Woodwork projects from Popular Science May 1936
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Bookshelves are excellent home workshop or school shop projects White pine is desirable for a Colonial effect, but the shelves may also be made of such cabinet woods as mahogany, walnut, or maple.
Laying out and shaping the sidepieces is the first operation. Fasten the two sides together with a brad at intervals where the waste sections occur. Cut both pieces at once with a turning saw or a band saw. File and sandpaper all edges. Next make the shelves. The back, which is the last part to prepare, may be of 1/4 or 3/8 in. plywood. In assembling shelves and sidepieces, use a dado joint, and fit the back with a rabbet joint. It is advisable to nail as well as glue these joints. Use small finish nails. Fill the nail holes and sandpaper the entire piece – Harold O Axeton