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

Vital Statistics

Shopping List

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

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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