I don’t much go in for casework, being sans table saw and largely migrated to digital book collections (outside of woodworking books). But I have need for more shelf space. Specifically, to display my vintage Lego collection in my home office.
A heavy bookcase seems like a waste of time and materials for such a display. I could build or buy a lighted curio cabinet, but that’s probably overkill for what I’m trying to do here.
But there is a form of bookcase that would do perfectly: the wall-leaning variety. They are utterly ubiquitous and just behind live edge epoxy river tables and ahead of standing desks in trendiness. But, they are also easy to make with hand tools and relatively light on materials. So I’ll have a go of it with some leftover Eastern White Pine 2×8’s from the standing desk build and some clear-ish home center 1x12s
The design I have in mind will incorporate a dovetailed cabinet for a bottom shelf, which will hold some larger books and heavy items. That way, there can be dovetails in the project. Three or four additional shelves (over 80 inches of height) should be plenty to comfortably display all the vintage goodness.
In case you’re wondering, my favorite Lego sets are from 1989’s Space Police I and 1994’s Spyrius, with 1990’s M-Tron being a very close third. Check out http://www.bricklink.com.