Built-In Bookcases

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Project by meudy posted 07-12-2011 10:16 PM 1591 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It took me about 6 months to finish, but I finally finished my wife’s Christmas present from last year. She got these and I got every tool I could think of to complete the job. Worked out pretty good for both of us. This was my first attempt at making raised panel doors. Not as hard as I thought it would be. I learned a lot and increased my tool inventory greatly! As you can see, she was pretty excited. I couldn’t even finish the install before she was putting books on the shelves.

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#1 posted 07-12-2011 10:50 PM

First class job!

But if you keep taking this long to finish her Christmas presents, you’re going to build up quite a backlog. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-12-2011 11:02 PM

Nice Job.

Can you comment on how you scribed in both sides of your bookcase?

-- Jerry

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 11:11 PM

Very nice job.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 11:12 PM

Charlie…no doubt! She made a comment about getting a store bought gift this year, but I don’t think she meant it.

SRWoodworker…that was the hardest thing for me to figure out because I had to work around the wainscotting that was already in place. It finally came to me about a week before I was ready to install. I built some beams that matched the beams in between the 2 drawer sections and the outside cabinets with doors. I basically installed all of the cabinets and then measured the gaps on the sides. I took out the outside cabinets again and cut down the outer beams to match the gaps. I installed the beams and then slid the cabinets back in place to finish the install. It was a very tight fit, but it I didn’t even need to caulk or anything to fill the void.

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#5 posted 07-12-2011 11:58 PM

Nice looking built-in bookcases.

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#6 posted 07-13-2011 12:36 AM

First class job. Can you tell us the conversation you had with your wife to get those tools? lol

-- Gerald, Illinois

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#7 posted 07-13-2011 12:46 AM

I love it. That looks almost identical to one I’m planning for our office. I may be calling you!

-- Joe

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#8 posted 07-13-2011 01:53 AM


That was definitely worth the 6-month wait—not so sure though if it warranted all those tools! LOL

Thanks for sharing.


P.S. We hope you are already started on this year’s Christmas gift!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 07-13-2011 05:22 AM

Looks like a professional project—nicely done.


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#10 posted 07-13-2011 03:24 PM

Very impressive job! I’m sure your wife will enjoy it for a long time!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#11 posted 07-13-2011 05:51 PM

You did a wonderful job on those bookcases. They look great.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 07-13-2011 06:36 PM

I was glad to hear that the making the raised panel doors were not a hard as you thought, since I have to make my first set soon. :-D

And your look great!

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#13 posted 07-13-2011 09:35 PM

Very cleaver. You made the right choices. When I saw the empty space you started with I know that if I were confronted with the situation, I would have started pulling out all of the wainscoting which would have been the wrong thing to do.

-- Jerry

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