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Building a shaker style bookcase

Building a shaker style bookcase

If you want to build this shaker-style bookshelf, you can get the plans here.

The bookshelf is made from solid cherry and has adjustable shelves.

In the video, I show several of my woodworking techniques.

How I plot out and mark the arch I used for the top by using a couple of scrap blocks and a thin strip leftover from ripping the sides to width.

I used a clamping caul method to clamp the panels flat without ridges between the boards.  This is a good technique if you don’t have a domino or a biscuit jointer.

I showed a technique on how to line up the bottom shelf and glue it to the toe kick for a seamless look and feel.

Then how to clean up the top with a flush-trim bit in case it was a little proud, and my favorite my shop-made jig for plunging out all the adjustable shelf pin holes using a router.

Tools I used

Building a shaker bookcase

How to build a shaker bookshelf

I’m the owner of Benham Design Concepts, a mixed media art studio where I design and build custom furniture and other works of art using wood, glass, stone, and various metals.
In this blog, I talk about the art I create, my journey, and the things I learn along the way.

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