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"I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves." - Anna Quindlen

 Book Case
I had something specific I wanted to solve with this bookcase: Most of this type have a front strip that reinforces the sides from bowing outward, and hides and retains the ends of the loose shelves. It also blocks one or two books on each end of the shelf. With my design, the shelves are captive, with the ends hidden for a more finished appearance, while the sides at each end of the shelf are flush, so no book is hidden or trapped.
 Captive shelf end   bottom view
 Top detail


The bookcase below is one of many I've built specifically for paperbacks, which at least used to be of uniform size. This one is made from an oak packing case, with the nail holes filled with furniture plugs, and stained. It's hung by a pair of small steel brackets 16" apart, with two drywall screws going into the studs. The brackets have been repositioned a couple of times, to suit different locations in different houses.

Wall mounted paperback book case Wall mounted paperback book case

Here are two more paperback bookcases I slapped together out of pine, and were pressed into service before I got around to finishing them.
paperback book case paperback book case
paperback book case foot They just lean against the wall. Small pieces of felt on the upper corners keep them from scuffing the paint. While most book cases are 3' wide or more, these solve the problem of utilizing narrow sections of wall space.

Below is one I built in my student years, when I was more nomadic. The drawing survives, and from my notes: "the inside piece A must be about 1/16" longer the outside piece B, in order to interlock securely." The absent center module leaves space for extra tall books. I'd planned to put thin plywood backs on the units, but they were rigid enough, so I didn't.
modular book case drawing
     
This is one that I didn't put much work into. I got this Cutty Sark scotch box from the alley behind a bar in Harvard Square around 1969. I disassembled it, reglued it, and put coat of varnish on it. It survives to this day as a bookcase and end table. wooden Cutty Sark box circe 1969
     
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