Look around using Google and you'll find a lot of
free plans for similar bookcases. The fish tank might
be tough to support, I'd would want to get the weight
first, but the books should be no problem.
I'd try the magazines: "Wood", "American Woodworker",
"Popular Woodworker", etc. first. Then try Black and Decker
they have a LOT of free plans on their website. As do
Shopsmith and other tool makers. Also Miniwax also had
a couple of bookcases if I remember.
On 18 Aug 2003 12:17:57 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Ben Seiden)
If you want the bookcase ot be a full 14 inches deep, the best
wood to use is plywood. Three-quarter inch for the sides and shelves,
1/4 inch for the back.
The best way to do this with minimal tools is to use cleats on
the uprights for the shelves to sit on. This saves you having to make
a dato but still gives you a strong shelf. You can make the cleats
out of 1x2s or--if you want somehting fancier--pieces of molding.
Another way to do it is to make the shelves adjustable by
installing metal tracks which take small slelf-holders.
Good advice. Be sure you use BIRCH plywood and not just "plywood".
Birch is much stronger, smoother, stable.etc. I use the metal
standards because I inevitably need to adjust shelves after a year or
two. Seems like bottom shelf needs to be 14" to accomodate map books,
and the like.
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