1. 3/4โ€ณ Furniture grade Birch ply
  2. 1โ€ณx? Pre primed pine
  3. crown molding
  4. Base caps
  5. Chop saw
  6. table saw
  7. nail guns
  8. screw gun
  9. Kreg pocket hole j
  10. glue
  11. Paint

Step 1: The Bookcases and Cabinets

Everything was made from 3/4โ€ณ furniture grade birch plywood and pre-primed pine. The plywood was cut to size and the shelves are inset using a Dado blade set to the right size. This gives the shelves strength for the heavy books that will rest on them. Pine face frames are made with a Kreg pocket hole jig.

Step 2: Installing the Pieces

The bookcases were built in small manageable sections as I was doing this all alone. The sides of the entry are covered with this raised panel detail I made from pine and 3/4โ€ณ MDF as it routers clean and is smooth for this application. I do NOT recommend using MDF for anything that entails strength!

Step 3: Base Moldings and Details

To tie it all together so it looks seamless I add the base moldings and detail molding.

Step 4: Prime and Paint

Prime and paint everything with a good primer. I use Zinsser Bulls eye water based primer and Benjamin Moore semi gloss Mayonnaise.

Step 5: Add Wainscot to the Walls

I added a simple wainscot to the walls that really ties it all together. The look goes a long way to make this room elegant. Same color as the shelves.

Step 6: Coffered Ceiling

The ceiling was a must to bring it all together. The beams were made from 1โ€ณx4โ€ณ pine in my shop and then simply slide over 2โ€ณx4โ€ณ already attached to the ceiling. Finished the inside with antique tin i simply clear coated and kept the age. Finished with solid crown inside each box.

Step 7: Almost Done

All the painting and detail work is done. Just waiting on the library ladder and some books!

Step 8: Finished Library

There are over 1000 books in here and still a ton more room for more. This has become one of our favorite rooms to sit and relax.

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