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Woodworking is a part time thing for me. I have found that if I can do at least a little each day before and after work, then a lot can be accomplished. I officially started this project Monday morning and here it is Tuesday evening and I have both the left and right sides of the lower bookcase completed (creating the panels to the outside of the lower bookcase will happen later).
The process is basic woodworking as you can see from the photos…
For the bottom bookcase, there will be a bottom shelf and sub-top. Both will be joined to the sides using dados. I don’t use a dado blade for this. Using my fence, I locate and make an initial cut on both sides and then nibble away at the material until I get a snug fit.
There will be one movable shelf in the lower bookcase. I add a collar to my router; clamp this jig to the bookcase side and plunge a router bit into the plywood.
Next up: cutting the shelves to size and assembling the box that will become the lower bookcase. This bookcase is about five feet wide, the widest project I have ever had to glue up. So, I will need to purchase longer pipe clamps.