Craftsman-Style Book Rack
With just one board and a couple days in the shop, you can build a handsome place to organize and display your favorite books.
At first glance, there are a few things that make this small book rack really stand out. First, the decorative openings on the ends catch your eye. Then the joinery grabs your attention. Finally, the quartersawn white oak gives it a classic, solid look. There are only three main parts to this project — a shelf and two gently curved ends that include an arc on the bottom. As for the joinery, the shelf looks like it’s connected to the ends with through tenons. But these “tenons” hold a secret. They’re actually plugs over screws that connect the shelf to the ends. Along with the square openings, the plugs contribute to the Craftsman-style appearance of the book rack. And speaking of the openings, there’s a unique table saw technique for making these square holes that ensures they’re perfectly sized and centered with a minimum of hassle.
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What You Get:
- 6 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
- Over 20 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
- Technique for cutting the square openings
- Full-size patterns for the curved ends
- Cutting diagram, materials list, and retail sources for project hardware
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
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.