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Did you see the revolving bookcase in Pottery Barn’s teen section?

This one isn’t it!  But the one pictured below was my inspiration to make this one.

Well, I’m no teen by any means but I love it!  I thought it would make great craft room storage…so, I made one with a similar look.

Revolving Bookcase

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Anyhow, here’s the Pottery Barn revolving bookcase.

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And here’s the one I made.

Mine 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.

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I made eight 24 inch circles out of a 4 x 8 sheet of 1/2 inch MDF.  Cost $33.

The 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.  I did a tutorial for women who woodwork and how to use a router.

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The center pole was next to make which I used 1 x 4 x 6-foot pine that cost $15. I just made a l~o~n~g square.

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H~E~L~L~O~O~O~O~O!!!!!!

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Next, I cut out center squares with the Dremel Saw.

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Then draw lines from the corners out.

Installing the Lazy Susan

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I added a lazy susan mechanism.  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.

You can see how to install a lazy susan on my installing a lazy susan video {please don’t laugh too much!} Also, when this was filmed I had another website called Homa Style.  The best part though….I’ve lost weight since the filming!  Woot, woot!

Trims

I 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.

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

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..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 backward! 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! I have done this technique on my scrap wood mantle.  My f~a~v~o~r~i~t~e project to date!!

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Here’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!

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After two coats of creamy almost white paint, it’s ready to spin!

I’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.

Let me know in comments what big project you’ve tackled.

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Did you see the revolving bookcase in Pottery Barn's teen section?

This one isn't it!  But the one pictured below was my inspiration to make this one.

Well I'm no teen by any means but I love it!  I thought it would make great craft room storage...so, I made one with a similar look.

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P.S. If you’re reading this you made it through the whole post.  You made my day!  Let’s be the best of friends. 😊

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    Comments

    1. Smith says

      Hi there, Jeanette! I’m so thrilled that Beckie tracked you down and was able to give me the correct location for your project! It really is just perfect… space saving, terrific, unique, and not all that complex to make. And I really appreciate it from a personal level because I just started a small jewelry business at home, and I’m well and truly concerned that my craft supplies may crash and bury me alive some day soon. rofl Must organize, ASAP! Your shelving looks perfect for my needs, and its phenomenally cool that I can do one side of it rather decoratively… cute displays and the like, and put the rest of crafty goods all over the place, and then just revolve it to show only the ‘pretty’ side when I have company. I’m so devious. lol I’ll update the link in the pin to your lovely shelf asap, as I know it’ll be popular. 😉 Wishing you good luck moving your site! I can’t imagine how stressful that must be. And looking forward to all you create in the future.

    2. Darren Johnson says

      Hi
      Great bookshelf. I too saw the $600 PB one!

      Have wanted to build one for my daughter (now 6yrs old).

      I’d like too include a secret hidden spot for her. Would value your suggestion to a location.

      Thanks

      • Jeanette says

        Thanks Darren, for reading. I would suggest a hidden box in the middle section. Just make a small door and nail a floor to the area. That way her treasures wouldn’t fall to the bottom.

    3. Linda says

      I saw something similar to this used in the corner of a walk-in closet for shoe storage. I thought it was a great idea and wondered how to build it. Then I found your project. Thanks for the directions.

    4. Martha says

      I have a 4 X 6 ft booth in a local crafts & collectibles market. Wouldn’t this be great to display my items in the booth! I wonder if I could find someone to cut the circles for me. I think I could handle the rest.

      Thanks for posting your project!

      Martha in Oregon

      • Jeanette says

        Martha, You may want to check with a local hardware store for any handy people or woodworkers that could cut circles for you. Let me know how things turn out. ~Jeanette

    5. Beverly Miller says

      Thanks, Jeannette for fixing the link to this revolving bookcase. I love it. I am building shelves in my sewing closet right now, but i want to build this as soon as I finish the shelves. Again, Thanks so much.

    6. Rachel of OddModicum says

      Hi there, Jeanette! I’m so thrilled that Beckie tracked you down and was able to give me the correct location for your project! It really is just perfect… space saving, terrific, unique, and not all that complex to make. And I really appreciate it from a personal level because I just started a small jewelry business at home, and I’m well and truly concerned that my craft supplies may crash and bury me alive some day soon. rofl Must organize, ASAP! Your shelving looks perfect for my needs, and its phenomenally cool that I can do one side of it rather decoratively… cute displays and the like, and put the rest of crafty goods all over the place, and then just revolve it to show only the ‘pretty’ side when I have company. I’m so devious. lol I’ll update the link in the pin to your lovely shelf asap, as I know it’ll be popular. 😉 Wishing you good luck moving your site! I can’t imagine how stressful that must be. And looking forward to all you create in the future.
      Hugs & Hope,
      Rachel of OddModicum
      http://www.etsy.com/shop/OddModicum
      http://pinterest.com/orachel/boards/ (your bookcase is pinned to my DIY Hearth & Home board)

      • Jeanette says

        Rachel, thank you so much for tracking me down. Beckie Farrant is wonderful. I have a few more post to update on Knock off Decor. Changing the website has been a huge undertaking! With a total new name and host I could not automatically move the posts. But it’s starting to develop. Thanks for pinning and updating. I went to you etsy shop and facebook it. Fun jewelry! I will follow you on Pinterest too!

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