Bookshelves: Episode 3

Bookshelf 3

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In this episode, Paul cuts the taper on the bookshelf sides and cuts the recess for the toe board. He then shows how to mark and and cut the step on the shelves to fit in the stepped housing dado.

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  1. STEVE MASSIE on 12 February 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Paul and Staff thanks again for another great video, I really enjoyed it.


  2. Eddy Flynn on 12 February 2014 at 8:00 pm

    thanks guys these methods are really starting to sink in eventually.

  3. danw on 23 October 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Would it be easier to get the shelves and supports all the same length first, fit them all together inside the sides and then layout the top based on that? It seems that laying out the top first makes it awkward to get the shelf lengths exactly right.

    • jakegevorgian on 6 March 2017 at 6:06 am


      I was thinking about a similar question to yours.

      I think that it would be OK to get the markings of the remaining shelves from the bookcase top-shelf housing dadoes. Perhaps master Paul could correct me on that.

      Anyhow, trial assembly is really useful, I just wish I got paid for trials 🙂


      • Philip Adams on 7 March 2017 at 10:54 am

        Dan & Jake,
        It is very difficult to be sure of the exact length of the shelves needed until you have the top, bottom and side dadoes cut. They can then be individually cut to length if necessary, so would recommend Paul’s order of working.
        Best, Phil

  4. Betzalel on 15 June 2017 at 11:25 am

    At 24:40: “I cut the shelves by deduction.” Would have been nice to have included this laying out. I am still wandering how Paul did it.

    • Philip Adams on 15 June 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Hello Betzalel,
      Once you have your two sides set parallel, you measure from the bottom of one housing to the bottom of the other. With smaller pieces, you can place the end of the shelf in one housing and use a knife to mark the length at the bottom of the other, but this is more tricky with larger projects.

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