The two bookcases are joined together by a bench constructed from 2x4 boards, plywood, and moulding to finish off the edges. The basic frame consists of four rails, six stiles, three braces, a plywood top, and a base made from 1/4" faced plywood. The length can be modified to fit the space available in the room. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.
|top||3/4" plywood||14" x 60"||1|
|base shelf||1/4" plywood||12" x 60"||2|
|base moulding||shingle moulding||60"||1|
|moulding over stiles||mullion||15"||3|
|moulding over wall and bookshelf||cove||as needed||2|
Step 1: Create frame base by connecting two bottom rails with three braces using wood glue and drywall screws. The braces are attached inside the rails.
Step 2: Attach four stiles to the corners of the rails using wood glue and drywall screws.
Step 3: Now attach the other two stiles to the top and bottom rails using wood glue and drywall screws.
Step 4: Attach frame to bookcases. Attach to the frame from the inside of the bookcases using wood glue and drywall screws on both ends of the bench.
Step 5: Take the 1/4" plywood base, beginning with the overall piece 12 x 60", and mark notches in corners. Trace a scrap 2 x 4 to mark notches, and cut out with a jigsaw. If necessary, cut the base board in half for easier assembly.
Step 6: Attach 1/4" plywood base to the bottom of the frame using wood glue and drywall screws.
Step 7: Attach the 1/4-inch-thick plywood top of the bench using wood glue and drywall screws. (Note: The top hangs over front of base by 2 inches to allow for a 14-inch-wide cushion.
Step 8: To finish off the front rail of the bench, attach a 60-inch piece of shingle moulding. To finish off the three front rails, attach 15-inch strips of mullion trim.
Step 9: Run cove moulding up the sides of bookcase to cover where bookcases meet the wall. (Tip: Countersink all screws, and fill with wood putty. Once dry, sand smooth.)
Dimensions for base.
Originally published in Lowe's Creative Ideas for Home and Garden March/April 2001 ©SPC Custom Publishing.Back To Lowe's For Pros