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When 1 build a project for my family, I'll come up from the shop and the first words out of their mouths are usually something like-. "Aren't you done male ing my (corner cabinet, entertainment center. Morris chair, carved weasel) yet.'"

Well, this time the joke was really on them. 1 went down to the shop at 8 a.m. one day and by 5 p.m., this bookcase was sanded, assembled and ready for finishing. They were shocked.

There's nothing fancy about this basic bookcase unit, but it does hold a ton of stuff, is inexpensive to build (about $70 in materials) and goes together as fast as a highboy on "The New Yankee Workshop." Well, OK, maybe not that fast-

Follow the photos and drawings to build your own, but be forewarned: Once you build something this fast, your family is going to think you spend most of your time in the shop just goof-tng off. It you work in a smalI shop (like I do) the No. 1 challenge with a piece of furniture like this is cutting down the plywood into manageable sizes for my table saw.

Luckily, Contributing Editor Nick Engler showed me how to do it quickly and accurately. He made a simple platform from 2 x 4s that you place on two sawhorses in your driveway. Using a special shop-made fence and a circular saw, you can make perfect cuts in sheet goods.

The One-weekend Bookcase

NO.

ITEM

DIMENSIONS (INCHES)

T

w

L

2

Sides

3/<

12

80

2

Top and bottom

3A

103A

22Vi

3

Fixed shelves

10'/j

22 Vj

3

Adj. shelves

\

10'/2

ll\

1

Kick

3/4

33/4

22 V2

1

Back

Vi

23 Vj

78

1

Fitting strip

%

1

80

2

French cleats

\

3

22'/?

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