I gave my original Tower Bookcases made from maple to my son Scott. These bookcases were offered as free woodworking plans from Woodsmith.com. I liked the plan because these bookcases take very little floor space. I can place them on each side of the master headboard. We like to read in bed. These bookcases allow us to store our current readings nearby.
I am now replacing those bookcases that we kept on each side of our master bed. This one is being made with cherry and I have made it about four inches taller.
A few more steps and these bookcases will be completed.
Later today I will fasten the base trim on the cases and I will prepare the lids with its beveled trim to be mounted on top of the towers. Those will be fastened through countersunk screws holes from underneath the top of the bookcases.
Preparing the cases for a glue-up. How do I ensure it gets or stays square? Use the back panel was the only way I could make sure it went together square…
I decided to apply my Danish Oil and wax prior to assembly. I used painter’s green tape to cover the glue areas.
I cut the bevels on the base and the top lid cherry hardwood on my table saw.
Gluing the lids was a bit complicated. The plan called for using grooves and tongues to fit the plywood to the hardwood trim. I was going to do that but then I forgot to leave enough material on the plywood to form the tongue. Simply solution to fix that situation was to use biscuits. Each lid got seven #20 biscuits. It was stress city in my attempt to get the parts glued together so the mitered corner were flush and tightly joined.
Today I will take off the clamps from the lids so I can sand it thoroughly. Then I will apply my Danish Oil and wax, pre-drill the countersunk holes so I can fasten the lid to the case with screws from inside the top of the case. Once the lid is fastened these cases will be complete.
-- --- Happy Howie