Once the edging was glued on the sides of the tower bookcase, it needed to be trimmed flush. To do this, I used a router with a flush trim bit.
To prevent the bearing from dropping in the dadoes in the sides, I filled in each dado with a filler strip that was just thick enough to fit flush with the face of the plywood (Fig. 1).
The trick to keeping the router from tipping when working on the thin edges is to clamp both side pieces together. It gives a wider surface for the router to sit on. And it lets you rout the edging on both pieces at the same time.
To make this work, you'll have to separate the case sides to make room for the router bit. I clamped 2x4 spacers between the sides to hold them apart and make a wide platform for the router (see photo at right and Fig. 2).
Finally, I trimmed the edging to length with a sharp chisel (Fig. 3).
With the case assembled and glued together, I wanted to hide the plies on the fixed shelves the same way the side pieces were covered. To do that, strips cf shelf edging (D) are glued to the top, bottom, and middle fixed shelves (Fig. 5). Alsosee the Shop Tip boxbelow.
BACK, Now is a good time to enclose the back of the case. Normally, it's about the last thing I do. But on a tall narrow project like the bookcase, it's easy to rack the sides just moving it around the shop. Adding back pieces nowstrengthens the case.
The two case backs (E) are cut from a half sheet cf %"-thick plywood (Fig. 3. You may wonder why I used two pieces instead of just one. It's economics. By using two pieces,I could cut both from a half sheet cf plywood instead cf having to buy a full sheet.
N±e: Don't worry about the "seam" where the two back pieces meet It'll be hidden behind the middle fixed shelf (Fig. 5b).
Now install the case backs in the rab bets cut in the case sides. To do that, I used glue and brads.
cleat. To complete conskuction cf the case, a cleat (F) is attached to the bottom fixed shelf (Fig. 5c). This cleat is a 3/4"-thick piece cf stock glued and clamped flush with the front It's added to create more glue surface for attaching the front piece of bg$e molding (added next).
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