Tower Bookcase

Sometimes smaller can actually be better. The narrow design of this bookcase means it will fit just about anywhere. And if you prefer a shorter version, we'll show you how to make a plant stand or a smaller bookcase with a frame and panel or solid top.

ho couldn't use a little more storage space around their home? Especially when you don't have to sacrifice a lot of floor space to get it. That's the idea behind the simple design of this tower bookcase.

It takes up less than two square feet cf floor space because everything is stored vertically. Yet the six shelves (four cf them adjustable) can store or display a variety of items.

features. One neat thing about the adjustable shelves is how they're held in the case. Dowel pins fit into grooveson the ends of the shelves. So when the shelves are installed, the dowel pins are completely hidden.

There are a couple of other features I like about this bookcase. First of all, it's mobile. The compact size and light weight make it easy to move the bookcase anywhere extra storage space is needed.

Second, this is an easy project to customize to fityour needs. Need a plant stand or just a shorter bookcase with a solid top? In the Designer's Notebook on pages 52 and 53 you'll learn how to make it shorter and build three different designs for the top.

joinery. No matter whether you build the tall or the short version of this bookcase, tongue and groove joints are all that are needed to hold the case together. And building the top and bottom molding and attaching them to the case is just as straightforward.

WOOD. I built the sides and shelves cf this bookcase from cherry plywood (one 4x8 sheet is more than enough for these Darts). The back cf the bookcase is made from a half sheet cf cherry plywood. The sides and shelves are all edged with solid cherry. (See the Shop Tip box with some tips on trimming the edging flush on page 493

FINISH. I used a deep cherry stain for this project. Once the stain dried, I topped it off with two coats of satin polyurethane.

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