Hold off on plywood shelves… this time around – Sure, plywood is nice for bookcase shelves because it doesn’t have the warping problems that plague solid wood. But plywood comes in 4×8 sheets, which means you’ll be doing a LOT of cutting to make all the pieces for a simple bookcase. For experienced woodworkers, this isn’t really a problem. They’ll first cut down the sheet into more manageable pieces (usually with a circular saw) and then head over to an $800 table saw to get things perfectly square and perfectly sized for the bookcase plan they’re following. Not that you can’t do all this with another tool (like a circular saw or jigsaw), but at some point it just becomes too much work to make a zillion cuts in plywood without the bigger, beefy tools.
A beautiful bookcase used as an accent piece of furniture looks very impressive. If you are an avid reader and have a collection of good books in attractive bindings, it’s right that you should want to show them off. The major problem with bookcases is constant battle to keep them clean and free of dust. This dilemma is very easy solved, get yourself a barrister bookcase.
If you don’t have machinery like sliding table saws and 3 phase routers you can still do a great job with standard electric woodworking tools like:
Cherry Bookshelf plans. Consists of 13 pieces that are screwed and dadoed together. The shaping and joinery work is done with the use of drill press and a table saw. The bookshelf has pyramid top posts and slats . Cherry wood is normally used in there construction as it is lighter. You can use various other types of wood such as white oak. If you use white oak to build this bookcase you will require screws, screw hole plugs, slates and shelves.
Bill of Materials
Before committing myself to a set of bookcase plans, I first decided to shop around for a pre-fab bookshelf, both online and at a few discount furniture stores in town. My plan was to look at a wide range of styles and prices before deciding what to buy. It didn’t take me long to discover that I really had only two choices in the matter; buy somewhat expensive crappy particle board bookcases with fake wood laminate, or buy very expensive wood bookcases that will stay in my family for the next 100 years. The good stuff would be nice, but since I can’t afford to spend $800 at Ethan Allen right now, I’m really left with just one option: the somewhat expensive crappy bookcases. It’s disappointing to think this is my only choice.
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