Build Better Bookcases

We show you how to make a great bookcase in any style, with one basic box design and one sheet of plywood.
By Robert W. Lang
Pages: 32-41

From the June 2005 issue #148
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Everyone needs a bookcase, and if you’re a beginning woodworker, it’s a great project to develop skills without breaking the bank. Our staff got together to design the ideal bookcase. We wanted it to fit in the average home, look good and be made to last. We also wanted to show that the same basic construction could be dressed up in different ways to suit anyone’s sense of style. Our goal was to produce a plan that would make good use of materials, and be relatively quick and easy to put together and finish. We held meetings, passed memos, e-mails and sketches around the office and, in the end, made the new guy (me) do all the work.

From the June 2005 issue #148
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