Tapered Panel

IS THE BOOKCASE TOO BIG FOR YOUR ROOM?

If you don't have space for all three cabinets, consider making just one. Here are a couple of options:

1. Make the center cabinet only. Doors can be left off for a full-height bookcase. Make all the shelves adjustable and you'll have room for lots of books and collectibles.

2. Make a side cabinet -only. If you need a tall, narrow bookcase, this is the way to go. To use the side cabinet alone, make both side panels tapered and extend the applied top for an equal overhang on both sides.

Built-up plywood side panels give this cabinet a strong, solid look.

There's one potential problem with these built-up side panels: plywood is not perfectly flat. To make matters worse, if you glue up the plywood sides after simply laying them on a couple of sawhorses, the weight of the clamps will cause the sandwiched sides to bow and they'll end up looking more like the St. Louis Arch than part of a bookcase. To prevent bowing, we built a set of plywood I-beams to work on (Photo 2 and Fig. B, page 61). When you're done using the I-beams for this bookcase, add a sheet of plywood and you've got a quick, sturdy workbench.

Tools and Materials

To build this bookcase, you'll need a tablesaw, a jointer, a planer, a bandsaw or jigsaw, a router, a drill, a brad nailer and compressor, a biscuit joiner, a pocket-screw drilling jig and a variety of common hand tools. You'll also need a big bunch of clamps.

Materials for our bookcase, including hardware, cost about $1,500. If you substitute plain-sliced red oak for the rift-sliced white oak, your total cost will be about $700.

Building the Center Cabinet

Glue filler strips to one side panel. Add a few brad nails to keep the filler strips from sliding. Locate brad nails near the inside edge of the fillers so they don't interfere when the panels are cut to final size later.The second side panel goes on top of this assembly.

Beg, borrow or buy two dozen clamps. Add some backer strips to protect the good side of your plywood.Then, clamp the whole sandwich to the plywood I-beams.

Glue filler strips to one side panel. Add a few brad nails to keep the filler strips from sliding. Locate brad nails near the inside edge of the fillers so they don't interfere when the panels are cut to final size later.The second side panel goes on top of this assembly.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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