Half Wall Bookcase

By Robert Robillard on Finish Carpentry

Half Wall Bookcase

A Room Divider

A bookcase used as a room divider can serve several purposes at the same time. This bookcase will most likely be used to display items and photographs versus book.

Before photo: Carpet over a half wall, can you say 1970!

Half Wall Bookcase

After the carpet was removed.

Half Wall Bookcase

Today we place the 13 plus foot bookcase on the half wall. The face frame, side and back panels were designed to overlap the top of the half wall to hide the joint.

Half Wall Bookcase

Scribe to Wall

First order of business is to scribe the side going against the wall. You’ll notice that the face frame is extra long on this side.

That is because when we measured the job we checked the wall for plumb and the wall for level. Both were out a lot so we added extra wood on this side to scribe it tight to the wall.

Half Wall Bookcase

Shim Level

Once scribed to the wall we trimmed the bottom partitions and shimmed the bookcase as needed to get it level.

Half Wall Bookcase

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