Shelf Help

Artist Jim Rosenau transforms books into bookshelves.

By Alison Sherbach

Hardcover book (one you don’t mind not reading again).
Bottle of tacky glue
2 Large L-brackets
Handheld disposable razorblade
4 small screws (about half an inch in length)
4 large screws (at least an inch in length)
Phillips head screwdriver
Stack of books (hardcovers or paperbacks)

1. Open your hardcover book to the back cover. Using your ruler, measure the length of your book, and then divide that length into thirds by drawing two lines across the width of the last page. If your book is nine inches in length, for example, you will want to make a line three inches from the right side of the page, and another line three inches from the left side of the page, creating three sections of three inches apiece.

2. Place an L-bracket over each line, making sure to keep the bracket face down, and trace each bracket’s outline. Remove the L brackets

3. Using your razor blade, cut out the outline you have just traced. You will want to make your cuts at a depth of at least 60 pages.

4. Place each L-bracket into the now hollow spaces and screw them into the book, using your Phillips’ head screwdriver and two small screws for each bracket. Remember to keep the bracket flat on the page, so that the L portion is facing down towards the table.

5.  Glue the 60 pages that are sitting above the bracket together using your tacky glue. When you are finished, place your stack of books on top of your hardcover book and let it sit overnight. This step is important so that your pages don’t come undone when you go to hang your finished product.

6. When the book is finished drying, use your four large screws to attach your book to the wall. You may need someone to help you hold the book in place while you do this. Place another book or two on top of your finished project to cover the exposed L-bracket.

When the shelf is finished, your books will appear to float on the wall!

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