Building a bookcase

Building  a bookcase from pine as a present, here is the finished result:

After looking online for a while I found these plans which looked easy to build and would disassemble for moving.

So after settling on the plans I gathered up the following:

  • 1×9″ PSE Pine x4@ 1.8m
  • 1×4″ PSE Pine x6 @ 900mm
  • M8 300mm Threaded rod
  • M8 Lock Nuts
  • M8 Penny Washers
  • Polyurethane Varnish (oil based)

To build I cut the 1×9” and 1×4” to length and planed the edges to remove the sharp corners.

Then sanded with 180 grit and then 240 grit using an orbital sander.

Then wipe over with a cloth to remove any dust and varnish. I used oil based satin polyurethane varnish as it will be tough and durable, two coats for the shelves and one for the uprights. Once the varnish was dry, it was just a case of drilling holes in the uprights.

The only things that hold the bookcase together is the friction between the uprights and the shelves, but one the threaded rods are tight it is very solid.

ps: books note mine!

Job done.