How to Build a Wooden Bookshelf : Building a Bookcase: Laying Out the Shelves

How to Build a Wooden Bookshelf : Building a Bookcase: Laying Out the Shelves


Hi this is Jon on behalf of Expert Village
in this video clip we would be laying out our shelves. Since we made each opening of
our project the exact same size our shelves are all going to be the same in width. As
I measure that opening I get 21 13/16 however I want to leave my shelf with just a little
bit of room to play cause I don’t want them to fit in so thigh they might warp out one
of the sides. So I’m going to take off a little bit of this measurement. Now the depth is
going to be the same as my inner partitions cause I am going to put that 1/4 inch of plywood
on the back I need it to sit in just a 1/4 inch. So my measurement would be 9 3/4. Now
I’m going to be putting trim across the front of all of my shelves so I’m going to subtract
off that 3/4 which gives me a overall measurement of 21 3/4 x 9 for my plywood. If I take a
look back at my drawing I have 3 shelves on each of the outside and one in the center
for a total of 7 shelves. Now looking at the back of my unit my doors fit inside so my
shelf inside of here is actually going to be a little bit smaller so I’m going to measure
from the inside of that door out to my outside piece and I get 9 inches. So for that one
inside shelf my measurement was 21 3/4 x 9 but I need to subtract 3/4 for trim which
gives me a overall of 21 3/4 x 8 1/4 and I just need on of those.

14 thoughts on “How to Build a Wooden Bookshelf : Building a Bookcase: Laying Out the Shelves

  1. I know great place to learn how to make it yourself much much cheaper. Just google for 'woodprix' website:)

  2. I read somewhere that Woody Hyezmar is going to complete his woodworking plans book and put it up for sale (at last!), google him and you should be able to get it at no cost!

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