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One & Two Sheet Bookcases

Build a beautiful bookcase without breaking the bank! This seemingly simple bookcase is built using limited tools and limited materials. Our detailed plan¬†gives you everything you need to create either a sleek and modern One-Sheet Bookcase (60″ Tall x 9 3/4″ Deep x 30 1/4″ Wide) or a more traditional Two-Sheet Bookcase (60 3/4″ Tall x 11 3/4″ Deep x 33 1/2″ Wide). The three-hour video series specifically covers the more complex Two-Sheet Bookcase, since the same tools and techniques are employed to create the simpler One-Sheet version.

Instructor: Marc Spagnuolo

The project includes:

  • 9 step by step lessons
  • 190 minutes of video instruction


What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file for both¬†versions of the bookcase.
  • Over three hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build, from wood selection to finishing. Closed Captioning available.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Breaking down plywood with a circular saw
  • How to make a circular saw track
  • Making dados and rabbets with a router
  • Assembling casework
  • Face frame assembly
  • Working with molding and edging
  • Pre-finishing with gel stain

What you’ll need:

  • Circular Saw
  • Drill
  • Router (with rabbeting bit and a small Ogee profile bit)
  • Miter Saw (you can substitute with a traditional hand saw and miter box)
  • I also used a brad nailer, but that’s optional.
  • Plywood and trim that can be sourced from any home center

9 Lessons Included


Bookcase Project Summary

Information for the bookcase project


Bookcase Project Tour

A complete virtual tour of the Bookcase project as well as a discussion of what you need in terms of materials and tools.



Circular Saw Cutting Jig

You don't need expensive commercial jigs to cut plywood. Using inexpensive materials, we'll make our own!



Materials & Cutting Parts

A look at the materials used for this project as well as an in-depth demonstration of breaking down plywood for parts.



Joinery & Plywood Trim

All case joinery is done using the router and a special plywood bit. An of course, we need to cover those ugly plywood edges!




Whenever possible, I recommend pre-finishing. But you absolutely must have a logical strategy in place.



Bookcase Assembly

This video not only covers the assembly of the bookcase, but also the drilling of the shelf pins.



The Face Frame

Nothing dresses up a plywood case better than a face frame! Learn how to assemble and attach a face frame to the bookcase carcass.



Trim and Final Finish

A few traditional trim details bring our elegant bookcase to life!


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