Advice on attaching top and bottom of bookcase

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Forum topic by Abn101mp posted 12-04-2016 04:41 PM 475 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2016 04:41 PM

I am building a bookcase/entertainment center out of pine for a customer in 2 pieces. I have finished the bottom. I have the pieces for the top cut and Dadoed.
The dimensions for the bottom are 4ft wide by 2ft tall 11 in deep. Top is 4 ft wide 56in high and 71/4 deep.
The reason for making it in 2 pieces is because the customer is picking it up in their vehicle and it is being moved to a condo unit with tight corners and hallways.
I am looking for a way to make the bottom part of the top piece so the customer can attach it to the bottom easily when they get it in their condo.
Falling short of 2 flat metal pieces on the back, the top needs to be centered due to 1/2 in over hang routed edges covering dadoes on the top piece of the bottom section.
I dont have a dowel jig.
Any suggestions would be a big help. Thank you

-- Dan,Mid-Maine

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#1 posted 12-04-2016 11:45 PM

Would pocket hole screws be practical in this instance? Seems they’d at least work fine for the top.

Regardless which way you go, for the bottom, I like to add reinforcements that will tolerate dragging, because people do, sooner or later, drag them (I’ve been by myself and had to move a full bookcase left or right, or out and back in.

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#2 posted 12-05-2016 12:13 AM

Bolts up through the top of the bottom piece into nutcerts in cleats on the inside of the legs of the top piece. Use 1/4 20 flat head allen bolts, they are tapered to fit in a countersunk hole, should be practically invisible.

-- Colombia Custom Woodworking

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