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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5 thoughts on “Building a Book Case for DIY Using a Wood Router

  1. Plain and simple, just like I wanted it!! Thanks for the detailed guide. And now my question: can I mount this case on a wall and what’s the easiest way to do that? My floors are already too crowded.

  2. Can I use the DeWaltDWP611PK to make these tiny separate compartments so that I can divide my college books into separate sections and create like a small library? 🙂

  3. Hello, there! What I wanna ask you has nothing to do with how you can use the tools or how to make the shelves… I actually wanna know if there’s some way in which I can straighten the plywood that I have at home since it’s a bit warped in the middle… Didn’t take good care of it, I know, I know…

  4. I like the idea behind this book case, but I’m wondering if you can link me to some plan with a more complicated design. What I’d like to do is go a bit asymmetrical, but I don’t know how that could impact the overall balance of the book case.

  5. Why do you recommend rabbet joints for the shelves? I’m asking because I have a nice biscuit jointer at home that I’d like to use for the jointing. I’m wondering now if that’s such a good idea.


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