By ddeh. Bookcases. Published at Friday, September 14th, 2018 - 07:03:35 AM.
Cutting Dadoes for Bookcase Shelves - By far the trickiest step in following bookcase plans is cutting the dadoes (that hold the book shelf ends). No need to be intimidated with this part of the project. though. If you`re really careful about setting up for the cut (that means using the right clamps and cutting guides for your router) this can be the most fun you`ll have with bookcase plans. I like to cut my dadoes assembly-line style. That is. I clamp down both sides of the bookcase side by side... so that each pass with my circular saw (and router) cuts both boards at the same time. This not only saves you tons of time and headache. it also makes sure that your shelves are perfectly aligned when you glue everything together.
Hold off on plywood shelves... this time around - Sure. plywood is nice for bookcase shelves because it doesn`t have the warping problems that plague solid wood. But plywood comes in 4x8 sheets. which means you`ll be doing a LOT of cutting to make all the pieces for a simple bookcase. For experienced woodworkers. this isn`t really a problem. They`ll first cut down the sheet into more manageable pieces (usually with a circular saw) and then head over to an $800 table saw to get things perfectly square and perfectly sized for the bookcase plan they`re following. Not that you can`t do all this with another tool (like a circular saw or jigsaw). but at some point it just becomes too much work to make a zillion cuts in plywood without the bigger. beefy tools.
The color of a bookcase is the next feature to consider. Many people like to choose bookcases that coordinate with the rest of the furnishings in a room. For instance. if a person has a collection of furniture in light-colored oak. he or she may opt for a bookcase made with the same material. There are bookcases that feature colors such as brown. black. espresso. cream. and even weathered white. There are so many colors available a shopper is sure to find just what he or she is looking for.
Modular Bookcases - Modular bookcases are good for any type of room. They come in sets that can be stacked to create a tall bookcase that will utilize wall space. or they can be stretched out along or across a room to utilize floor space. They can even be separated so each unit is a single bookcase. This feature allows them to be used as a bookcase as well as serve as beautification for the room. So these bookcases can be said to be multifunctional. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes from traditional squares to contemporary triangles.
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