Steve Latta designed a set of bookshelves that will cover a lot of wall but requires only a little time and material to build. Using housed lap joints cut with a router and tablesaw, this unique design can be taken apart and reassembled in minutes. The more weight you put on the shelving, the more secure it is, and it’s a great project for using up scraps. From Fine Woodworking #158
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Wonderful design, but I do not think the taper tilts the shelves' weight towards the wall.
If the 2" front section is cut perpendicular to the back of the
standards, then the back edge of the standards will be perpendicular to the surface on which the 2" section rests. The part of the base that does not touch the floor has no effect on the angle.
What I think keeps the shelves from tipping forward is both the practice of pushing shelf contents to the rear of each shelf and also the fact that the higher shelves are narrower than the lower ones.
The taper does negate any irregularities in the floor near the wall might have on the way the shelves sit.
In this video, Matt takes some of the lessons learned in episodes 3 & 4 and builds on them to demonstrate the North Bennet Street method for the half-blind, or half-lapped, dovetails on the toolbox drawers.