Bookcase

DECREE OF DIFFICULTY: medium

TIME TO MAKE: 40 hours

This is one of several pieces that were made to furnish a study.

The size was dictated by the amount of space available after the other pieces of furniture had been accommodated, and also by the dimensions of the books it was going to hold. Because I have a number of non-fiction books that are A4 size or larger, at least one of the shelves had to be high enough for these.

It would be possible to customize the design according to individual requirements. For example, it could be made narrower or slightly wider, or an extra shelf could be added. If it was intended to hold paperbacks, the shelves could be made closer together. If a much wider version was made, the shelves would then require some extra means of support in the centre to prevent sagging.

With the exception of the back, the entire bookcase is made from 3/4in (18mm) nominal thickness pine, with the various lengths and widths cut from wide pre-jointed boards. The timber was carefully selected to avoid boards with too many knots or flaws.

1 CUTTING LIST 1

PLINTH

Wide leg sides (outer stand) (4)

Pine

5'/2 x 21/2 x Hin (140 x 64 x 18mm)

Narrow leg sides (outer stand) (4)

Pine

5b x 1H x Hin (140 x 44 x 18mm)

Short rails (outer stand) (2)

Pine

7 x 2b x Hin (179 x 64 x 18mm)

Long rails (outer stand) (2)

Pine

25 x 2b x Hin (635 x 64 x 18mm)

Short rails (inner stand) (3)

Pine

9% x 2 x Hin (258 x 51 x 18mm)

Long rails (inner stand) (2)

Pine

28b x 2 xHin (724 x 51 x 18mm)

ALSO REQUIRED:

Dowelling (for joints)

CARCASS

Sides (2)

Pre-jointed pine board

30 x 12 x Hin (762 x 305 x 18mm)

Top (1)

Pre-jointed pine board

30 x 12 x Hin (762 x 305 x 18mm)

Base (1)

Pre-jointed pine board

30 x 12 x Hin (762 x 305 x 18mm)

Shelf (1)

Pre-jointed pine board

29b x 11 x Hin (743 x 279 x 18mm)

Back made from tongue and groove planks

Pine

approx. 276 x 3% x Hin (7,000 x 95 x 9mm)

FIG 17.1

Side view and front section with dimensions.

FIG 17.1

Side view and front section with dimensions.

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