A ways back I made a large set of bookcases for our family room. Those now store just about all of the books in the house: 500 or so. But we still have a large collection of cookbooks that we’d like to keep closer to the kitchen. It’s a small house, so nothing is ever that far from anything else, but these units will live in the living room. They will probably hold a few display items as well. I’m building two of them.
On my previous project I “discovered” pattern routing. It worked very nicely, so I designed a couple of curves into this project:
I’m a novice, and this project should stretch my skills a bit. One of the challenges will be to get everything square without the plywood sides and back that have made my previous projects easier. That said, I designed them to be possible to complete with my limited tool complement. I set up a long zero-clearance “extension table” on my miter saw to make it easy to cut the many, many identical pieces that will be necessary. I did the long pieces that will make up the legs first:
The 1×3 uprights for the front and back:
And the 1×2 pieces that will become the “ladder” sides:
Then I started cutting the ladder “rungs”. I did it in two steps; first cutting them to a slightly excess length, then trimming them to finished size. I need 32 of these, but I made a few extra:
The pile of cutoffs:
I then cut the 1×3 pieces for the tops and bottoms of the “ladders”. (These will eventually be cut so their bottom edges are curved)
The plan, at least at present, is to fasten the “rungs” to the stiles with dowels. But that will require 256 holes. Next? Making and testing the dowel jig.