How to Build an Adjustable-shelf Bookcase

ozzoccomcastn says:
What is used to hold shelves?
What is used to hold shelves?
Make and Install the Top Step 1

Cut the plywood top (K) to size. Position it on the bookcase carcase, clamp, and fasten it in place with #8x1-1/4-inch flathead wood screws in counterbored holes from the inside. Drill carefully; use the correct length screws and don't go through the top.

Step 2

Rip and crosscut the top front edging (L) and the top side edges (M). Measure and miter-cut both ends of the front edging to length, then glue and clamp it to the front edge of the top.

Step 3

With the front edging in place, double-check the mitered lengths for the side edges. Miter-cut one end of each and dry-fit to the top. Glue and clamp the side edges in place.

Consider the Options: Trim with Cove Molding

The design options for this bookcase include a top made of edge-joined solid oak. Round top edges with a router and roundover bit, then add 3/4-inch oak cove molding beneath it.

Top Edge Options

You can give the bookcase top a more finished look without adding edge molding. Rout its top and bottom with a 1/8-inch roundover bit (top photo). Rout the piece on a router table before it's attached or by working with a handheld router after it is attached to the case.

Another option is to add a profiled molding to the top edge.

Continued on page 6:  Complete the Basic Assembly


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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