How to build a bookcase

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In this course we have a look at the bookcase that you see at the back of the workshop. In reality it is more than a bookcase, four larger drawers using through and blind dovetails, two large cupboards with raised panel doors and the frame is held together using sliding dovetail joinery.

An ambitious build – but it certainly gets you familiar with your skills and tools.

This course is made up of 11 lessons

  • Lesson 1 looks at the design and the approach to the build
  • Lesson 2 looks at the top and bottom panels and the sliding dovetails
  • Lesson 3 we turn our attention to the internal panels and pre-drill the holes for the adjustable shelves
  • Lesson 4 we complete the internal panels, trim the end panels to length and glue up the main body of the bookcase
  • Lesson 5 we install the internal shelves, fit the back and put the bookcase into its final position
  • Lesson 6 we turn our attention to the drawers and the dovetail joinery
  • Lesson 7 we complete the drawers and fit them to the unit
  • Lesson 8 we turn our attention to the raised panel doors, look at the techniques and key components
  • Lesson 9 we raise the panel and glue up the doors
  • Lesson 10 we install the doors using BLOOM fittings
  • Lesson 11 we complete the build by making and installing the crown moulding
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