Basic Bookcase

Good-quality prefabricated bookcases are tough to come by for less than $100. Spend a fraction of that amount 011 materials for this project, and you can construct a bookcase that will last for years. Our low-standing bookcase is just the right height for kids, but it's also a sturdy and practical addition to any room in the house. Build it from one sheet of paint-grade plywood in an afternoon.

Basic Bookcase

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TYPE: Bookcase

□ (1) 3A in. x 4 x © ft. birch ply wood (or

OVERALL SIZE: 32L by 32H by 11D

any paint-grade, veneer-core


MATERIAL: Birch plywood

JOINERY: Dado and rabbet joints; butt Joints rein

□ 2-in. dry waif screws

forced with glue and screws

Wood glue


□ Finishing materials

* Shelves are supported by dadoes routed in

bookcase sides

■ Back panel edges are concealed by rabbets

cut in bookcase sides

FINISH: Primer and paint

BUILDING TIME: 4-5 hours

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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