How to make wood bookends from salvaged materials

I have a thing about books….like the actual paper page, hard back, colorful binder, musty smell, non-virtual kind. You might have guessed I had a thing for them from the name of this blog. Books and shoes…you can never have too many. Our collection of books is rather enormous, and I’m constantly picking up new ones at thrift stores. I just can’t resist when they usually only cost a few cents.

Industrial style bookends chapter37Naturally, I rather adore bookends and interesting things to prop up my books. I made this set of wood bookends from some architectural salvage I found at my local salvage shop. The “L” shape of the bookend is two blocks of wood, 6″ x 5″. I used a 1 x 6 and sliced it up with a miter saw. (Miter saws are weirdly addicting…you should try it.)

How to make wood bookends chapter37I used wood glue at the bases to put them together.

How to make wood bookends chapter37

Leave it alone until it’s thoroughly dry. Reinforce with screws (not pictured).

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Grab something interesting for the decorative part of the bookend. I used these two wood tops that came from stair rails. Glue together and again reinforce with a screw.

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Make sure all surfaces are sanded smooth and then work some magic with paint. I did a brushed metallic silver over black paint for an industrial sort of look.

Industrial style wood bookends chapter37

They don’t match perfectly, which I sort of love. An eclectic look is so much more interesting to the eye, don’t you think? Don’t forget to pad the bottoms so that your bookshelf won’t get scratched!

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These are quite sturdy and hold my thick books upright easily.

Industrial style bookends chapter37

You could use about a million and half different things to glue onto the wood to make interesting bookends…deer antlers, rocks, driftwood, small vases, vintage cups, small figurines, wood letters…what would you use?

P.S. These bookends are available for purchase HERE.

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9 Responses to How to make wood bookends from salvaged materials

  1. bj says:

    I love books and bookends, too…..and buy almost all my books at thrift stores and garage sales.
    Love your wooden bookends…great job.
    I am a new follower….

  2. Vicki says:

    Very creative!! I love the old school “books” also!! V

  3. carissa says:

    the possibilities of these are endless! thanks for sharing

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    We are having a party and it won’t be the same without your creativity!
    Craft Frenzy Friday!

  5. I love this project! Re-purposing material and doing such lovely job, priceless!

  6. din 7 says:

    I like the creativity and its very useful for the readers and for the librarians. Nice creativity.

    DIN 7 | DIN 6325

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