Help with V-shelf bookcase joinery

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Forum topic by Endgrain posted 03-20-2010 08:26 AM 2451 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2010 08:26 AM

Greetings to all,
I want to build the V-Shelf bookcase in the Taunton’s Bookcases
I will be using 3/4” cherry instead of the 1/2” stock in the plans (have it that size already and don’t want to do any more planing on this much cherry). The plans call for biscuit joinery but due to the thicker stock I might try other more sturdier joinery. I was thinking about a blind dado for the bottom shelf but have also considered a mortise and tenon of a yet to be determined dimension but was thinking 1/4”. I want to put this on some casters and place some detailing underneath to make them less apparent and a strong fit here with the bottom and is definitely essential if this is to occur. Through mortise is an idea but I don’t know how this will workout on the sides of the shelf with the V notched and endgrain showing and ditto for a wedge mortise (my length of stock might not allow for this).
Any suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I consider myself a novice but want to raise my skill levels. I am also a bit designed challenged which makes deciding and modifying plans a bit more difficult.
Thanks to all ahead of time.

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#1 posted 03-20-2010 05:28 PM

I would not put casters on anything that narrow. It will be a tip hazard. Casters will reduce the effective front to back footprint by nearley 25%. If you want it to be easy to move put 2 1/2” bases under the ends and glue glides to the ends. Glides are those plastic pads that they sell for moving furniture. It will make the bookcase easy to move and it will not mark up floors or damage carpets.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#2 posted 03-21-2010 07:03 AM

you can use a different joinery method if you prefer, but biscuits would be just fine here with 3/4” stock.

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 09:38 AM

The shelves in the plan are only half inch. I have just finished it and used mortise and tenons. I don’t like biscuits and that would make for an odd size biscuit. I could just see the biscuits puffing up the surface. Determined to see what half inch was like, I persevered and am really happy with the dimensions. I will be making these with my students this year and won’t change the over all dimensions.

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