HOW TO MAKE A 13ft. TALL BOOKSHELF
VIDEO BUILD ON HOW I MADE A 13’X9′ TALL BOOKSHELF WITH A ROLLING LADDER
In this video I go BIG. Literally, I build a gigantic bookcase for a local office space in Pittsburgh, PA. This Video features all the techniques I used and shows the scale of this monster.
Check out the video and walk through below!
If you would like to attempt this project on your own, here are a few tools I recommend!
- Table Saw
- Tape Measure
- Impact Driver
- Mitre Saw
- Graco Finish Pro HVLP
- Endurovar Finish
- 23g Pin Nailer
- Japanese Cut Off Saw
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Begin by breaking down your plywood into the dimensions of your vertical boards. I cut mine into 11.25″ strips from the large sheet, then down to final 11″.
Glue Up Parts
Rough cut down all your shelving to size. Stack them neatly so you can stare at how much work you put into the neatness of the pile, then destroy it by gluing everything up. I use 1.25″ 23g pin nails and tons of glue.
Mark out all the locations for the shelves on your vertical partitions. Be sure to reference the correct faces so everything lines up. Use a jig, and drill perpendicular holes half way through the partitions. Cut the coordinating holes in all of the shelves.
Cut all of the dowels you will need, and begin assembling the largest part of the carcass. For my build, it was the center.
Make huge mistakes like me, and cut the whole thing in half. NO DONT DO THAT. I had to make an adjustment mid build for the elevator and stairwell issues at the delivery site. Be sure to prep to make sure it fits in the room it is going into.
Rough cut your face frame material (rough sawn soft maple) and cut it into 1.5″ strips. Start by jointing one face and a perpendicular side. Then cut your strips from the flat part as reference. This will leave the “rustic” top
Final Assembly and Finish
Glue the face frame onto the carcasses. Sand appropriately and finish with paint and a coat of water based poly. Then Install.
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