My shoptime allowance is spotty at best, however a couple of solid days in the last few weeks has allowed me the time to finish milling up all of the wood for my bookcase.
Up until recently I hadn’t really had a design in mind for the first prototype of the bookcase to rise from the wood of the old church pew. It is now starting to take shape. It will have 4 shelves, 2 fixed and 2 adjustable. The shelves and the risers are milled to 11/16”. The planned finished dimensions of the bookcase will be 48” tall by 30” wide. The shelves will have 1” reinforcing strips across the front and their finished depth will be 10 3/4”.
My goal is to make the entire bookcase out of the wood available in the reclamation of the pews. I don’t have any reasonable way to make a full sheet back normally found on freestanding bookcases to add strength and prevent racking. However, I did resaw some of the wood into 1/4” thick slabs and will be using them to act as stretchers(?) across the back for the fixed shelves.
I am using blind tapered sliding dovetail joinery on the fixed shelves.