By ddeh. Bookcases. Published at Wednesday, September 05th, 2018 - 16:29:52 PM.
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.
Setting up to Cut Boards - It`s a little frightening to think about how precarious and unorganized a workspace can be when we start cutting boards. No one wants to spend time moving around tables. setting up sawhorses. adjusting work clamps... just to cut off the end of a board. Unfortunately. any less preparation than what I just mentioned will put you in a dangerous situation. Power tools can be evil... and I mean really evil. And it`s not about how much experience you have. Go online and search woodworking accidents. The most horrific stuff happens to people who have been building for 20-30 years without a scratch. Then out of nowhere things suddenly go wrong... boards go flying across the room. arms and fingers get cut. and worse.
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.
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.
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