How to build a video game book shelf

Above photo is the finished photo of the video game book shelf storage I custom built… It doesn’t take long especially when you can go to Home Depot and buy the wood right off the shelf and save you a ton of time with cutting or ripping the wood…

First you always want to find where you want to locate your video game book shelf first… Here is the location where I wanted to have my book shelf displayed… It was going to be in between these two closets… I was going to build a wall mounted Mame machine and have the machine/computer in the closet and snake the wires and through the wall but… It was just going to have a monitor and the control panel but I figured it just wasn’t enough room with the pole to hold up the house in the way… So I decided this was a good area for the Video Game book shelf.  I measured it out and made a little diagram see below photo…

A quick diagram of the shelf isn’t a bad idea… you don’t have to use a CAD program or anything but it is good that you measure twice and cut once… especially if you have a space where you need to fit this book shelf… in this case we needed it to fit perfect in the space so a quick drawing and adding up all the measurements always helps…

After I calculated all the measurements… I picked out wood @ home depot that was 6 inches wide by 8 foot tall..  3/4 inch thick pine planks.  I grabbed 4 of these shown in the photo… it was enough to make the sides and the shelves with a little extra left over…  very little…

Measure twice… cut once!   I cut the sides of the video game book shelf first…  that makes the most sense seeing that is what you’ll need to start with first…  Here I was able to use my chop saw for very accurate and straight cuts… you can also use a circular saw just make sure you mark the wood good and use a straight edge as well so the cuts aren’t crooked…

Never hurts to double check your work or even triple check it… I placed the newly cut sides to see how they would fit in the area of where the video game book shelf was ultimately going to be placed.   I also took the measurement while the the sides where places there just in case my calculations where wrong for the shelves.    I then cut one shelf at a time to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes…  mistakes cost money and I needed this shelf on a budget.

I then started with attaching the first shelf which is actually the top shelf…  I used this oversize wood clamp to hold the shelf together… The good thing about using these wood clamps is that you can move and reposition the first shelf properly then tighten it so it doesn’t move… You’ll be pre-drilling each hole so you don’t split the pine wood  (see photo below)  Get a good set of drill bits just in case you don’t have them…  I also suggest using a very flat surface and I do not recommended to do this on a rug or carpet… A flat garage concrete floor or basement floor is optimum.   Once you start attaching the shelves you don’t want to have any mistakes or errors or your book shelf will look crooked.

Very very important to pre drill your holes before screwing your shelves in…  It will eliminate any chance of splitting the pine wood… I used coarse 2 1/2 inch dry wall screws to give the book shelf some extra strength… in case my little ones decided to use the book shelf as a ladder… some might say it is over kill but better safe then sorry… just make sure you drill on target (stay on target… stay on target…) and drill those pilot holes straight.  Some use a nail gun but I find screwing the shelf a little strong… some will disagree but hey at this point you can use what you want to use…  Screw and glue is the strongest but but I thing that is over kill for video games… they aren’t going to be that heavy.

Never hurts to keep placing your custom video game book shelf in it’s place… never want to make any mistakes at this point…     Seeing the top shelf is attached it also gives the shelf the chance to stand on it’s own now… You can work from this position or lay it down… I choose to work from this position because you will see how you can make the shelves nice and level and not have any errors going forward.

Now you are going to want to work from the bottom to the top… why?  well you’ll see… I find this is the easiest way to make sure you shelves are a perfect fit for your games…  as you can see I wanted to leave a little space here at the bottom for ventilation… I used these PS2 games as my measuring blocks… Also it is a good idea to break out your level as well…

 

Use your games as a guide or measuring device… Just make sure you don’t drill a hole through your games when you are driving the pilot hole or screwing the screw in…  At this point you should have all your shelves measured and cut…  It is smooth sailing from here just again don’t make a mistake with the pilot holes or driving your screws in…

This Carpenters Square is very useful for lining up your back screw with your front screw…  as show in the photo above… mark with a pencil and just drill the pilot hole and then drill your screw in the pilot hole… that easy…

Here is a photo of all the tools I used other than the Chop Saw (pictured above)   Having two cordless drills aren’t needed but is very handy because one drill can have a Phillips head bit in it and the other can have the drill bit in it…   if you are following me…

Well it is as easy as that…  and the results look great… I am eventually going to paint it but I will paint it in the spring black when it warms up a bit…   hope this helped and inspired anyone to make their own custom shelf to display all those awesome video game collections you all have!

Total Cost was $37.98 for materials.. wood and screws… the tools I had…

Brent
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