Half Wall Bookcase

By Robert Robillard on Finish Carpentry

Half Wall Bookcase

Back in the shop we started making our bookcase out of cabinet grade Birch plywood. Because this bookcase is sitting on top of a wall we had to design it with a thicker back panel to help keep it in place and stable.
We use the joint below to join the cabinet frame together. this joint provides strength, a hidden joint and ample surface area for glue.

Half Wall Bookcase

Building the Face-frame

Using the story pole we laid out and made the face frame for the bookcase. The face frame is designed to drop down and overlap [hide] the top seam of the 1/2 wall.

This face frame is approximately 13′ long.

Half Wall Bookcase

I used biscuit joints to join the face frame together.

For certain types of woodworking joints such as edge-to-edge joints, miter joints, T-joints and corner joints, biscuit joinery provides a fast, strong and accurate, joint. A special tool is used to cut the slots for the biscuits and is called a a biscuit joiner (or plate joiner).

Half Wall Bookcase

Below is my biscuit joiner. Sitting on top of the bookcase vertical dividers ready for assembly.

Half Wall Bookcase

Super Long Top

The top of the bookcase will have a shelf with an overhanging nosing and Scotia molding underneath. Below we are cluing the 3/4″ poplar nosing to the top shelf.

Half Wall Bookcase

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