Building a Book Case for DIY Using a Wood Router

After a while, stacks of books on table tops begin to look untidy and you need a book case to keep your house organized.

Ideally, book cases should have a touch of elegance in order to add some value to the room. They form a striking space for storage in any room of a house. For a book case that is a perfect fit, it is best to build your own.

Here is a step by step guide on how you can go about this using perhaps the best router for woodworking, the DeWalt DWP611PK:

Seek a place to position your book case and get the dimensions to suit your needs.

Sketch out a plan in your drawing book including all the intricate details that you want to incorporate.


Get the right wood for the project.

Birch veneer plywood is an ideal wood for building bookcases. It is easy to work with and it is inexpensive.

birch veneer plywood

Take measurements and then cut the frame accordingly. Use your pencil to mark the areas that need to be cut to avoid making mistakes.

use your pencil to mark the areas

Cut shelves from the plywood including those on the sides and top. Don’t forget the interiors.

Now cut to length using a miter saw. Ensure that the panels on the sides and top as well as the interior are the right length.

Make sure that the cuts are neat and clean.

Using your DeWalt DWP611PK wood router, rabbet cut the interior shelves into the panels on the side for the grame. The router will give you a clean and perfect cut. This will create a stronger bookcase and the shelves will be able to hold a sizable amount of books.

Using DeWalt DWP611PK wood router

You can vary the speed with this router to help you better control it and achieve your desired result.

Ensure that you route the grooves at the same place in the two side panels. This should give you perfect rabbet joints with even and straight lines.

The router will give your unit a classy look even if it was built at home.

Now put the unit together.

Begin by fixing the top to the two side panels. Use finish nails and wood glue to achieve a strong finishing.

Next, put the shelves in by applying glue to the rabbet joints created above and slide the shelves into the joints.

Once the shelves are in place, you can use finish nails to ensure that they are perfectly in place.

Add the final finishing touches.

Cover the rough edges of your plywood using a nice piece of poplar.

Ensure that you shape the poplar to a smooth finish. Once the glue is all dried up, you can sand the entire surface to give it a smooth feel and look. The holes for the nails can be covered using wood putty.

Finally, you can stain or paint the bookshelf to give it a perfect look.

perfect bookcase

With a brilliant router and this detailed h guide, your brand new book case can be created in minutes.

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