DIY Revolving Bookcase

I once saw the revolving bookcase in Pottery Barn’s teen section and I pin it it in my board on Pinterest. A veeeeery looong time ago. I saw it recently and well I’m no teen but I love it and thought it would make great craft room storage… so, I made one with a similar look.

I’m in the slow process of redoing an area upstairs and turning it into a craft room.

Anyhow, here’s the Pottery Barn revolving bookcase.

DIY Revolving BookcaseAnd here’s the one I made.

DIY Revolving BookcaseMine is a bit different than Pottery Barn’s but it still has a similar look. I wanted wider shelves to hold craft supplies and I added a “unique” molding technique.

Here’s how I did it. I made eight 24 inch circles out of a 4 x 8 sheet of 1/2 inch MDF. It cost $33.

DIY Revolving BookcaseThe circles were drawn out using a paint stir stick with a hole in one end for a nail and a hole 12 inches out for a pencil. They were cut using a rough cut with a jigsaw first then a smooth cut using a flush cut router bit.

You can see the router bit in action below and I will do a tutorial later this week for women who woodwork.

The center pole was next to make which I used 1 x 4 x 6 foot pine that cost $15. I just made a long square.

DIY Revolving BookcaseHELLOOOOO!!!!!!

DIY Revolving BookcaseNext I cut out center squares with the Dremel Saw.

DIY Revolving BookcaseThen drew lines from the corners out.

DIY Revolving BookcaseI added a lazy susan mechanism. Note this is not the final lazy susan I used. I had to buy a larger one online at woodworkers supply that’s 12 inches in diameter. Cost $18 with shipping.

DIY Revolving BookcaseI used two 2′ x 4′ sheets of 1/2 inch MDF for the shelf upright dividers that cost $20. I forgot to take pictures of this part, but I used the dremel saw to cut 8 inch strips. Then cut 3 or 4 pieces for each “layer.” I simply stacked, glued and nailed everything together starting from the bottom and worked up.

Next is the fun part… I cut up leftover trim to approximately 2 inches…

DIY Revolving Bookcase…and proceeded to glue them on around the bottom the top edges. Some pieces are upright, some are on their side and I think some are even backwards! I did have to buy a couple of pieces of trim to finish at $14. I thought it would take f~o~r~e~v~e~r!!! But surprise, under 2 hours!

DIY Revolving BookcaseHere’s the creation… or creature… ready for paint. Notice I moved inside, too hot, sticky and sweaty!!! I purposely added only 3 dividers on two levels because I wanted longer items to fit. This time function won a bit over form!

DIY Revolving BookcaseAfter two coats of creamy almost white paint, it’s ready to spin!

DIY Revolving BookcaseHere’s a peek at the spun around other side!

DIY Revolving BookcaseI’m thrilled with how much this creature holds. Notice I still have open places.

Pottery Barn’s revolving bookcase costs $699. Since I had the paint and most of the trim scraps I spent $100.

I realize this is a big project but I believe if you work yourself through it anyone could do any big project.

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DIY Revolving Bookcase