Built In bookcase #1: Case work....

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Blog entry by Estley posted 07-25-2010 05:36 AM 3235 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Built In bookcase series Part 2: face frame complete-ish »

So I started my first big project, the top three units are for books, the bottom is for drawers.

Right now I just got the casework done, next I’m going to start on the frame. At some point I’ll make the drawers for the bottom unit. For the top three units first I cut down the ply and then pre-stained (wipe on poly) before assembling. The biggest hurdle so far is that my table saw is not useable yet, so I had to cut EVERYTHING with a circ saw. Hopefully the rest of the stuff I need to get the table saw going will be in this week so I can start the framework. I’ll post more pics as I move forward.

getting ready to put the thing together….

The base....
The Base
Case for the drawers.... BIG drawers
Case for the drawers…. BIG drawers

The bookcases start

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#1 posted 07-25-2010 06:56 AM

Great job very well done . look forward to the rest of the story

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 07-25-2010 09:08 AM

Looking good, now go get the table saw working.

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#3 posted 07-25-2010 12:47 PM

I want to secure the bookcases to the cinder block wall, I’m thinking of securing two 1X4 (one on the top one on the bottom) or something to the wall and then screwing the bookcases to that… anyone have a better idea?

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#4 posted 07-25-2010 01:05 PM

The pictures make it look so easy!!!!

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#5 posted 07-25-2010 02:25 PM

Those blue screws work well in masonry, but you need a hammer drill. But you would need a hammer drill to put the two 1/4 ledgers in anyway. I would think if you screwed the top cases to the bottom case through the bottom and screwed the bottom into the base you would be fine with some additional screws in the top into the wall. If you don’t want them showing, you could attach some cleats to the top of the upper cases toward the back and screw into the wall through those with masonry screws. But I think your 1/4 idea would work, you just lose 3/4 inches of depth.

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#6 posted 07-25-2010 02:58 PM

One of the reasons I like th e1/4 idea, even if I loose 3/4”, is that this being a cinder block wall it has a LOT of imperfections, so the bookcases wouldn’t be flat against it. The 1/4 takes care of that… I think….

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#7 posted 07-25-2010 07:25 PM

I agree. You could also secure the two side bookcases to the side walls instead of into the wall and tie the middle bookcases to the side cases. Then you don’t need to screw into the wall at all. But it looks like you would need to fill out the space between the cases and the wall a little. You could leave about 1/2 inch and then shim to fit, like a hanging a door.

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