For this project, we needed built-in book cases for a long wall. By using pre-drilled melamine laminated boards and pre-built cabinets from the local home store, we were able to build them with a minimum of tools, and get a perfect fit to the room.
Step 1: Materials
The book cases are made from a series of frames - pre-drilled shelf hole melamine on the sides, and 3/4" plywood on the tops and bottoms. All the middle ones have a pre-made cabinet under them, and the leftover space was divided in half, to have a narrower bookshelf on each end to fit the room end-to-end.
The cabinets are pre-built and 36" wide and about 13" deep.
Melamine laminated sides - they are sold as 12" wide, but are actually 11.75" wide. These are pre-drilled with shelf pin holes.
Plywood top & bottom & shelf above cabinet - we used 3/4" hardwood laminated - Luan or Birch is fine.
Plinth blocks (5" high and 2.5" wide) and rosettes (2.5" square)
Fluted molding - 2.25" wide
front edge trim molding
bottom and top trim 1"x3"
shelves - 3/4" plywood with 1"x2" front edges
shelf pins and knobs for the cabinet doors