Step 6: Build Your Bookcase...

So you build your book shelves/case... 

At this point you go by your plans and choose if you want fixed shelves or adjustable.  I am wanting some versatility so I am doing adjustable.  In order to do this simply you could barrow some ¼ inch peg board from a friend, and use the peg board as a jig.  I actually chose to use actual hardware I picked up from Lowe's.

As you can see I did mine out of butcher block because of cost.  I am only building a box with a top, bottom and sides out of the butcher block and then putting a back on using some luan or paneling (again to save on cost). There was one shelf that I nailed and screwed in about 12 inches from the bottom (for structural strength and usability).

Painting, sealing or staining... that's all up to you.  I would suggest sealing it somehow.  I decided to paint mine white to match the other trim and things in my office.

That's really cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow, that looks really nice!<br />
Very nice looking job.<br /> Was there anything in that thing - e.g. pipes?<br /> <br /> L<br />
No, not really.&nbsp; I had one electrical outlet/line near the bottom of the short wall but the lines were nowhere near where I was working and already staples up and out of my way.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Other than the stud I cut out there was nothing else.&nbsp; It's too bad I couldn't have hinged it for a secret stash spot (trust me I tried). &nbsp; <br />
I have to think &quot;why?&quot; Perhaps it was intended to run pipes down there, maybe the plans changed but the drywall guys didn't get an update so they boxed in that space anyway?<br /> <br /> L<br />
Your guess is as good as mine...&nbsp; I basically thought it was stupid and the earlier shelves I created were cool, but just didn't cut it and stuck out from the wall (being wall mounted).&nbsp; I thought, &quot;why not put them in the wall?!&quot;, then researched what it took to do so.&nbsp; <br />
I know - they forgot to put the body in there!<br /> <br /> L<br />

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