Folding bookshelves may not be what we today call portable, but were common among the travelers of the 19th century. It was the easiest way to take your books with you, on a journey where the size of the luggage was not the biggest concern the traveler had. Despite the first impression, building the folding bookshelf is not a simple project, but as you progress, the challenges will unfold right in front of you. To stick to its originality, choose an exotic wood or classics like mahogany or walnut. Obtaining the hardware ahead of time will guide through necessary small woodworking steps. Brass hardware provides the best protection against heat, moisture, knocks and dents. The final touch is window glazing, which gives the door that classic, timeless look. Shellac and wax is the traditional finish for your new, portable bookshelf.
- This portable bookcase library was made from sapele, an African relative of mahogany.
- You can take this library wherever you want. You can keep it in your home or put it in the car for moving.
- These types of cabinets were popular in the 19th century but by following along here you could make your own DIY library.
“Before you process a single stick of timber, however, I think it’s best to first purchase the hardware for the bookcase.”