasn't satisfying, the creator experimented with a custom blend. After wiping off the second coat, they achieved a color they were thrilled with.

Q: How did the creator ensure the shelves were smooth and finished?

The creator applied three coats of polyurethane, allowing each to dry for 24 hours before sanding them with progressively finer grit sandpaper (400, 600, and 1500 grit), resulting in shelves that were soft and smooth.

Q: What was the experience like arranging the books on the shelves?

It was an overwhelming but exhilarating process. The creator brought in all the books and spent time arranging them. There is still some micromanaging and decision-making to be done.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The content documents the step-by-step process of building bookshelves, beginning with preparing the wall and installing brackets, followed by cutting and treating the wood.

  • Wood finishing involves using wood conditioner, stain, and polyurethane to achieve the desired color and smoothness.

  • The video concludes with the exciting moment of arranging books on the completed shelves.

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