Double wide cherry bookcase

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Forum topic by Benjamin81 posted 08-02-2016 12:52 PM 254 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2016 12:52 PM

Hello everyone! I’m new to the community but I’ve been a long time lurker. I’m about to start a project and I have a question regarding the joinery. I’m planning on following the plans for the classic cherry bookcase from fine woodworking but I’ve been asked to make it 48 inches wide and 72 inches tall. The height is not a problem but I know I have to divide the width up so I don’t have any sag in the piece. My plan is to add a partition and attach it to the top and bottom panels using a sliding dovetail joint. But I’m worried that won’t reduce the sag without having a foot underneath. Is there a joint that is better suited for this application?

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#1 posted 08-02-2016 03:59 PM

I am not really clear on what you are asking. The joinery used will not add bracing where bracing is missing so you may need to beef up what is supporting that added partition but sliding dovetails to mount the shelves should work fine. Will you have shelving that you can adjust the height on or is it all fixed shelving?

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#2 posted 08-02-2016 04:58 PM

After reviewing it more, I think I’ll just build two smaller bookcases and join them together. I know that I would need to have the partition go from floor to top to support the middle but I couldn’t think of a good way to do that. Posting the question on here helped me to think more about what I wanted to do and the best way to make it work.

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