Half Wall Bookcase

By Robert Robillard on Finish Carpentry

The side of the bookcase overlaps the half wall.

Half Wall Bookcase

The back of the bookcase is 3/4″ birch plywood and was needed for strength. the seam will disappear once painted.

Half Wall Bookcase

The bookcase ends at the steps and the homeowner did not want to put in a railing so she suggested we build a “see through” case to return on this short wall.

Attaching Top and Return Cabinet

The top shelf was attached from below with screws and Scotia molding was installed under the shelf.

Below: Bill is attaching the return case.

Half Wall Bookcase

Return bookcase installed.

Half Wall Bookcase

A larger view of the room. While Bill was installing the bookcase I installed the mantle in the background.

Half Wall Bookcase

View when you enter the front door. Furniture in the way is temporarily placed.

Half Wall Bookcase

Bookcase installed. When the client came home she told us she loved it,and that it was better than she had hoped for…. now that’s what I like to hear.

Half Wall Bookcase

Return “cubby” style bookcase.

Half Wall Bookcase

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