This modular bookcase has straightforward joinery, manageable assemblies, and can be customized in several ways.
When you look at this Barrister’s Bookcase, it would be easy to miss the fact that it’s not built like most bookcases. The bookcase isn’t built as a single large unit — it’s modular. And this particular Barrister’s Bookcase is made up of three different sections: a cap, a base, and a case with about a 14" opening (a slightly shorter 12" version of the case is also included). The nice thing about a modular design is that it allows for quite a bit of flexibility. The modules can be mixed and matched in a variety of ways. (The taller version in the photo includes two tall and two short cases.) Plus, if you run out of shelf space you can always build another section or two. (Which may be why these bookcases were so popular with lawyers, or barristers, to begin with.)
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- 14 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
- More than 60 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
- Materials list and cutting diagram
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The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.
All of the information that you need to build our plans can be found in the standard plan. However, if you want even more granular detail to make your job easier, you should consider our premium plans. These come with additional shop diagrams that we drew when creating the prototypes. Shop drawings are not available for every plan.