How to Build an Adjustable-shelf Bookcase

ozzoccomcastn says:
What is used to hold shelves?
What is used to hold shelves?
This adjustable-shelf bookcase includes double-wall construction with concealed edges and flush sides.

This bookcase has two adjustable shelves. Its double-wall construction adds strength to the unit while concealing the plywood edges and creates flush sides that allow you to slide books out without catching them on the face frame. You can easily make it taller, and its subassembly construction goes so quickly that you may want to build two of them at the same time to flank a window or fireplace.

Other materials
Red oak plywood is the material of choice here, but you can save money by using melamine-coated fiberboard and concealing the edges with veneer tape. Painted birch plywood is another practical option, and it's stronger than fiberboard. Built as shown, the bookcase makes an impressive addition to your home.


About 8 hours to build, plus finishing time

Tape measure, try square, framing square, electric drill/driver, bits, countersink bit, table saw, circular saw, bar clamps, router, router bits, hammer, nail set, needle-nose pliers, sander

Measuring, sawing

Assemble materials and tools, prepare large work area

Exploded View
Materials Needed
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Comments (3)
ozzoccomcastn wrote:

What is used to hold shelves?

5/1/2016 04:01:43 PM Report Abuse
nknatedog12gma wrote:

I believe the entire height should add to a total of 48", and the 43 3/4" is either a type or it refers to the back (N). The 47 1/4" side panels extend all the way to the bottom of the entire structure, which would make the full height 48", and they would fit.

9/11/2015 08:49:32 AM Report Abuse
diamondpony wrote:

I just downloaded the exploded view and notice that the overall height of the case is 43 3/4". If the side panels are to be 471/4' something doesn't add up. Please let me know what the dimensions are to be. Thanks, Reid

4/18/2014 01:41:11 PM Report Abuse
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