Published at Friday, September 14th, 2018 - 06:49:20 AM. Bookcases. By ddeh.
Solid Pine Shelves - For first-time projects. I like to use off-the-shelf dimensional lumber from the big box stores like Home Depot. Pine is relatively cheap (compared to hardwood) and is precut to standard-size widths and lengths. That means a LOT less cutting for me to get the basic pieces of my bookcase ready for assembly. Woodworkers might point out that dimensional lumber is inconsistent in width and thickness. which makes less-than-perfect woodworking joints without first planning and/or squaring the boards on a table saw. They`re right. Dimensional lumber is not perfectly square and consistent from one board to the next. But that doesn`t mean you can`t build a decent-looking bookcase otherwise. Sure. you might have some small gaps in the joinery. and maybe the case isn`t absolutely square and plumb. But more often than not. you`ll be the only one who knows any different. Save the more exacting work for nicer bookcase you`ll build next year.
I`ve done a fair amount of researching on the Web. and I`ve come up with some pretty simple guidelines for approaching this kind of wood project. Overall. the good news is that you don`t have to be a hard-core woodworker to pull this thing off. In fact. a bookcase is a perfect starter project for someone just getting into building stuff from wood. Maybe it`s a little more challenging than making a sawhorse (which is also a good plan to start with). but I think it`s important for beginners to make something they can be excited about when it`s all said and done. So let`s get started with some of the basics of building a bookcase.
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