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Forum topic by carolina65 posted 12-14-2015 01:10 PM 622 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2015 01:10 PM

I am not finding many options for plans that do not use plywood. I would like a set of plans for a good sized book case that uses solid lumber throughout. Style and period of architecture is important but rather than list out the details, I don’t mind sifting through all of your suggestions for what I want; just sharing what you have would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-14-2015 01:17 PM

I made one years ago for my daughter out of solid birch except for the shelves which I used ply with solid wood on the edges. I made up stile and rail ends with a floating centre panel like a cabinet door,granted its only three levels of storage but you could go as big as you would like I guess

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#3 posted 12-14-2015 01:44 PM

If the project plans (that you like) call for ply substitute real wood. I don’t like working with ply unless so large that movement becomes an issue. If thats the case just make some allowances for movement where cross grain is the issue and all will be good. I would suspect the ply is coming into play for the backs. A good substitute is shiplap or bead board solutions. I used a modified shiplap of a hutch back that I did tongue and groove with a beadboard accent. it floated in a frame and allowed for seasonal movement, and 9+ years in she’s still doing fine.

Other solutions could be bread board and joining techniques or sliding dovetails. What style book cases do you want, full height, barrister, etc? That might help as well.

When you get down to it, book cases are merely boxes with shelves.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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