Starting Out: Simple Bookcase Joints
The third of four articles to help beginning woodworkers get going with the craft
Synopsis: In this third of four articles on starting out, Roger Holmes explores the varieties of bookshelf joints. Box joinery can be as complex or simple as your skill and patience permit; he explains how to make a tongue-and-groove bookshelf that’s strong and easy to assemble. He recommends dadoing by hand and explains how to plow the grooves in the joints. Side information details how to do the same work with machines, instead of hand tools.
I can’t remember the last time I rented a house with bookshelves (or enough closets for that matter, but I own a lot more books than shirts). So for years I’ve lived with makeshift shelves—planks on bricks and brackets, planks wedged into alcoves. Confronted with another shelfless house recently, I finally decided to make some permanent shelves that could move with me from house to house. The result, a stack of two simple…