By ddeh. Bookcases. Published at Friday, September 14th, 2018 - 07:00:34 AM.
So now I`m looking at some bookcase plans. which means I`d have to take on the job of building something from scratch. I`m starting to like the idea. though. First. it`s the only other option I can find to buying expensive crappy bookcases. and second. I like the idea of deciding for myself what level of quality (and expense) I want to put into the project. I don`t want a bookcase made from the cheapest materials around. but I don`t need the most expensive either. Building my own bookcase will let me create something between these two extremes.
Plywood vs Solid Wood Shelves - Choosing the right wood for a bookcase plan can be a big topic to get your arms around. especially if you start reading the zillions of articles online about wood species and wood grades. plywood construction. shelving span calculators. etc.. etc. This is all good stuff. but for now. let me narrow down the choices for a first-time bookcase project.
Power Drill - Everybody has a power drill of some sort sitting around in the basement or garage. You already know how much use (and abuse) this tool gets for literally hundreds of jobs around the house. Although it`s possible to build a simple bookcase without ever picking up a power drill. the no-screws approach to building a bookcase requires that you own an insanely large number of clamps to hold everything together while the glue dries. Really. we`re talking about 20 clamps or more at about $20 each. Ouch. At a fraction of the cost. you can unleash the same clamping power on wood joints by using wood screws (or even nails) to hold pieces together while the glue sets up. Of course. you`ll have holes all over everywhere. but most people just fill them in with putty and they look fine.
Shopping for a Tall Open Bookcase. Bookcases come in many different sizes. materials. styles. and prices. Choosing the right bookcase for your needs or design scheme takes some careful consideration on your part. The first thing you will need to consider is the size. A tall bookcase could be any bookcase that is taller than a low or small bookcase so you will still need to carefully choose the right dimensions before you make your purchase. Measure the space you have available because the height of your ceilings may not accommodate some of the taller bookcase heights that are available today.
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