Building a tall bookcase can stretch the limits of a small
shop. We all know that big boards can be a bear to
handle and glue up, so I’ve taken an old Scandinavian
design and sliced it up into bite-size pieces. My solution is to
break the bookcase into two interlocking sections that require
only short and narrow stuff. Not to mention, that’s the only
way I could get it out of my shop and up the basement stairs!
Biscuits join the shelves and sides. It’s a snap to put together
wide boards at right angles with a plate joiner. But biscuits
alone aren’t enough to make a stiff case, so I’ve added backboards
that lock the whole bookcase into a rigid unit.