Woodworking How To Make A Book Case

Building a beautiful book case does not have to be a hard task for anyone any longer with these simple to follow 12744987_ssteps. Within eight steps there will be a new and beautiful case awaiting your favorite, new, or used books that you have been dying to put on a case just the right size. With this woodworking technique creating a personalized book case is possible.

Eight Steps to Build A Book Case

Step One: Choose a location that your book case will be located. This location should be chosen by the needs you may have for book storage. In order to make a proper diagram and get direct measurements one must start by imagining their perfect book case. It might be long and two shelved case or a tall three shelved book case. Either one will need to have the perfect location for all of your home interior design needs.

Step Two: Continue by measuring where you are going to place measurements and cut out a plywood frame. As an example we will use an ¾” plywood. This will be for the tops, interior shelves and sides of the case. An example of plywood to use is birch plywood since it comes in 4’ by 8’ sheets. If you have a table saw, this is the best woodworking tool to use. It is best to try not to worry about shape if not cut perfectly. The next step will tidy up the wood and get this woodworking project ready to start.

Step Three: Cut the top, side and shelves to a miter saw tool and cut them to appropriate length if needed. A miter saw gives a clean controlled cut compared to the table saw. This will help for sanding and thus making the entire process easier and take less time.

Step Four: Take the inside shelves and “rabbit” into the side panels by using a router. This will help make the unit a lot stronger and allow the shelves to hold more weight then normal. This is a great thing for those large hard cover books. Find the location for the first shelf and use the Tsquare to draw the first 3/4” strip on both side panels, and again for each shelf desired in the book case. A general rule is to have about 15 – 16 inches apart.

Step Five: When the grooves have been marked begin to router them out creating the rabbit joints. In order to do this use a straight edge along the shelf lines to guide where to use router on woodworking project. This is a great tool but can sometimes be hard to handle, use care and caution when using this tool.

Step Six: Start by attaching the top board to the two side boards using wood glue. Nail together to further strength of bookshelf. Next glue in the shelves one by one and add nails from outside to hold shelves in place. Last place, glue and nail the bottom half of the shelf together. Now you have a book case, but to add more glamour to the piece by following the next instructions.

Step Seven: Cut a poplar the same dimensions as the outside panels using the miter saw once more. The angles need to be joined with 45 degree cuts for a more tailored look. Use nails and woodglue to attach the framing to the book case.

Step Eight: The final and most exciting part about woodworking to make a book case is that in the end it can be everything you want it to be. Allow the wood to dry for 24 hours or more. Next you will want to sand your piece down. You can either do this by hand and get a more exciting sense of woodworking projects are you can use a power sander. Next fill any nail holes with paintable wood putty. Last you will need to wipe away any dust or debris from the woodworking and begin to paint or stain in any desired look one might want.


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  1. Jim Morgan


2 Responses to “Woodworking How To Make A Book Case”

  1. John says:

    Robyn, Thanks for the comments. A rabbit joint for (those that don’t know) is where one piece of wood fits into another. As an example shelve fits into a sort of grooved out notch in the side of a bookcase stand. A bookcase is great simple project to build and use with great satisfaction.

  2. Your means of telling the whole thing in this post is genuinely nice, all be able to without difficulty know it, Thanks a lot.|

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