This impressive piece of furniture holds books and other valuables and makes a handsome addition to any home or office.
Best of all, it’s not necessary to be an expert cabinet-maker to build it, just an average do-it-yourselfer with a few tools and some spare time.
Materials for the bookcase as shown include pine, ash plywood and a single sheet of hardboard, but other woods can be used.
It is shown here with a dark stain, but a clear finish on pine yields a more rustic, natural and contemporary appearance.
The bookcase can be customized easily to suit individual tastes. Brass handles and knobs for the doors and drawer look nice and last a long time.
Decorative wire mesh (as shown) or glass panes work well on the upper doors, and the ornamental molding on the lower doors, though optional, is available ready-made in many styles.
The project requires several different wood cuts and pieces, so it takes some time and attention to detail.
Fortunately, most of the cuts are straight cuts, and full-size patterns and diagrams simplify the assembly.
The completed bookcase measures 74 inches tall by 33 inches wide by 17 inches deep.
The Bookcase plan, No. 672, is $6.50 and includes step-by-step instructions with 16 photos, full-size traceable patterns, exploded diagrams and a complete shopping list and cutting schedule.
Instructions for converting the bookcase into a gun cabinet are also included.
In addition, a catalog picturing hundreds of other do-it-yourself projects is available for $3.95.
Prices include sales tax, postage and handling.
MEMO: To order, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, CA 91409-2383. Specify plan number and allow three to four weeks for delivery (for first-class mail, add $1 per item).