Build a Bookcase with Doors
Structure and details make the difference in this Shaker-style case
Synopsis: Christian Becksvoort designed this small bookcase to carry just a few details — a dovetailed molding at the top of the case, a mitered base and strip of wood just above the doors. Detailed drawings illustrate those key design details as well as his explanations of how dovetails hold the case together and how miters solve aesthetic problems. The door-frame joinery looks trickier than it is. The article includes tips on smoother dovetailing, mitering stock of different widths, measure-free frame joinery, and a trick for hanging doors.
The essence of good design is a piece of furniture that seems right just the way it is. There should be nothing to add and nothing to take away to improve it. That’s what I aimed for with this cherry bookcase. It was to be Shaker inspired, quiet and unpretentious, but not boring.
The bookcase needed to fit beneath a window sill,…