BUILD A BOOKCASE
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
Completion Time: 1 weekend

Decor accessories, audio-visual equipment, books, boxes, baskets or storage boxes: this multifunctional piece of furniture is an essential in the living room, the boudoir or in the bedroom.

This bookcase has a total width of 108” and consists of 4 modules: 2 towers 30" x 90" and 2 centre modules 48"W each. Each section is built separately, prior to assembly. The result is an economical, MDF bookcase which we then finished with several mouldings and rosettes.

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TOOLS

  • Circular saw
  • Mitre saw
  • Bench saw
  • Drill screwdriver (electric or cordless)
  • Countersink drill bit for No. 6 screws

  • Brad point drill bit 3/16’’ with depth stop
  • Tape measure
  • Square
  • Pencil

MATERIALS

  • 4 sheets MDF, 48" x 96" x 5/8"
  • 3 sheets MDF, 48" x 96" x ¼"’
  • 7 mouldings (frame), ½" x 2 ¾" x 96"
  • 6 mouldings (rosettes), 3" x 3" x 7/8"
  • 1" No. 6 screws
  • Wood glue

  • 5/8" No. 8 particleboard screws (for brackets)
  • 1 ¼" 18-gauge nails
  • Corner braces, 1" x 1" x ¾"
  • Shelf brackets
  • Filler
  • Paint, dark brown
BEFORE ASSEMBLY
ELEVATION(S)

BUILD A BOOKCASE

NOTES

MDF

MDF is a versatile material that makes it easy to build strong, sturdy and affordable furniture. It is advisable to always glue the pieces together with carpenter glue before fastening them with nails or screws. If the nails or screws do not provide enough strength, use clamps to hold the parts together while the glue dries.

Nail fastening:
For some projects, it is best to use finishing nails. In such cases, using a pneumatic nailer will get the job done more quickly and easily, and the nails will hardly show.

Important note:
Always wear a protective mask when cutting or sanding MDF as the dust can be irritating and is a potential health hazard. Work outside if you can; if this is not possible, close any air vents and doors leading to other rooms so as to prevent the dust from spreading. Open a window while you work and cover all items in the room with dust sheets. Vacuum when you have finished cutting.