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Marc Bartolomeo shows how to frame and assemble a custom bookcase.
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Hey scholars and do it yourselfers! I am going to show you some quick and easy tips for building a bookcase like this one for your kitchen, or well, anywhere for that matter, check it out.
Now, we don't have too much room here, so we are going to create a bookcase which is, 4 feet tall by 20 inches wide by 12 inches deep. We are going to get started by using our table saw and cutting down two 12 inch strips at our birch plywood. These two 12 inch strips will then be used for the side, top and shelves of the unit. The second part is cutting the one eight foot board directly in half, creating the two four foot sides, and the other piece will be cut into quarters. The bottom, top and the two interior shelves.
Your third step is going to be marking the interior side panels for some rabbit groove joints. Placing the two panels side by side, you are going to secure it using a piece of scrap wood. Then using a T square, we are going to draw a two three quarter inch strips across both pieces at once. One would be measured 16 inches on center from the bottom of the unit, the other will be 16 on the center of the top of the unit. We are going to move to routering out those grooves by using a three quarter inch router bit. I am going to be using a level to guide the router along the groove, but that router is a very high velocity tool, and it can run away from you. Now let's go inside to assemble the unit.
We are going to start by fixing the top of the bookcase to the side panels. It's time to install the two interior shelves. Add glue to your rabbit grooves, and install the shelves. And finish by nailing the shelves through the sides from front to back. You will glue and nail the cleek to the interior back portion of the bookcase flushed with the back surface. A cleek will be used to secure the unit to the wall.
Finish off the face of the bookcase by covering up the unfinished plywood edges with inch and a quarter strips of poplar wood. Then next, we are going to add in a three quarter inch decorative smoothing molding which will cover the face of the interior shelf.
Alright, that should about do it. Your bookcase is now fully constructed, what's left, is to fill in all the nail holes sanded, and get it ready for painting. Then add some chrome molding for that finished look. This baby will accept most standard books, no peg and binders, or perhaps how to, and DIY manuals, and you can't beat that.
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