197 Arts & Crafts Style Bookcase

This tapered bookcase is created in an arts and craft style. The general design is taken from the original by Gustav Stickley.

Stickley born in 1858 was an American furniture manufacturer, design leader, publisher and the chief proselytizer for the American Craftsman style, an extension of the British Arts and Crafts movement.

If you would like to be authentic you could use quarter sawn white oak and fume the wood with ammonia. Or just use whatever you would like 🙂

The project itself only consists of 3 different pieces for a total of 7.

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172 Classic Bookcase

This classic bookcase is a great project for any home. The plan is designed using solid wood however you could easily use a veneer plywood that you have edge banded.  

Additionally you will learn some very useful woodworking techniques if you are new to woodworking. Depending on what you are going to put in your new piece of furniture you can add additional shelves. Because of the inset mounting system used in the project the shelves are totally adjustable from top to bottom.

There are several components in this build that are optional. The upper mid molding is purely decorative but it certainly does add a very nice touch. As shown in the picture the upper stretcher is made with a highly figured piece of wood again this is totally optional and comes down to the style you are looking for. In addition the curved feet at a nice touch but not really required.

We all know that wood moves and we must always keep that in mind when building any project. The top is attached with elongated pocket holes to allow for seasonal movement. The back is made using solid wood slats that overlap each other for the same reason. If you want to avoid the movement problem on the back you could use plywood. It just depends how authentic you want to be.

No matter which way you decide to construct the bookcase it will be a fun project that will look great and you may just hone your skills along the way. Enjoy!

Happy Woodworking! 

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Modified Bookcase

Ron M purchased plan #035 recently and has just sent me pictures of his finished modified bookcase.

Ron took the basic bookcase cabinet and adapted it to suit his (and his wife’s) needs. Plans really are just a starting point for your own creativity. Ron and his wife didn’t need a bookcase but they did need a shoe-case so with a few simple modifications they now have a storage case in their walk-in closet.

Basic Bookcase

In Ron’s words ….

“I built this bookcase for my wife to use as a shoe case in our walk-in closet.  We had some nice vertical space and I wanted a plan that would fit and look like a built in.  This plan did the trick.  The plan is nicely done and fit together like a glove. I made two structural change, instead of tenons and mortise on the case frame I used pocket screws and I added a french cleat to stabilize the top against the wall.  Build this for a refresher project or a first project its a fun build.”

Ron

The cabinet looks excellent. I’m sure you and your wife will enjoy the extra space for years to come. Thank you for posting your project.

Bruce

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052 Solid Wood Bookcase

Solid Wood Bookcase

Solid Wood Bookcase

This solid wood bookcase is designed with durability in mind. No matter what material you use to construct the bookcase it will last a very long time.

All shelves are mounted with linear (sliding) dovetails providing secure, durable construction. The shelves are slid in from the rear on stopped dovetails. When gluing your dovetailed shelves in slide them in approximately 3/4 of the runner length and just put glue on the last little bit. This will make for easier installation as well as allowing for seasonal movement.

The baseboard is secured from the inside with wood screws.  There are inner rails that you can screw through.

The solid wood back slats are v-style tongue and groove construction for appearance and to allow for any wood movement.

The bookcase will suit just about any environment. Enjoy!

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044 Sectional Wall Unit

Sectional Wall Unit

This massive sectional wall unit looks intimidating at first glance. However as you proceed you will find it’s just six smaller pieces combined to make an excellent elegant project.

The individual components lock together with tenon and dado joinery giving the end user the appearance of one unit.

This project may be constructed using any material however the plans indicate cherry and cherry plywood. The extra depth of the center unit adds a very pleasing element and steps up your project to the next level. With storage below and open shelves above it will be a very handy piece of furniture.

All of the shelves are adjustable allowing you to place items of just about any size. Although not shown, the shelves could be glass with puck lights added in the top for a dramatic effect.

Be sure to review the material list carefully, so you can minimize the number of machine setups. There are numerous places that dadoes and mortises are the same in different sections of the wall unit. 

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035 Basic Bookcase:

Basic BookCase

This is a very basic yet elegant bookcase with a closed cupboard in the lower half or is it?. The bookcase stands just over six foot with the crown molding, 32 inches wide and 13 1/4″ deep. Constructed using veneer core plywood and finished with a solid wood trim.

The whole unit can be built for a minimal cost yet appear as a very expensive piece of furniture. You could easily change the back panel from plywood to a ship-lap back if you wanted to add to the overall appearance. Another idea would be to change the shelves from wood to glass and add lighting in the upper unit which would turn a normal bookcase into a beautiful display case.  

The upper case has two adjustable shelves and the lower section has one. Top this off with a beautiful crown molding and you have a fine quality piece of furniture.

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024 Magazine Rack

Holds Magazines or Books

This wall hung rack or child’s bookcase is a very stylish way to display your favorite magazines or a small child books and their favorite toys.

The case is easily modified to accommodate whatever you would like to display. For the projects I have build they are all being used to store the child’s favorite books and toys.

This case will look great whether build from hardwood or softwood. It really is a personal choice.

I have made three of these racks for the same customer, every new grandchild gets the same gift. All things must be equal 🙂 which is good for me! The one issue I have run into is getting dowel that is actually straight. Just sort carefully when you are at the hardware store.

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