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Does anyone know where I can find plans for Built-in bookcases, using pocket hole joinery?  I'm new to woodworking and to Kreg and have done some small things and am hooked.  Now, I'm staring at a big blank wall with two windows (see picture).  I've searched on Kreg Community, web, and have watched the Kreg video featuring Gary Striegler's built-in project (VERY TALENTED FELLOW I MUST SAY).  But I can’t find a detailed plan using PH joinery.  I desire to build three floor-to-ceiling bookcases with window seats in between. This has got to look good because its my first real 'test' that will be critiqued by all :) Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys and gals!

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Waynee, I think built-in plans are going to be hard/impossible to find because they're so different in every situation. All built-ins are for the most part purely custom to your own particular space. Our last three issues of the Kreg Plus Newsletter were about built-ins. I've linked to those below, hopefully something there will be useful to you!

 

http://www.kregtool.com/files/​newsletters/kregplus/june11.as​p
http://www.kregtool.com/files/​newsletters/kregplus/july11.as​p
http://www.kregtool.com/files/​newsletters/kregplus/august11.​asp

KregRep, yes I received the three emails that you're talking about and printed then and read several times. It's a good article. I just figured maybe someone had some plans I could study before I design my own.  I'm sure I'd find something useful from any suggestions. Thanks again!

KregRep said:

Waynee, I think built-in plans are going to be hard/impossible to find because they're so different in every situation. All built-ins are for the most part purely custom to your own particular space. Our last three issues of the Kreg Plus Newsletter were about built-ins. I've linked to those below, hopefully something there will be useful to you!

 

http://www.kregtool.com/files/​newsletters/kregplus/june11.as​p
http://www.kregtool.com/files/​newsletters/kregplus/july11.as​p
http://www.kregtool.com/files/​newsletters/kregplus/august11.​asp

Speaking for myself, I am currently working on a media cabinet. I started just looking at pictures and when I found something I liked I tried to figure out how it would be put together. While I an not proficient with CAD programs, I started making drawings with dimensions on TurboCAD. I cut up some scrap pieces of wood to see how pocketholes would work (mainly because many of the pieces are cut on angles) I have learned that with a little planning, pockethole joinery can be a good substitute for mortise and tenon, dowels, or biscuits. I guess all of this is to say, grab a piece of paper and a pencil, take some measurements, make some sketches, and most of all, have fun.

There are books I have taken out from the library that deal specifically with built-ins. We have some great libraries in the greater Cleveland area.

 

http://kregjig.ning.com/forum/topics/turning-corners-in-cabinets?co...

 

http://kregjig.ning.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=0...

 

Go to http://plansnow.com/ substitute your rabbits and dados with but joints and pocket joinery.  And build a small scale item first. 

On the right side of the photo there is a door. What is the distance from the wall to the edge of the casing around the door? You won’t to make sure you have enough room for your face frame and books, and it need to be wide enough to sit on. Also I would start to plan the location of my pockets. For example you should put all of your pockets on the inside except for the ones you can hide behind trim or the wall. When you are laying out your design you should stand at the main entrance to the room and try to hide any joints that can be noticed from this angle.

4You could also build the three bookcases and make the height slightly above the window casing then step back and consider you other options such as shelf going all the way across the top, closing off the bottom shelf and making symmetrical drawers…

 

Here is the link to the one I built. http://kregjig.ning.com/photo/before-5?context=user 3/4 MDF had to use a 25/32 straight bit to cut the dados.  I built 4 boxes set the base on a 2x4 box.

I'm doing the same thing in my master bedroom. It's probably best to make up your own plans. Just draw a sketch of what you want, lay it out according to your dimensions, make a cut list, and put it together :) It takes just a little time and thought but that way it's customized to what you want and need.
Make sure you don't cover up that air duct whatever you do.  Lots of ways you could go with this project though!

Have you checked this site for plans:  ana-white.com

Lots of good, easy plans.  I'm sure you'll find something to suit your needs.

Robert, thank you. Yes, I do have ample spacing from the door frame. That was so something I accidentally (and fortunately) realized already :)




robert smith said:

On the right side of the photo there is a door. What is the distance from the wall to the edge of the casing around the door? You won’t to make sure you have enough room for your face frame and books, and it need to be wide enough to sit on. Also I would start to plan the location of my pockets. For example you should put all of your pockets on the inside except for the ones you can hide behind trim or the wall. When you are laying out your design you should stand at the main entrance to the room and try to hide any joints that can be noticed from this angle.

4You could also build the three bookcases and make the height slightly above the window casing then step back and consider you other options such as shelf going all the way across the top, closing off the bottom shelf and making symmetrical drawers…

 

Here is the link to the one I built. http://kregjig.ning.com/photo/before-5?context=user 3/4 MDF had to use a 25/32 straight bit to cut the dados.  I built 4 boxes set the base on a 2x4 box.

search the web and anywhere else you can, find a design or parts or designs you like. then use your measurements to make your own design. Also, go through any and all kreg plan you can (not just for built ins) and study how parts are put together and learn how best to use the pocket hole joinery for each phase of your design. Then you should be good to go.

Good luck.

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