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Project of the Week: Bookcase is do-it-yourself classic

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
By Don and Dave Runyan, For The Oklahoman Published: February 4, 2013

A product of the Arts and Crafts movement at the beginning of the 20th century, Craftsman-style furniture is characterized by its use of common materials, handcrafted construction and functionality. Still popular today, original pieces of Craftsman furniture have become valuable antiques, and even reproductions are expensive.

Do-it-yourselfers, however, can enjoy classic Craftsman style at a fraction of the cost of an original (or even reproduction) piece. Featuring three adjustable shelves behind tempered glass doors, this handsome bookcase project has the clean lines and pleasing proportions of the pieces that inspired it.

The bookcase is made mostly from oak plywood (other woods will work) and calls for simple construction techniques that make it easy enough for beginners. Most of the cuts are straight, and the plan includes a full-size pattern for the single curved cut for the skirt. The project can be finished clear, as pictured, painted or stained dark for a traditional look.

The bookcase is 60 inches tall by 36 inches wide by 12 inches deep.

The Craftsman Bookcase plan, No. 863, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size patterns, construction diagrams, a materials list and cutting layout and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of bookcase plans, No. C118, is $21.95 and includes this plan plus two others. A free catalog picturing dozens of projects is also available. Please include $4 per order (not per item) for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054.