There is something special about the look of a full bookcase; the unread volumes promise adventure ahead, while those already read are often lifelong companions and comfort.
Little wonder that bookcases are among the most popular woodworking projects. The five articles collected here will show you how to build an array of bookcases, from small stylish homes for your books to large showpieces.
A bookcase is basically a box but like most things in woodworking, the details make all the difference. Robert W. Lang shows you how wood choice and mouldings can take a basic box contemporary in maple, Shaker in cherry, Arts & Crafts in oak and formal in mahogany.
From our “I Can Do That” series, Megan Fitzpatrick and Glen D. Huey offer a set of Shaker shelves that can be built in a few hours and even an expert can use the tips on drawing arcs without a compass.
Robert also takes a deeper dive into the Arts & Crafts style with a Stickley book rack that will show off your joinery skills.
Barrister bookcases, with their glass doors, are an elegant addition to any room and Glen shows you how you can simplify their construction. And Robert rounds things out with a return to the well of Stickley, teaching you how to build a bookcase with stunning details and a secret drawer.
And you’ll find many more articles, books and videos on making bookcases at ShopWoodworking.com.