Introduction: How to Make a 13ft Tall Bookcase
In this build i create a 13ft tall bookshelf with a rolling ladder. I use mostly maple cabinet grade plywood and rough sawn soft maple for the face frame.
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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Step 1: Breakdown Material
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".
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: Layout and Cut Joinery. Assemble Carcass
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.
Step 4: Mill Stock for Face Frames
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
Step 5: 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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