New Book Shelf Shelves

A long time ago, I had made some book shelf shelves out of cardboard so I could see more books on a shelf than normal. Today, I was cleaning up the garage and found some scrap wood so I made some more out of wood this time. No lights on this batch, but that can come later.

Old and new Bookshelf risers
Old and new Bookshelf risers

The first two I made was out of a junk MDF board.

junk wood shelf
junk wood shelf

The next one I made was from a much nicer scrap. I made this one a bit shorter as the shelf it went on was one peg shorter than the rest of the shelves.

A nice bookshelf shelf with center support to prevent sagging.
A nice bookshelf shelf with center support to prevent sagging.

I even went so far as counter-sinking the screws so the books don’t snag on screw heads.

When in doubt, glue it and screw it!
When in doubt, glue it and screw it!

Home made Red Oak Book Shelves for my bedroom


Here is the first shelf I had finished. I had to put a piece of backing board behind the short wall to support that end. luckily that section of wall was accessible from the inside of the closet.


I leveled the shelves up, side to side, and also along the wall, the curved corner dips about an eighth of an inch as for some reason, when I tighten the metal brackets down, the shelves wanted to have the outside edege about a half an inch lower than the wall side. I haven’t figured out why. I tipped the shelves back level when I screwed the bracket on the short side to the wall.


I had a lot of trouble shearing off the screws mounting the hardware to the red oak shelves. I ended up drilling the hole 1 drill bit size larger, and soaping the screws before I put them in.