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Barrister's Bookcase Plan

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52208
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52% of 100

Not just for law books anymore, this barrister's bookcase plan was revamped to provide a dust-free environment for the designer's record album collection. This classic bookcase lends a prestigious feel to any office and any collection (of books or otherwise). We recommend using the Barrister Bookcase Hardware kit (item #10195, sold separately).

(1) Barrister's Bookcase Plan
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Weight 0.0900
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  • Finished Project Measures: 53" H x 36" W x 16" D
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Wish there was a video to go with it.
January 24, 2019
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9 months ago
A very nice peice of furniture!
I'm not sure where my colleagues got confused, but I built two of these and they turned out wonderful. The only change I made was using dowels instead of screws to hold it together. I needed a jointer and planer because I started with rough cut wood. I used a tablesaw, router (with bits on hand), and a sander. I needed pretty much all my clamps, but that was about it. I do agree that the hardware could be improved, but once installed it works great. The cut list was accurate, and the instructions were right on. As with any project, it is helpful to read the instructions all the way through before beginning to see where you're headed. My major variation was the glass on the doors. I also do glass work so I made some nice leaded glass doors. I wouldn't recommend this as a beginne'rs project, but if you are comfortable with the tools mentioned above, I certainly wouldn't hesitate to go for it. It really does become a nice piece!
October 27, 2015
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
The prints were clear and easy...
The prints were clear and easy to follow. The hardware kit with the plastic hinges I returned as unsatisfactory. The flipper door hardware will be ordered when I get ready to build the bookcase.
February 18, 2008
Unless you use a router to...
Unless you use a router to cut a deep slot in the top before assembly, the only option is to cut an ugly miter along the front of the door. Also it would be nice to have a metal set.
January 31, 2008
I was very disappointed with this...
I was very disappointed with this plan, and the plastic hardware kit as well. There are several dimensions that are differnt in the cut list and the diagrams. If you decide to build this, check both carefully to determine which is correct or you will waste material. This project is very tool intensive, check to be sure you have all of the necessary tools and especially router bits before beginning. The top calls for a bit that I was unable to find. My biggest complaint with the design was that it calls for building large assenblies and then performing intricate profiling on the assembly. In many cases the component parts could have had details added before the sub assembly was put together which would leave more room for error. One slip of the router could be reason to scrap an entire assembly. With a little more thought this could be avoided. This project uses some fairly complex jointery, including mortise and tenon and several stopped dado's but at the end of the day the basic structure is held together with screws. I think that could be improved. My last issue had to do with finishing. While the plan calls for building the project from walnut and using a tung oil finish, if you choose to use a differnt species and finish, as i did, there is alot of extra work involved, as you really have to apply the stain on many of the parts before assembly.
May 16, 2008
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To make a graduation gift
LAVON K on Jan 18, 2019
Plan to make this project in the next year - plans will save me time
Alan W on Nov 27, 2015
To make a graduation gift
LAVON K on Jan 18, 2019
I have mahogany and want to make something with it.
ScottTracy R on Sep 29, 2018
Plan to make this project in the next year - plans will save me time
Alan W on Nov 27, 2015
to get project ideas for some cherry wood (and on sale!)
James W on Jul 10, 2015
room remodel project
Dennis H on May 7, 2015
I have mahogany and want to make something with it.
ScottTracy R on Sep 29, 2018
to get project ideas for some cherry wood (and on sale!)
James W on Jul 10, 2015
What is the shelf dimensions, (just the inside part where the books sit)?
What are the dimensions at the base (foot print)?
Chris P on Jan 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I modified the plan from Rockland increasing the storage space. Sorry, but I cannot answer your question.
Robert C.
What is meant by plastic v. metal hinges or flippers and which number hardware kits do these refer to?
Christopher W on Apr 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Christopher,
I don't know what the part number is for the barrister hinges for the bookcase. But I did build such a case and the brown metal set of barrister hinges work well. They are the ones that look like European drawer glides but work differently. And because they have to support the weight of the doors in the up position I would only use metal ones. The install is a bit fussy because you have to get the geometry right. But they are a good product.
THE SLIDE GROOVES ARE CUT INTO THE SIDE OF THE CASE HOW DO U PUT THE DOOR BACK INTO THE TOP SHELF OF CASE?
Gregory M on Jan 14, 2016
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