Front Section View C

Fixed shelf complete the bookcase

'V Mini fix fastener

"•wide edge banding on all shelf fronts and bottom case edges

Before assembling the bookcase, you'll need to apply the edge banding to all the exposed plywood edges. You'll get cleaner cuts, especially in the tight corners. The next page gives step-by-step instructions on how easy the edge banding is to work with.

Materials, Supplies, & Cutting Diagram

Once you've finished with the edge banding, the bookcase is ready to be assembled. The main drawing above shows how everything goes together.

INSTALL HARDWARE. Start by installing the cams and bolts in the fixed shelves and case sides. Then slide each fixed shelf onto the connector bolts in one bookcase side and tighten the cams. As the cams are tightened, they pull the shelves in tight. Detail 'c' above shows how the connectors work.

BACK PANEL Now, slide the back panel into the grooves in the top and bottom shelves and the one bookcase side. Then you can attach the other bookcase side.

FINAL DETAILS. All that's left to do is slide die top back panel and glue filler blocks into the grooves in the sides (details 'a' and 'b'). The blocks will provide support for the edging that covers the grooves.

With the bookcase assembled, you've added a lot of extra storage with just a little effort. DSI

A Case Sides (2) B Upper Fixed Shelf (1) C Middle Fixed Shelf (1) D Lower Fixed Shelf (1) E Toe Kick (1) F Top Back Panel (1) G Back Panel (1) H Adjustable Shelves (2)

t Upper Filler Blocks (2) J Lower Filler Blocks (2)

3U ply. - 12 x 25 >/2 3k Ply. - 13% x 25>/2 3% ply. - 2% x 2572 3k ply. - 9 x 26 '/* ply. - 26 x 47Vj 3k Ply. - 12 X 25% X 74 - 7? Ua X % - 2

Wx 48"- 96" Cherry Plywood

Wx 48"- 96" Cherry Plywood

Also NEEDED: One 48" x 48" sheet Vi cherry plywood for back panel One Va" x 'A" - 6" rgh. cherry for filler blocks u

Also NEEDED: One 48" x 48" sheet Vi cherry plywood for back panel One Va" x 'A" - 6" rgh. cherry for filler blocks

Cherry Plywood

Using the trimming tool, trim the edging flush with both faces of the plywood. You can trim the ends of the edge banding with a utility knife. Then sand all the edges smooth.

Working in short sections, Iron the edge banding onto the edge of the plywood. A sheet of kraft paper prevents the iron from scorching the banding.

How Edge Band Plywood

For smooth results, fill any gaps or voids in the edge of the plywood before applying the edge banding. After the filler dries, sand it smooth.

Iron Edge Banding

Edge Banding iron-on

Instead of edging the plywood panels of the bookcase with strips of hardwood, I decided to use iron-on edge banding. Edge banding is easy to apply, especially on curved edges like the sides of the bookcase. And since it's made from solid wood, it blends in perfectly with the project.

The edge banding is just a long, narrow strip of Vie"-thick veneer. (It's sold in a few different widths and types of wood, see Sources on page 49.) One side of the banding is covered with a heat-activated glue. All you have to do to apply it is rim a hot iron over it. It's really that simple, but there are a few details to be aware of.

PREP WORK. The first step is to fill any voids in tine edge of the plywood (Photo 1). You don't want gaps to telegraph through the banding, and the banding will be less likely to peel away or chip.

IRON ON. After sanding the filler smooth, you can apply the edging. All you need is an ordinary clothes iron. Set the iron on high heat (cotton) and place a piece of kraft paper over the banding to prevent scorching. Then simply iron the banding onto the edge of the plywood (Photo 2).

1 find that I get the best results by ironing a short section of banding at a time. Fifteen to 30 seconds is usually enough to melt the glue so tire banding will adhere.

TRIM. An inexpensive tool is used to trim the edge banding flush with the sides of the panel (Photo 3). Then you can cut the ends of the banding with a utility knife. And if you're covering more than one edge, make sure to overlap the banding at the ends.

The only items you need for applying edge banding are an iron, a trimming tool, and some wood filler.

For smooth results, fill any gaps or voids in the edge of the plywood before applying the edge banding. After the filler dries, sand it smooth.

Using the trimming tool, trim the edging flush with both faces of the plywood. You can trim the ends of the edge banding with a utility knife. Then sand all the edges smooth.

Working in short sections, Iron the edge banding onto the edge of the plywood. A sheet of kraft paper prevents the iron from scorching the banding.

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