Several weeks ago, I installed a set off built-in bookshelves for one of my Asheville customers. They recently sent me a few photos of the shelves with books in them, which reminded me that I haven't shared them here yet!
The shelves have a nice offset pattern:
I started with a 2"x10" board which I lag-bolted to the ceiling joists. This ensured that the bookcase would never tip forward. (Normally I would also secure it to the wall behind, but this particular wall was made out of Styrofoam insulation board.)
I also built a "foundation" at the bottom to support the heavy weight that these shelves will eventually bear.
Next came the fun part: building the shelves. Naturally, I started at the bottom and worked my way up.
The picture on the right-hand side (below) shows the structure of the bookcase. The sides are comprised of two parts:
I really like this layout because I can add lots of supportive structure which can all be hidden by face framing. It all comes together in a very tight fit.
"Face framing" is exactly what it sounds like: wooden strips which go on the front of the frame. They make the shelves look thicker, and they also make them stronger.
There was also QUITE a bit of painting on this project, and it was very tricky, because the wall was a different color than the shelves. Normally I would have put a backing on the shelves to make the painting simpler, but this room was very small, and it would have been hard to bring it in as one piece.
Of course I pre-painted the boards before installation, but they always need another coat once it's all put together. I had to borrow my wife's artist brushes to get into all the little corners.
But it turned out very well. The customer even left a great review on Google.
If you're interested in getting your own custom built-in furniture, check out my online furniture portfolio at www.ArtisanBuiltins.com.
Or you can still contact me in the usual way, and I'll be glad to assist you.