A well-organized bookshelf acts as an attractive, functional home accent. To make bookshelves look more appealing, you can even make your own handmade bookshelves. Your handmade bookshelves will not only be original and handmade, but inexpensive as well. There are several ideas to create handmade bookshelves. For handmade bookshelves, use individual braces. These braces, also known as corbels, provide character and aesthetics to handmade bookshelves. A corbel is essentially a piece of wood that is cut at 90 degrees. The front of the corbel can be carved, or a simple French-curve corbel can be used. The top angle of the corbel is the support for the shelf and the other half of the 90-degree angle is placed against the wall. Screws penetrate the front of the corbel, securing it to the wall. You can make your own corbels from plywood or solid lumber, or you can purchase them with ornate carvings or designs.
For rustic handmade bookshelves that you might find in a lodge or recreation room, try using rough-sawn fir or pine lumber. Rough-sawn lumber can be purchased in thicknesses of 2 inches or more. This rough-textured lumber doesn’t need finishing and is strong enough to support a considerable amount of weight. Use an corbel that is also rough-sawn to create a substantial bookshelf that resembles a fireplace mantle. In a cabin or even a den, rough-sawn fir or pine adds a touch of the outdoors to a room.