Tuskegee Mascot Bookends

Tuskegee Mascot Bookends

One set of custom bookends inspired by Tuskegee University tiger mascot.

5 col


Plastic or rubber tiger – approx. 10” length
(4) 1” x 4” x 8” lumber
(4) Decorative gold metal corners with hardware
(8) Picture frame rubber bumpers
Sandpaper block – Medium 60-100 grit
Drill with a 1/8” countersink bit and Phillips head bit
Extra small Phillips head screwdriver
(2) 1 1/2” Wood screws
Wood glue
Glue gun with glue sticks
Wood filler
Metallic gold spray paint
Wood stain – color of choice
Foam brush
Craft knife
Cutting mat
Dry rag
Rubber gloves



1. Use a ruler to measure the halfway point along one 4” edge of 1” x 4” x 8” lumber and mark with a pencil. Using a drill with a 1/8” countersink bit, drill a pilot hole about 1/4” up from pencil mark (See images below)

2. Apply a line of wood glue along the 4” end of a second piece of 1” x 4” x 8” lumber. Press the 1” x 4” x 8” lumber with the countersink hole onto the wood glue to make an L-shape out of the two pieces. Secure the two pieces together using a drill with a Phillips head bit and 1 1/2” wood screw (See images below)

3. Cover the top of the screw with wood filler to hide it. Allow the wood filler to dry for at least 1-2 hours before moving on to the next step

4. Use a sandpaper block, medium 60-100 grit, to remove any rough edges from the frame (See image below)

5. Put on rubber gloves. Apply wood stain all over the wood frame with a foam brush. Rub off excess stain with a dry rag. Allow the stain to dry for 1-2 hours before moving on to the next step (See images below)


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6. Place the wood frame with the long side up. The covered screw will be on the bottom. Place a decorative metal corner in each of top corner. Secure in place using an extra small Phillips head screwdriver and the corners accompanying hardware (See images below)

7. Repeat Steps 1-6 to make the second frame


8. Use a ruler to find the center of the tiger and mark with a pencil. Make sure there are two legs either side of the pencil mark (See image below)

9. Use a craft knife to carefully cut the tiger in half (See images below)

10. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the tiger halves with gold paint. Allow the paint to dry for 2-4 hours before moving on to the next step (See images below)

11. Place picture frame rubber bumpers in each corner of the underside of each wood frame to protect surfaces (See image below)

12. Use a glue gun to apply a line of hot glue around the cut section of the tiger and adhere it to one wood frame. Repeat to add the second half of the tiger to the other frame (See images below)

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