A standard-size sheet of plywood serves as the back of the bookcase; the other parts are standard-size solid lumber. The shelves are adjustable, supported in the center by a partition so they will not sag. Fastened across the top is a cleat, or horizontal board, that enables you to anchor the bookcase to a wall.
You can anchor large pieces of furniture in several ways. The figure showshow to anchor a bookcase to a wall, but the same methods can be used for otherpieces of furniture. As shown in the figure, a bookcase can be anchored withmetal L brackets and screws along its top or sides (either inside or outside) orwith screws through its back.
Photos: A bookcase is easy to build using standard-size materials from a lumberyard. Slotted standards allow shelf heights to be adjusted; Align supports with bottom ends of partition. Fasten standards parallel to board's long edges; Brace the bottoms of the sides and partition against a wall; attach the top and then the back, smooth side down; Anchor the bookcase to the wall studs with screws (inset); Surround base with 1-by-4 lumber or molding. If desired, surround the top and cover the vertical edges.
Anchoring a Bookcase to Drywall. Although most bookcases will stand upright without being attached to a wall, anchoring them is a valuable safety precaution. Doing so keeps the bookcase stable when fully loaded and prevents it from falling if a child climbs on it or an earthquake occurs. Not only will this prevent someone from being hurt by a tumbling bookcase and its contents, but it also will protect the items on the bookcase from being damaged or broken.