Barrister’s Bookcase

Marc Spagnuolo

A barrister's bookcase is a classic design originally design to house volumes of books for barristers (lawyers). But you don't have to be a lawyer to incorporate this design into your home. The cases are modular and can be stacked in any number and any orientation to suit your space and tastes. The glass doors allow you to see the contents while also protecting your precious books, DVDs and/or collectibles.

The dimensions of the bookcase (stacked three high) are: 34” Wide x 16” High (12 1/2” interior) x 15” Depth (14” interior)

  • 11 lessons
  • 110 min
  • $90.00

What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (metric and imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction (13 videos) showing every step of the build, from wood selection to finishing.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Wood selection
  • Frame and panel construction
  • How to execute solid mortise and tenon joints
  • How to execute tongue and groove joints
  • How to make tapers
  • How to install glass panels
  • How to construct an all wood hinge system
  • How to apply a wiping varnish finish

What You’ll Need:

Tools

  • Planer/Jointer (alternatives: purchase pre-milled lumber kits or use hand planes)
  • Tablesaw
  • Circular Saw
  • Dado Stack (for making tenons)
  • Router
  • Festool Domino (although I used this tool you can substitute dowels, biscuits, or pocket screws)
  • Bandsaw (alternative: Jigsaw)
  • Hollow Chisel Mortiser (alternative: router, which is discussed in the video)
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Miter Saw (alternatives: Cross-cut Sled or Miter Gauge at Table Saw)
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Hand Tools – Chisels, Card or Cabinet Scraper, Router Plane, Shoulder Plane, Hand Plane, Block Plane
  • 18 gauge Brad Nailer

Bits

Stuff

From the Guild:

My first Guild project, and a great choice. Everything was excellent, from the video, sound, instruction and plans. Highly recommended, and I look forward to my next build.

BarryC
Guild Member

The barristers bookcase is my first WW Guild project and I was blown away by the quality of the video instruction, plans and drawings. I found it straight forward to adjust to meet my requirements and just love the modular approach to this. Another unit will be added at a later date to take it to 4 layers i’m sure. The build has raised interest with a commission being ordered already in Oak or Elm if the timber can be sourced.
I can’t recommend the Guild enough definitely worth a go, so much so that no 2 project already bought and getting ready to embark on my next adventure ‘the waterfall table’

Phenrica
Guild Member

Awesome project! Great videos with clear, concise plans. I built two for my mom and have had requests from customers for additional builds.

Another awesome guild build!

Chris Nicholson
Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of the book Hybrid Woodworking. He has contributed articles and video content to FineWoodworking.com, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also the owner and operator of The Wood Whisperer Guild and the Wood Talk Podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.