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This instructable describes a bookshelf I made one Saturday after taking the Woodshop Basics SBU class at TechShop. It is made entirely of wood. No screws or metal was used in its construction. All of the tools I used are available at TechShop.

I made it at TechShop.

For more information about TechShop go to http://www.techshop.ws
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Step 1: Bookshelf Materials

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For my bookshelf, I purchased from Lowes...

Two 1" x 8" x 8ft - Pine Boards
One 1" x 3" x 8ft - Pine Board
One 100 Count Container of #20 Plate Joining Biscuits

Step 2: Cut the Sides and Shelves

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I needed the bookshelf to fit in a spot located beneath and behind my desk which is 48" width, 26" tall and 10" deep. I used a compound mitre saw to cut the pieces.

The side pieces are 24' long.
The shelves are 46" long.

Depending on your space, you can customize your bookshelf by making it taller with more shelves or narrower.

Step 3: Biscuit Joinery

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The top and bottom shelves are attached to the sides using biscuit joinery. Biscuits are small pieces of wood that side into cutouts in the shelves and sides.

Biscuits come in various sizes, and for this project, I used #20 biscuits.

The cutouts are created using an electrical tool called a biscuit joiner.

Step 4: Cutting the Biscuit Slots In the Shelves

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Start by marking the center lines of the biscuits on the shelf. For my bookself, I measure 2" from each outside edge. Next, make sure the board is clamped securely to the table. Finally, aligned the mark with the center-line on the biscuit joiner and carefully push the cutter into the end.

Step 5: Cutting the Biscuit Slots In the Sides

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Since the shelves meet the sides at right angles, use a piece of scrap wood and place it where you want the bottom of the shelf. Place the joiner so it cuts into the face of the side.

I wanted to prevent things from rolling under the bookshelf, add support, and improve the appearance, so I left space for a 1" x 3" piece of wood under the last shelf.
ceanes2 years ago
Nice job
Lorddrake2 years ago
I love your solution to those crappy little shelf support studs.... Brilliant.

5 stars.
kabira2 years ago
Awesome! Do you plan to stain and varnish it?
wwashington (author)  kabira2 years ago
Thanks, I'd like to but it's currently under my desk about 1/2 full of books. 
This came out really well, and an excellent post!
wwashington (author)  audreyobscura2 years ago
Hi Audrey,

Thank you very much for your generous review.

Hiyadudez2 years ago
Looks good!

May build this as a paint rack for my workshop as I dont have dedicated shelves for my paint :-P Although it is obviously more suited as a bookshelf.