Assembly

This is a very simple project, and the only critical part of the assembly is to mark the shelf placements accurately. Take time to do this correctly and use a framing square; otherwise, your shelves will slant (and it will be difficult to store marbles on them).

  1. Figure 1 shows the marking layout for placing the shelves. Set the two sides (A) next to each other, and simultaneously mark the position for all of the shelves completely across both sides.
  2. Glue and screw the four shelves (B) between the two sides (A) as shown in Figure 2, carefully aligning each shelf with the marks you made in Step 1.1 used three screws on each end of each shelf, but you can add more if the shelves feel unsteady. Just be sure to space them evenly apart. It helps to use bar clamps to hold the assembly together (this prevents any shifting) while you are inserting the screws.
  3. As an optional step, if you want to store lots of books or other heavy objects, you can add a piece of 1/4-inch-thick plywood to the back of the bookcase for additional reinforcement. Construct a back panel (D) by trimming the plywood to match the full dimensions of the finished bookcase—41 inches high by 25-1/2 inches wide. Attach the back panel (D) to the rear side of the bookcase by screwing it into the edges of the sides (A) and shelves (B). Use 1-1/4-inch-long screws spaced about 6 inches apart.
  4. Glue and nail the trim piece (C) under the bottom shelf (B), flush with the front edge, as shown in Figure 2. Use 6-penny finishing nails spaced about every six inches, nailing through the lower shelf (B). Also nail through the sides (A) into the trim piece (C). Countersink all of the nails.
  5. Use wood filler to fill any cracks and crevices. Sand the completed bookcase.
  6. Paint or stain the bookcase the color of your choice.

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Figure 2

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With its simple beauty and clean lines, this easy to-build chest resembles Shaker furniture. It is perfect for storing extra blankets, pillows, and sheets. Made with a laminated pine tap, it's quick to construct, and sturdy enough to use as a seat. The finished size is about 20 inches tall, 19-1/2 inches deep, and 51-1/2 inches wide.

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