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post #1 of 13 Old 09-09-2014, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Need help on a bookshelf

I have a shop worth of tools and I'm not afraid to use them! I'm usually a handtool guy that makes small boxes. I'm moving up to a big box. A bookshelf! Here's the rub. What wood do I make it out of? Birch ply (or a similar hardwood) or regular old hardwood? I've got a jointer, planer, TS, RT, DP, yada yada.

I could make a bookshelf that's functional with rabbits in an hour with a sheet of plywood but how should I make it look right from the outside? I mean I don't want the plywood core to show. Do I glue strips of hardwood on the outside to hide the edge? How do you guys do this?
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A face frame of hardwood and hardwood trim pieces do wonders. Plywood is the material of choice for the sides and back.
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Got any plans for a face frame so I can get some ideas on how I want to tackle this?
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Men, who needs plans. Build that rabbeted case you mentioned, cut a matching hardwood to just a hair over the thickness, and glue strips on anywhere you see the plywood core. Trim to perfect fit with flush trim bit, block plane, sandpaper, whatever
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Here is what I did recently. The outside face is 1- 1/2 inch wide poplar. Making the face piece wider than the 3/4 plywood looks nice and hides the shelving clips.

Good luck on your project,

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You could cover ply edges with wood strips or iron on wood tape, sold in matching material of most face plys. Since its a bookcase I would use a face frame to give it some strength and help keep it in square.
As for plans just do a search with you favorite internet search engine and all kinds of free plans will pop up
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Here is what I did recently. The outside face is 1- 1/2 inch wide poplar. Making the face piece wider than the 3/4 plywood looks nice and hides the shelving clips.

Good luck on your project,

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This looks great! Nice work.
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I have made several just as described above. If you want a tall bookcase you can use one sheet of 3/4 hardwood plywood and rip it about 11 1/2". Use two pieces for the sides and the rest for the top, bottom and shelves. Use 1/4" plywood for the back similar to making a cabinet. Then make a face frame from hardwood to cover the front exposed plywood edges. Makes for a nice looking, strong assembly.
I used pocket screws throughout for mine.
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great work, Im building, or in the planning stages of a project similar. My window isnt centered on the wall either so I have been going back and forth on centering the bench equal distances out from the window, or make each side cabinet the same size and the bench be off centered. I think that answered my question. Plus one side will be a book shelf/cabinet combo and the other will be a closet.
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Bookshelf design

Hello,

One thing that needs to be considered when building bookshelves is the shelf span and the weight that it will support without sagging. The link below is an online calculator for designing shelves without sagging.

http://www.woodbin.com/calcs/sagulator.htm

Good luck on your project,

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If the bookcase is tall and has adjustable shelves, I try to make one fixed shelf around mid height to help prevent the sides from trying to spread under heavy loads. Thanks to jacko9 for the link to the sag calculator. It's really neat.


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Last year I made a rabbited DVD case out of birch plywood and oak. It works very well seeing most DVD and game cases are similar sizes. after the plywood was rabbited and all put together I made little round over oak trim pieces to hide all plywood edges. It looks amazing, sorry no pictures. But I feel if it will be a book case you want adjustable shelves on you should to the peg system that allows you to adjust the shelves. With, depending on height, at least 1 fixed shelf near the center to prevent the sides from bowing outward.
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If you are going to load it with books and are concerned about weight I would use a dado joint for the shelves. This makes a stronger bookshelf.
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