The Barrister Bookcase article (April 2007, #161) is a homerun with more than a few readers. There’s going to be more bookcases than barristers when all is said and done. Well, maybe not!
Why do I think that? The phone calls. One of the best things about joining the staff at Popular Woodworking magazine is the chance to talk woodworking all day. Getting calls from you adds to that enjoyment. And, I’ve received more than a few calls concerning the bookcases.
Unfortunately, that’s in part because I omitted some information that makes this project a bit easier. My computer is like the projector in the cutting room of a movie studio , some of the important pieces of the show get left out by mistake.
I’m referring to the location of the holes for the brass pins, and to the width measurement for the backboard on the taller units , your two most requested pieces of information. The former relieves the stress of mathematics when figuring those locations, while the latter ends confusion and brings a clear picture into the mind’s eye.
So here you are: The width of the backboard is 16-7/8″ not 5/16″ (Didn’t miss that by much did I?) and the link below pulls up a drawing provided by Senior Editor Robert W. Lang that demystifies the pin placement.
Hope this helps. Build Something Great!