Build an affordable classic-design bookshelf.
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Designed to be flat-packed for storage, and based on the simplicity of Japanese design, this geometric, shelf can be used for books or display. It’s made with 25mm MDF (have the supplier cut it to size for accurate assembly). The MDF is edged with contrasting solid jarrah.
Attach timber edging
Position the edging along the legs and shelves protruding evenly over the top and bottom faces of the MDF. Secure with interior PVA, then clamp, removing excess adhesive with a damp cloth and leaving to dry.
Flush the edging
Clamp the shelves and legs, and use a flush cutter to finish the timber edging. Sand with a random orbital sander, removing the top and bottom arris with a 6mm roundover bit. Apply two coats of clear polyurethane, sanding between each coat.
Cut the ends of the legs
Set a mitre saw to 15º, cut the base of the legs to sit flush on the floor at an angle, and the tops to be parallel to the floor.
Mark up the joints
Position the legs together, with the front and back edges matching to form an inverted V shape at the base end and mark up one side of the legs using a square (see Diagram).
Mark the angled leg joints
Set out angled half-lap joints across the back edges of the legs using a sliding bevel. Mark the cut lines across the other side of the legs, from the angled back edge lines to halfway, joining the two points to form the base of the joint.
Cut the joints
With the mitre saw adjusted to 15º, cut out the half-lap joints, finishing the cuts using a jigsaw and tilting the base to match the 15º of the mitre saw. Use a chisel to clean up the joint.
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