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Decorative Millwork Bookends

Turn pre-cut millwork into ornamental bookends in only a few hours.

Bookends made from millwork

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Wood glue
  • Clamp or painter’s tape
  • 120-grit sandpaper


  • 4 - 3-1/2 x 6-1/2-in plinth blocks, #107581
  • 4 - 3-1/2-in rosettes, #107571
  • Waxman 4-in rubber pads, pack of 2, #54433
  • Valspar Signature semigloss, Rare Sienna, #2010-7

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Step 1

Glue and clamp two rosette blocks with their smooth backs together and with the wood grain going in the same direction. Check that at least one edge and one end are flush. After the glue dries, sand the remaining edges and ends flush. (Repeat this and the following steps if you’re making a second bookend.)

Good to Know

If you don’t have a clamp for these assemblies, wrap painter’s tape around the parts as tightly as possible.

Step 2

Glue rosettes to a plinth block

Mark the center of a plinth block at the bottom edge of the profile face. Glue and clamp the pair of rosettes centered on the plinth block with the edges flush.

Step 3

Glue a plinth block to the assembly

Glue and clamp the second plinth block to the assembly with the edges flush and the bottom of the second block flush with the bottom face of the assembly.

Step 4

Sand as needed, wipe clean, and apply the finish of your choice (Rare Sienna shown). After the finish dries completely, cut a rubber pad to fit the bottom plinth block and stick it in place.