How to Build Suspended Bookshelves

Steel cable and shaft collars add style and strength

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Miter saw
  • Brad nail gun
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Allen wrench
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Lineman's pliers
  • Level
  • Drill bit set
  • Framing square
  • Safety glasses
  • Sanding block
  • Table saw

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • See the Materials List in Additional Information at the end of the Step-by-Step Section.
  • Sandpaper, 100- and 150-grit
  • Stain and varnish or other wood finish