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Classic Built-in Bookcase - The Family Handyman

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Project by TnBob posted 480 days ago 1731 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project of any significant size. I’ve mostly been making sawdust and scrap wood over the years. We converted our dining room into a home office last summer so it seemed like a logical place to build a bookcase. I used the plans for Family Handyman Dec/Jan 2002 for guidance and modified it some for my skill level. It measures 8’ tall x 11’ 3” wide x 14” deep. Shelf width is 12”. I used pine to keep the cost affordable but opted to use stair treadles for the shelves instead of facing the plywood as the plans called for. I left a small notch open above each of the shelf support panels with the intent of adding a decorative piece made from some contrasting color. I have some native persimmon to use for that. It’s not perfect but I enjoyed doing it and the result has motivated me to try something more. Your comments are welcomed.





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#1 posted 480 days ago

Nice job.

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#2 posted 480 days ago

Nice built in! That is attractive, and looks like it really offers some storage.

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#3 posted 480 days ago

great looking bookcase. I used the same plans from the Family Handyman to build the bookcase in my den a number of years ago.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 480 days ago

Great job.

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#5 posted 480 days ago

Very nice! I remember seeing something like this in a recent handyman mag. Perhaps they recycle their ideas every 10 years? At any rate…looks great! I am sure you are happy with the results.

-- "If at first you don't succeed....get a bigger hammer"

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#6 posted 480 days ago

Thanks Guys. Yes, I’m very happy with the results.

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#7 posted 480 days ago

Nicely done—looks good.

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#8 posted 479 days ago

Great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 479 days ago

Great looking wall unit, nice detail work. I like the use of the stair treads for shelves, works out very nice.

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