How to Build an Adjustable-shelf Bookcase

diamondpony says:
I just downloaded the exploded view and notice that the overall height of the case is 43 3/4". If th...... more
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
 
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.

Checklist

Time
About 8 hours to build, plus finishing time

Tools
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

Skills
Measuring, sawing

Prep
Assemble materials and tools, prepare large work area

Exploded View
 
Materials Needed
 
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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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