These bookends require few tools and less than $20 in materials before finishing.
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From the 1 x 6, cut two pieces 4-1/2 inches long and two pieces 5-3/4 inches long. (If you don’t have a suitable saw, ask a Lowe’s associate to make the cuts.) Sand each piece smooth.
Place a bead of wood glue on one end of a 4-1/2-inch board. Clamp the glued end to the face of the 5-3/4-inch board so the face and end are flush. Check that they meet at a 90-degree angle and repeat for the second pair of boards.
On the inside corner of each bookend, place painter’s tape where the ends of the elbow will touch the wood. With the elbow centered on the bookend, trace around both ends of the elbow on the tape.
Use a crafts or utility knife to cut each circle on the inside edge of the marked lines. Remove the excess tape around the circle and press the circle edges flat against the wood with your fingernail.
Apply construction adhesive about 1/8 inch inside the edges of the unfinished circles and position an elbow on the circles. Tape the elbow to the wood until the adhesive cures. Repeat for the other bookend. Allow the finishes and adhesive to dry overnight before using. Estimated cost: $17 unfinished, $64 with finishes shown.