Bookcase for my Mother

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Project by Sailor posted 1502 days ago 1945 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first bookcase I built. My mother wanted something with a good bit of storage and of course built by her son. So this is what I came up with. I drew it up on sketchup which helped alot in the building process. It pretty much allows you to cut all of the major pieces to the exact dimensions (sides, top, bottom, back, shelves and such), everything except the drawers.

The case itself was built from 3/4” birch plywood with a 3/4” popular face to hide the edges of the plywood. The smaller cubbies were made from some 3/4” popular. Drawers are constructed from 1/2” plywood with 3/4” birch ply faces in a full overlay style. The grains all match with the drawers to make a nice effect. Full extention slides allow my mother to put whatever she wants in the drawers and get access to them easily.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#1 posted 1502 days ago

Nice work. Looks good.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#2 posted 1502 days ago

Looks and sounds like a quality job you mother must love it.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1502 days ago

There is nothing we wouldn’t build for Mom! Nice job!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 1495 days ago

Nice bookcase.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 1420 days ago

That looks great! Im sure shes proud!

-- Steph, Phoenix

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#6 posted 909 days ago


Great looking bookcase. Just about what I am looking to build for my first Real Wood Project. Can you direct me as to where I can get the plans for a large (8’ wide) bookcase or one like yours?

BTW, I assume by your LJ name that you are a “Sailor”, what kind of boat do you sail? I have a Nonsuch 30 which is a Cat Rig, have you ever seen one?



-- Ken, Michigan

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#7 posted 907 days ago

I can’t direct you to plans because I drew up my own plans. Partly on paper, partly in my head.

I am a “Sailor” lol

I have a Montgomery 17 currently. I just sold a Southcoast 22 today and a Watkins 29 a few months ago. I am now VERY satisfied with my little Montgomery. I Googled a Nonsuch 30, that is a gorgeous boat! I have never seen a cat rig on a boat that size, it looks like a giant Compac with a cat rig, very very nice!

If your interested, I have a blog with my M17 on there and some other stuff here I also have a small sailing site here, Sailography.

Fair WInds!

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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