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Internet Tools: How to Build a Bookcase0

As you can see by the picture above, I have a book problem.  To call me a bibliophile would be a massive understatement.   By the way, this photo represents only one part of my eight bookshelves—all in the same state of chaos.

When we moved into our new house, my girlfriend suggested that I box up some of the books and put them in storage.  I said no.  

It may sound ridiculous, but when I get in the mood to read something I want it close-at-hand.  I don’t want to have to drive to a storage unit, dig through stuff, find the right box, dig through the box, etc.

Instead, I plan on building some more bookcases.  If you have been following this blog, you’ll know that I’m not that skilled when it comes to building things.  I need help.  Here are some the best web references I found about how to build a book case. 

Popular Mechanics:  I have a subscription to Popular Science, but oddly enough, I often forget how truly useful Popular Mechanics is.  They offer a 12-step instruction manual  for building a bookcase  which is detailed and includes drawings for reference.

Free Tall Bookshelf Plans: The plans for this floor-to-ceiling book case can be modified for different sized rooms and the design includes an attractive molding detail at the top.  The plans themselves include pictures, drawings, a materials list, and more.  Highly recommended!

Instructables: Though a bit muddled with advertisements, this site offers up a great step-by-step guide to making some unique looking bookshelves.  Numerous pictures, interesting text, and a materials list make this another go-to site. 

Okay, I think I’m all ready to build.   

But stay tuned.  Even with the best plans, it could become a catastrophe – which you won’t want to miss. 

by John Barker

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